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2013 Festival awards

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal honours
Charles Lloyd, Holly Cole, Alain Caron,
Amadou & Mariam and Tommy LiPuma

2013 Ella Fitzgerald Award: Holly Cole

Holly Cole Holly Cole is the 15th recipient of the Ella Fitzgerald Award, established in 1999 for our 20th anniversary and conferred in recognition of the versatility, improvisational originality and quality of repertoire of a singer renowned on the international scene. A Nova Scotia native, this talented singer launched her career as a member of a number of Toronto groups. A passionate purveyor of jazz and pop, she is renowned for her interpretive talents—she has no equal when it comes to taking songs by artists as varied as Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Jacques Brel or even the Beatles and making them her own. Over the course of a prolific 30-year career, Holly Cole has cast her spell over the Festival audience many times. Back after her remarkable performance in Théâtre Maisonneuve two years ago, she presents her most recent album, Night.

Holly Cole, June 27, 28 and 29, 8 p.m., at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (Tout en voix series).

In accepting the prize, Holly Cole will be following previous Ella Fitzgerald prizewinners Liza Minnelli (2012), Sade (2011), The Manhattan Transfer (2010), John Pizzarelli (2009), Aretha Franklin (2008), Harry Connick, Jr., (2007), Etta James (2006), Al Jarreau (2005) Tony Bennett (2004), Bobby McFerrin (2003), Dianne Reeves (2002), Diana Krall (2001), Dee Dee Bridgewater (2000) and Diane Schuur (1999).

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2013 Miles Davis Award: Charles Lloyd

Charles Lloyd Charles Lloyd will be the 20th recipient of the Miles Davis Award, created for our 15th anniversary in 1994 to honour a great international jazz musician for the entire body of his or her work and for that musician’s influence in regenerating the jazz idiom. Charles Lloyd has been a standard-bearer for a resolutely free and modern music since the ’60s, having created and spread the sound with an array of major musicians—from Keith Jarrett to Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock to Michel Petrucciani. The famed composer and multi-instrumentalist (equally brilliant on tenor sax and flute) approaches his 75th birthday at the peak of his musical form. In his first visit to this Festival since 2005, he’ll share the fruits of his most recent musical explorations in three consecutive concerts presented as part of the prestigious Invitation series. Three exceptional events in Théâtre Jean-Duceppe de la PdA, showcasing three facets of the vast talents of this great American jazzman.

Charles Lloyd Quartet with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland – June 28, 6 p.m. ;

Charles Lloyd, Sangam, with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland – June 29, 6 p.m. ;

Charles Lloyd, Duos and Trios with Jason Moran and Bill Frisell – June 30, 6 p.m..

Charles Lloyd is the latest in a series of Miles Davis prizewinners. He follows Ron Carter (2012), Stanley Clarke (2011), Sonny Rollins (2010), Ornette Coleman (2009), McCoy Tyner (2008), Mike Stern (2007), Brad Mehldau (2006), Dave Holland (2005), Keith Jarrett (2004), Joe Zawinul (2003), Chick Corea (2002), Michael Brecker (2001), Charlie Haden (2000), Cassandra Wilson (1999), John Scofield (1998), Herbie Hancock (1997), Wayne Shorter (1996), Pat Metheny (1995) and John McLaughlin (1994).

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2013 Antonio Carlos Jobim Award: Amadou & Mariam

Amadou & Mariam Amadou & Mariam are the recipients of the 10th Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, created for the Festival’s 25th anniversary to honour artists distinguished in the field of world music whose influence on the evolution of jazz and cultural crossover is widely recognized. Since their first concert as a couple in 1977 at Bobo Dioulasso Stadium, Malians Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia have offered the music world a vibrant and magical presence and sound, unleashing a refreshing joie de vivre over funky rhythms. Enriched by a career’s worth of musical collaborations, their music incorporates blues from both sides of the Atlantic, on a foundation of rock with disco or Latin inflections, soaring to the sound of Amadou’s guitar as well as such traditional instruments as kora and balafon. Their irresistible musical chemistry is in full swing on their 7th and latest album, Folila, which they’re certain to treat us to during the TD Grand Closing Event: Amadou & Mariam, July 7, 9 p.m., scène TD, place des Festivals (Les Performances TD series), with guest Fatoumata Diawara.

As winners of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, Amadou & Mariam follow in the footsteps of Emir Kusturica (2012), Youssou N’Dour (2011), Richard Bona (2010), Toots & The Maytals (2009), Gilberto Gill (2008), Angélique Kidjo (2007), Salif Keita (2006), Khaled (2005) and Ibrahim Ferrer (2004).

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2013 Oscar Peterson Award: Alain Caron

Alain Caron Alain Caron is the 25th artist to receive the Oscar Peterson Award, created on the 10th anniversary of the Festival in 1989 to salute a Canadian musician who has made outstanding contributions to jazz in this country and for the quality of his art. For the first time in the history of the Festival, an artist will receive the prestigious Oscar Peterson Award for a second time: Alain Caron was first presented the award in 1991 while a member of legendary jazz fusion group UZEB. Today, the virtuoso bassist will be honoured as a solo musician in recognition of the stellar career he has led with brilliance since the dissolution of the group in 1992. Masterfully performing on a relatively rare instrument—the six-string bass—he has earned international status as an exceptional artist. Named best electric bassist an incredible 8 consecutive years by Jazz Report, winner of 11 Félix Awards, Caron numbers over 20 albums to his credit. With a brand new album, Multiple Faces, this poet of the six-string bass invites us to an evening of peerless prowess July 3, 10:30 p.m., at Gesù — Centre de créativité (Jazz dans la nuit series).

As recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award, Alain Caron follows in the footsteps of Peter Appleyard (2012), Jean‑Pierre Zanella (2011), Don Thompson (2010), Susie Arioli (2009), Dave Young (2008), François Bourassa (2007), Yannick Rieu (2006), Bernard Primeau (2005), Diana Krall (2004), Kenny Wheeler (2003), Lorraine Desmarais (2002), Moe Koffman (2001), Charles Biddle (2000), Maynard Ferguson (1999), Guy Nadon (1998), Rob McConnell (1997), Nelson Symonds (1996), Michel Donato (1995), Paul Bley (1994), Fraser MacPherson (1993), Vic Vogel (1992), UZEB (1991), Oliver Jones (1990) and, of course, Oscar Peterson (1989).

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2013 Bruce Lundvall Award: Tommy LiPuma

Tommy LiPuma Tommy LiPuma is the 5th recipient of the Bruce Lundvall Award. In keeping with a tradition launched for the Festival’s 10th edition, and repeated every five years with the addition of a new prize, the Festival marked its 30th anniversary with the creation of the Bruce Lundvall Award, presented annually to a non-musician who has left a mark on the world of jazz or contributed to the development of the music, through the media, the concert or record industries. An American producer with 50 years of experience in the music world, Tommy LiPuma has worked with an impressive array of musicians in the spheres of pop and jazz, from George Benson to Diana Krall, Barbra Streisand to Paul McCartney. His résumé is adorned with some 35 gold and platinum albums, along with 3 Grammy Awards. The “LiPuma Touch”, a blend of refinement, professionalism and musical passion, is now highly appreciated by music fans, critics, and above all, the artistic community.

As recipient of the Bruce Lundvall Award, Tommy LiPuma follows in the footsteps of Michael Cuscuna (2012), George Wein (2011), Herman Leonard (2010) and the man whose name graces the trophy, Bruce Lundvall (2009).

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2013 TD Grand Jazz Award: Hutchinson Andrew Trio

Hutchinson Andrew Trio The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in collaboration with TD—official sponsor and presenter of the event—are today pleased to be awarding the TD Grand Jazz Award to the Hutchinson Andrew Trio, which was deemed best of 9 other jazz ensembles who took part in the pan-Canadian competition. Very popular out west, this Alberta combo consisting of Kodi Hutchinson (double bass), Chris Andrew (piano) and Karl Schwonik (drums), specializes in contemporary acoustic jazz—their influences include such notables as Brad Mehldau and Aaron Parks… In their 2nd Festival appearance, the boys of HAT introduced us to their solid 3rd album, Prairie Modern, with their special guest André Leroux.

The jury made a special mention of the Emie R Roussel Trio, who will return to the Festival next year.

Created in 1982 by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Grand Jazz Award has become a springboard for local musicians with bright futures in jazz. Every summer, the awarding of the TD Grand Jazz Award has increasingly drawn the interest of the general public, as well as observers of the national and international jazz scenes, giving that last big boost to groups or artists on the verge of general recognition.

As a recipient of the TD Grand Jazz Award, Hutchinson Andrew Trio follows in the footsteps of Robi Botos (2012), Alexandre Côté (2011), Parc X Trio (2010) and Amanda Tosoff (2009).

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2013 Galaxie Rising Star Award: Baker’s Dozen and Winds of Change, by Shirantha Beddage

Shirantha Beddage Galaxie is proud to be associated with the TD Grand Jazz Award. The 2013 Galaxie Rising Star Award is going to Shirantha Beddage for his pieces Baker’s Dozen and Winds of Change, considered by the jury to be the best compositions presented in this year’s contest. In addition to a $5,000 grant, the winner will have his music played on one or many jazz channels offered by Galaxie. By encouraging these upcoming stars, Galaxie is fulfilling one of its heartfelt objectives.

As a recipient of the Galaxie Rising Star Award, Shirantha Beddage follows in the footsteps of Don Scott (2012), John Roney (2011), Darren Sigesmund (2010) and Vincent Gagnon (2009).

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