Jazz Fest 2016: Winton Marsalis, Oliver Jones, and Chick Corea in Montreal
By Sergio Martinez – mtltimes.ca
No signs of summer yet, but if it may be a good anticipation of the season to come, this week the Montreal International Jazz Festival announced its lineup for the indoor concerts. And if you need any indication of how good this year’s edition will be let me drop just a few names: the incomparable trumpet master Winton Marsalis will be accompanied by the Lincoln Center Orchestra in which should be a memorable occasion for all jazz and music lovers in general. Marsalis will play at the Maison symphonique on June 30, at 7 p.m. Then Montreal’s own Oliver Jones will be performing with his trio and as a guest of the Orchestre nationale de Jazz in what also promises to be a landmark event, in fact, his Farewell Festival Concert, at the Maison symphonique on July 7 at 7 p.m. And one of the festival’s legends, Chick Corea will be at the Maison symphonique on July 1, at 7 p.m.
The festival opening concert will feature American singer-guitarist-pianist and songwriter Melody Gardot (Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre, June 29, 7:30 p.m.) with Lisa Simone in the opening act. The New Orleans group Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be in charge of the closing concert (Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre, July 9, 8 p.m.).
Other remarkable names that will be present in Montreal for the 37th edition of the Jazz Fest are Rufus Wainwright with full orchestra performing two evenings his Symphonic Visual Concerts, conceived around his opera Prima Donna and his greatest hits (Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre, July 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m.). Brian Wilson marking the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boy’s most legendary album (Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre, July 7, 7:30 p.m.). Cuba’s Gonzalo Rubalcaba with his Volcan Trio which also includes Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez and Armando Gola (Theatre Maisonneuve, July 7, 8 p.m.). The spectacular Montreal Jubilation Choir presenting their 10th album
“I’ll Take You There” (Maison symphonique, July 2, 7 p.m.). Renowned violinist Angèle Dubeau and her ensemble La Pietà offering an opportunity to experience the album “Ludovico Einaudi: Portrait” (Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, June 30 to July 2, 8 p.m.). Florence K will bring to the stage the experience of her book “Buena Vida” (Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, July 9, 8 p.m.). Gabriella will be performing her latest songs (Club Soda, July 4, 6 p.m.); the Acadian duo Radio Radio will delight those who like their mix of English and French (Club Soda, July 7, 10 p.m.). Flamenco enthusiasts should enjoy the presence of Renaud Garcia-Pons (Ludger Duvernay Auditorium, Monument National, 8 p.m.). Local pianist Roman Zavada promises “a cosmic, oneiric voyage under the Aurora Borealis” (Le Balcon, July 2 and 3, 6 p.m.). And Michel Donato will play godfather to six young local talents in the series Duets (L’Astral, July 4, 6 p.m.).
Of course, this is just a fraction of the whole program that contains around 175 concerts in various venues, mostly in the Quartier des spectacles, that is the area around the Place des Arts in downtown Montreal. For detailed description of the concerts, ticket prices, and the complete list of artists go to www.montrealjazzfest.com