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International Jazz Day, Thursday, April 30th, a international cultural event, a celebration of jazz, and a live concert/webcast from Paris with Herbie Hancock, Hugh Masekela, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Annie Lennox, Femi Kuti, and many more!

149x178-Facebook-Profile.jpgUnesco Director-General Irina Bokova and Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock are pleased to announce the 4th annual International Jazz Day (IJD 2015), which will be celebrated around the world on Thurday, April 30, 2015. Paris has been selected to serve as the 2015 Global Host City.

Presented each year on April 30th in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the IJD 2015 encourages and highlights the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity, promoting intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding, uniting people from all corners of the globe. The celebration is recognized on the official calendars of both Unesco and the United Nations, and this year will be a significant part of Unesco’s 70th Anniversary celebration.

The IJD 2015 celebration will kick off in Paris, France on Thurday, April 30th with a daylong series of jazz education programs, performances, and community outreach. An evening All-Star Global Concert at Unesco Headquarters will feature stellar performances by Dee Dee Bridgewater, A Bu (China), Igor Butman (Russia), Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau,  Ibrahim Maalouf (Lebanon), Hugh Masekela (South Africa), Marcus Miller, Guillaume Perret (France), Dianne Reeves, Claudio Roditi (Brazil), Wayne Shorter, Dhafer Youssef (Tunisia) and many other internationally acclaimed artists, with further details to be announced shortly. John Beasley will serve as the evening’s Musical Director.

On April 30th, there will be a worldwide celebration honoring jazz” said Ambassador Hancock.

Don't miss the webcast Paris concert, Thursday April 30th - 7pm Paris time, 1pm to 5pm Montreal time :

Editor's Note : How can we participate in Québec ?  The artists and venues of the concerts held April 30 can (and should!) registrer their event in the IJD 2015 programming by clicking easy !

Don’t miss the talented guitarist Al Di Meola this summer for the 36th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal!

FIJM_150x150_SJN_Al_Di_Meloa (Jo).jpgThe legendary guitarist hailed to the moon and back for his flamboyant style and impeccable technique, Al Di Meola, will stop in the city for the 36th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal! An appointment you can’t miss with the one who’s equally famed for his jazz fusion and acoustic playing.

Launched into the musical firmament in the band Return to Forever with Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, the musician stops by the Festival as part of his electric tour, Elegant Gypsy & More, in the latest live incarnation of his incredible talent. An evening with a musician known for his jazz fusion work with latin influences! Discover not only these compositions, but also his technical mastery and his very rapid and complex guitar solos!

An evening you won’t ever forget (on Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m. at Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts)!

Stay tuned, the full program will be announced on April 21!

Tickets and info available at !

Singer Myreille Bédard, Les Vendredis Jazz at l'Espace Cercle Carré, Friday, April 24th.

Myreille Bedard photo MV 150X150.jpgMyreille Bédard started her singing career with famous a capella vocal group La Bande Magnétik, who have performed, among others, at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. In addition to her two solo albums Éclats de vie and Comme le vent, she's also on the Putumayo Quebec CD compilation and was twice named Planète Jazz Revelation, by the station of the same name. In 2013, she had her first contact with the Paris scene and is planning a return visit next June.

Sensitive to art in all its forms, the singer, author and actress presents her music in a straightforward way, sparkling and vibrant. A mix of jazz, song and world music, we are completely taken by her universe. Her repertoire is composed of original songs as well as her own take on popular standards in jazz and song, that she reappropriates with much originality.

This concert's highlighted by the complicity she has with wonderful pianist Philippe Noireaut, a well-known pianist whose career began in France with Claude Nougaro, Serge Reggiani and François Béranger.

On Friday, April 24th expect an intimite concert, cheerful and into the light, a moment you can't miss!

Myreille Bédard : voice
Philippe Noireaut : piano

Piano Fandrich by Pianos Esmonde-White

Participate in our contest and you win a pair of tickets for this concert by clicking here

Tickets 25$ / students and members of the Espace Cercle Carré Coop 15$ - reservations 514-397-0430 - Myreille Bédard - Friday, April 24th at 8pm - 36 Queen - The series continues every last Friday of the month from February to June with Christian Bailet and his 4tet Electrolys May 29th and Yoel Diaz and his 4tet Cubarteto June 26th. Photo Michel Verreault.

Pianist Oliver Jones honored in the Have Fingers Will Travel exhibit and tribute at l'Espace Culturel Georges-Emile-Lapalme of Place des Arts until May 4th.

animation expo Oliver Jones.gifOliver Jones turns 80 years old this year and not only is he a masterful pianist, a jazz ambassador and a tremendous artist, but he's also a great Montrealer.

The Round Table on Black History Month has decided to honour him with an exhibition/tribute. Have Fingers, Will Travel honours Oliver Jones's career, and in so doing,  Montreal jazz history as a whole. The exhibition will allow the public to get a glimpse of a child prodigy, born and raised in Little Burgundy, whose fingers conquered the world. Following in the footsteps of Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones contributed to the legend of the "Montreal nights". After his voluntary exile, the pianist with the magic fingers decided to
return to the city that was his birthplace. In so doing, he would hold a very special place within an institution that is much beloved by music enthusiasts: the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Under the direction of Stanley Péan, the historical portion will use 11 boards to cover the biggest moments in Oliver Jones's life and career. Within those boards are important  figures who had an impact on Jones's career and who, from classical to jazz, influenced him on an artistic and musical level.

The artistic component - led by commissioner Guy Chigoho, a gallery owner and collector – will be held at Place des Arts' Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, and will present eight artists who, each in their own way, are paying tribute to Oliver Jones: Montreal graffiti artist of Haitian origin, Maliciouz; painter Joseph André, born in Port-au-Prince; French artist of Malian origin, Koly Cherif Keita; Paul Henry Kiese, originally from Kinshasa; multidisciplinary artist Stanley Fevrier; poet Fabrice Kofy; illustrator Kalkidan Assefa, born in in Addis Ababa; and Nigeria-Canadian painter Kosisochukwu Nnebe.

To find out about Black History Month, visit - Photos Kevin Calixte

CDJAZZ by Christophe Rodriguez

Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble - Dave Brubeck Tribute

I never really liked Dave Brubeck, too polite, too mainstream, but I always knew that's he was one of the great ambassadors of jazz. Respect is equally due to his alter ego, altist Paul Desmand, a man of simple yet inimitable phrases, as well as drummer Joe Morella and bassist Eugene Wright. These great musicians and their new music attracted many new fans to jazz.

This long introduction leads us to Rémi Bolduc, eminent montreal alto saxophonist, composer and university professor, who, with the help of a few accomplices set out to render a "hommage" to the founder of Time Out. A tribute such as this does not imply just replaying the music, althought you have to respect a few guidelines. First of all, the player has to get the theme just right, as well as it's unique rhythm, and convey the sense of it all. Because arrangements are important here, Rémi Bolduc chose to inject some of his science, with
his pencil, slightly arranging : Rondo A la Turk, Far More Blues, Charles Matthew Halleeluja (two obscure titles),  Everybody’s Jumpin - a Johnny Hodges trademark tune and Three To Get Ready.

Supported by pianist François Bourassa, who's got that swing, Fraser Hollins, the man with the singing bass, and drummer Dave Laing, the Brubeck machine is on track. Less opalescent that Paul Desmond and closer to Julian Cannonball Adderley (a round, edgy and tick sound that also recalls baritone saxman Pepper Adams), Rémi Bolduc whirlwinds. Adding many choruses, pushing the rhythmics, he expresses with stunning agility his own take on the master's music. Always on it's toes the rhythm section pushes the enveloppe, and I rediscover pianist François Bourassa.

Even thought there's a lack of romanticism, Rémi Bolduc and his mates have found their common ground, which is everything.

To find out more, listen to excerpts and see a few videos of the project, visit

Upcoming concerts, all listed in our Outside Montreal section

Centre des arts Juliette-Lassonde (St-Hyacinthe) - April 16
Salle Desjardins-Telus de Rimouski - April 24

Christophe Rodriguez is also jazz, classical and book columnist/blogger at the Journal de Montréal

TVJAZZ  April 30 2015
2015 International Jazz Day trailer - April 30th 2015

The People We're Becoming - Emma Frank, Simon Millerd, Isis Giraldo, Martin Heslop and Marc Beland, Tuesday, April 28th at Résonance.

emma_frank_150X150.jpgSinger/composer Emma Frank is back with her 2nd album entitled The People We're Becoming. Emma Frank has a very seductive voice, with a unique tone that sometimes reminds us of a young Joni Michell. Her brand of jazz is soft and steeped in folk, her texts addresses the themes of love and sentiments of our daily life.

The young bostonian, established in Montréal for a few years has played at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in 2014, North by Northeast, Pop Montréal as well as the Festival International de Jazz de Québec.

On this new project, with all the music composed by Emma, she's invited her life companion, the charming trumpet player Simon Millerd. His playing is remarquable and bewitching, blending very well with the singer's voice. Simon wrote a song in which Emma lends her voice like an instrument - without words. For this project Emma Frank sings these new compositions in a quintet formation.

Ethereal music, ambient, with energy and groove!

The People We're Becoming
Emma Frank, voice and compositions
Simon Millerd, trumpet
Isis Giraldo
, piano and voice
Martin Heslop
, bass
Marc Beland
, drums
Tuesday, April 28th at 6pm
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Gilbertos Samba interview with Gilberto Gil a few minutes before his April 8th concert at Place des Arts.

animation Gilberto Gil.gifWhat a privilege we had, David Ryshpan and I, to meet and discuss with one of the masters of brazilian music, Gilberto Gil, who presented his latest project Gilbertos Samba, Wednesday, April 8th at Place des Arts, part of Spectra's Jazz All-Year Round.

We spoke about his personal and musical relationship with João Gilberto, the two major reasons for the Gilbertos Samba project, how electronic music fits in with bossa nova, the timeless appeal for bossa nova and Brazil's music globally and a upcoming project with Caetano Veloso.

In concert with Bern Gil, Erivaldo Oliveira and Domenico Lancellotti.

To see the interview (in french) with a few concert clips,

Claude Thibault

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Win a pair of tickets for singer Myreille Bédard à l'Espace Cercle Carré, April 24th!

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