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Festival International De Jazz De Montréal Announces First Performers Confirmed For 2007 Program

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With 10 new concerts, Christmas comes early for jazz fans!

Keith Jarrett, Holly Cole, Buddy Guy and George Thorogood, Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Pink Martini and many more launch the 28th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Tickets on sale Saturday, December 9 at noon

Montreal, Thursday, December 7, 2006 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is thrilled to announce the first performers confirmed for its 2007 program, presented by General Motors in collaboration with Alcan. The musical forecast for summer 2007 looks hot, with a dozen irresistible shows offering a glimpse of what’s in store when the world’s finest musicians gather in Montreal for the 28th edition of this annual summit of jazz excellence. Pre-sale tickets for the 28th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be available beginning this Saturday, December 9, at noon.

Wrap up some jazz for Christmas!

A trio of virtuosi

Trio Beyond with Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield and Larry Goldings

  • Thé tre Maisonneuve, PDA
  • Thursday, June 28, 6 p.m.
  • (Grands Concerts TD Canada Trust series)

On their most recent album, Saudades — heralded by many as one of the best jazz albums of 2006 — the Trio Beyond pays tribute to the musical genius of Tony Williams. When a trio consists of an immortal jazz drummer (Jack DeJohnette), a guitar virtuoso (John Scofield) and a master of keyboard versatility (Larry Goldings), it obviously adds up to more than the sum of its parts. When these three play, the fourth man is in the house…

The #1 double-bassist in the world

Dave Holland Quintet

  • Spectrum
  • Thursday, June 28, 10 p.m.
  • (Jazz Beat TD Canada Trust series)

Dave Holland taught himself bass guitar as a teenager, before discovering double-bass and the universe of jazz. « Discovered » by Miles Davis and recipient of the prize bearing his name at the 26th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, this avid improviser quickly came to fame in his native England, before making his name throughout the jazz world, as a soloist or in various band formats. This time, he brings us the quintet he formed in 1997, featuring Robin Eubanks, Steve Nelson, Chris Potter and Nate Smith.

A stunning new album… a brand new show!

Holly Cole

  • Thé tre du Nouveau Monde
  • Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29, 8 p.m.

Talented Nova Scotia vocalist Holly Cole began her career singing on the Toronto scene before forming her own trio in 1985 with pianist Aaron Davis and bassist David Piltch. Trained in classical and jazz, she has always favoured a mélange of jazz and pop numbers, a signature blend that has earned her an array of gold and platinum albums. A wonderful stylist, she remakes songs from a roster as varied as Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Tom Waits and the Beatles. Who can forget her version of Calling You from the Bagdad Café soundtrack that first fired her across the international radar? Whet your appetite with a taste of her coming album, due in January.

An exclusive concert!

Wayne Shorter Quartet with the Imani Winds: Terra Incognita

  • Thé tre Maisonneuve, PDA
  • Friday, June 29, 6 p.m.
  • (Grands Concerts TD Canada Trust series)

He never met a rule he couldn’t break: Wayne Shorter pushes the limits of jazz anew, venturing into the realm of contemporary music. Aside from serving the passionate unpredictability of this legendary composer, the arrangements of the stunning Terra Incognita also fuse the sound of his quartet with the Imani Winds ensemble, to breathtaking effect. Book your passage on a musical journey into the unknown space where composition and improvisation become one.

Congenial, captivating…

Pink Martini

  • Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PDA
  • Friday, June 29, 6 p.m. and classy!
  • (Pleins feux General Motors series)

With two albums, Sympathique and Hang on Little Tomato, under its belt, and a reputation for captivating on-stage performances, the world’s classiest group is enjoying phenomenal success both here and in Europe. Self-proclaimed “musical archaeologists” who create modern tunes using melodies and rhythms from different parts of the world, these 10 Oregon-based musicians, led by delicious multilingual singer China Forbes, know how to take us to dreamland with their totally unique blend of jazz, Latin, lounge, world and retro music. Back in Montreal after last September’s sold-out concert. Get shaken and stirred!

Modernity and tradition!

An Evening with Joshua Redman

  • Thé tre Maisonneuve, PDA
  • Saturday, June 30, 6 p.m.
  • (Grands Concerts TD Canada Trust series)

Joshua Redman’s virtuosity on the saxophone brings further honour to the surname he inherited from his famous father, the great Dewey Redman. Returning to Montreal after a three-year absence, Joshua Redman is one of the most charismatic musicians to appear on the jazz scene in the “90s, whether performing solo or as a bandleader in the exalted company of Metheny, Haden, Mehldau and Brubeck. He will perform with his trio some of his newest compositions, which will be released on his upcoming album, due in Spring 2007.

The master of improvisation

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette

  • Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PDA
  • Sunday, July 1, 8 p.m.
  • (Pleins feux General Motors series)

How to classify Keith Jarrett: in the jazz section, or with the classical musicians? The man himself is succinct: « Essentially An Improviser », as the song title says. Well, that would explain his intrepid musical explorations from gospel to the avant-garde, all of them stamped with uncompromising brilliance and passion. A demanding perfectionist, he is quite simply one of the most important living jazz pianists. Make that pianists, period. Add Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums and you have music made in heaven!

Embodied excellence in guitar playing

The Bill Frisell Trio featuring Joey Baron & Tony Scherr

  • Spectrum
  • Thursday, July 5, 10 p.m.
  • (Jazz Beat TD Canada Trust series)

A singularly prolific artist (he’s appeared on over 100 albums, solo or in a group, in his 20-year career), American jazz guitarist Bill Frisell has played with Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, John Zorn and John Scofield. An apostle of musical diversity often compared to Miles Davis, his reach extends everywhere, even into film: Frisell composed music for three silent Buster Keaton films. In fact, the silver screen is a natural environment for Frisell, whose ambient, often ethereal music conjures a musical dream-state.

An awaited return!!

An Evening with Branford Marsalis

  • Thé tre Maisonneuve, PDA
  • Friday, July 6, 6 p.m.
  • (Grands Concerts TD Canada Trust series)

Back at the Festival for the first time since 1999, saxophonist/composer Branford Marsalis is the kind of artist you always rediscover, knowing full well how deliciously his music matures and evolves. Case in point: Braggtown, his most recent work with his quartet, takes inspiration from composer Henry Purcell, from Japanese horror films and from the life of an Amerindian warrior! Constantly evolving, spiced by 1,001 musical references, the work of Branford Marsalis transcends simple entertainment. Stamp it: Serious Music Lovers Only!

Never two much blues

George Thorogood & The Destroyers / Buddy Guy and his musicians

  • Métropolis
  • Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8, 8:30 p.m. for one night!
  • (Rythmes Hyatt Regency Montréal series)

It’s a devil of a double-bill for fans of rockin” blues guitar! On one hand, George Thorogood leads his loyal Delaware Destroyers into the fray, armed with the authentic, bristling attack that made them blues-rock heroes. On the other, the high-voltage guitar and raw-blues shout of Buddy Guy remind us why this man is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Devil take the hindmost when these two duel it out!

Tickets for these concerts from the upcoming 2007 program will go on sale beginning this Saturday, December 9, at noon.

Tickets for concerts presented in the Spectrum de Montréal, Métropolis and the Thé tre du Nouveau Monde are available from Ticketpro (ticketpro.ca, 514-908-9090 or 1 866-908-9090), or from the Spectrum box office (318 Ste. Catherine St. W.) and the Thé tre du Nouveau Monde box office (84 Ste. Catherine St. W. - tnm.qc.ca, 514-866-8668). Tickets for concerts presented in Place des Arts are available from the Place des Arts box office (pda.qc.ca, 514-842-2112) or from Admission (admission.com, 514-790-1245, toll-free at 1-800-361-4595).

For more information, call the Bell Info-Jazz Line at 514-871-1881, or toll-free at 1-888-515-0515, or visit montrealjazzfest.com.
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