Montreal Jazz Fest – The Montreal International Jazz Festival announced this past Tuesday its lineup for the 2018 edition, the 39th year of the event. The announcement referred to the indoor concerts (paid concerts), the list of outdoor, free shows will be announced later. Those who year after year cover this emblematic event in our city were relieved: if the Jazz Fest is announcing its program then it is a sign that summer is coming after all.
Two guitar players, both American, great virtuosos of jazz fusion were announced: Al Di Meola will be on June 28 at 7 p.m. at the Maison symphonique, while the legendary Ry Cooder will be at Theatre Maisonneuve on June 29 at 8 p.m. Di Meola is the winner of the 2015 Miles Davis Award, and on this occasion he will be presenting pieces from his new album. Cooder is known for a distinguished career, his original soundtrack for the movie “Paris Texas,” and his involvement in the documentary devoted to Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club.
International artists are as usual an essential part of the program. Among the guest artists we can mention the talented Icelander multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds (June 29 at the Maison symphonique, at 7.m.), and New Zealand’s Kimbra, winner of a Grammy in 2012, with “her own musical world at the crossroads of pop, jazz, and soul” (July 6, at Club Soda, at 9 p.m.)
The national presence will also be noticeable with the François Bourassa Quartet on July 3 at 6 p.m. at Astral, Ontario aboriginal singer Jeremy Dutcher, on July 4 at the Gesù at 6 p.m., and from Nova Scotia, Holly Cole, one of this country’s great jazz singers, on July 5, at 7 p.m. at the Maison symphonique. These are among a large contingent of Canadian talents from Quebec and other provinces.
Those looking for a different type of event, one that is even suitable for all audiences, should pay attention to the Dreamworks Animation in Concert. The Orchestre Métropolitain will perform the themes of several animation movies, from “Shrek” to “Kung-Fu Panda” on June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre. Also, for something different, Spanish jazz pianist Chano Dominguez and the Flamenco Sketches Quintet will be presenting “a reinterpretation of the legendary Miles Davis work.” This concert will be on June 28 at the Ludger Duvernay Theatre of the Monument National, at 8 p.m. And for those who missed it last year, “Slāv” staged by Robert Lepage, with the voice of Betty Bonifassi and with the innovating style of Ex Machina will be featuring what has been called “A theatrical odyssey based on slave songs”. This presentation will go from July 2 to 7, and July 10 to 14 at 8 p.m. at the Theatre du Nouveau Monde.
Tickets for all the shows are on sale since this Friday, April 27. For detailed information including the whole lineup, ticket prices, and venues, visit www.montrealjazzfest.com