The Marsalis clan
Is jazz a matter of genetics? Based on the musical pedigree of the Marsalis family
tree, one is inclined to think so. The father,
Ellis, opened the door. He, whom some consider to be the
best pianist from New Orleans, has been invited by the Festival several times. In 1996,
he played alongside his eldest son, Branford,
a top notch saxophonist. The latter has long been a member of the quartet of his
younger brother, Wynton,
a trumpet emeritus. Together, the brothers have already come to visit us several
times in the early 1980s. In 2009, they both agreed to participate in the 30th edition
of the Festival.
The Haden clan
Double bass player Charlie Haden
is a veteran of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which he
assiduously attends since the mid-1980s. In 2009, the musician will come to
present the show Family and Friends and the disc Rambling Boy,
which he will perform with his entire family: wife Ruth, son
Josh, daughters Tanya, Rachel and
Petra, as well as some illustrious friends.
The Kutis, father and son
Brothers Femi and
Seun Kuti are following in the footsteps of their famous
father, Fela, the inventor
of afro-beat. After playing for a few years with his father's legendary group, Egypt 80,
Femi assembled his own
outfit, Positive Force. He has already made a few visits to the Festival, most notably
in 2007 as part of a tribute to
Fela, who had passed away 10 years earlier.
Seun was also there to celebrate his eminent father.
The Brecker brothers
Together, trumpeter Randy Brecker
and saxophonist Michael Brecker
joined the jazz rock band Dreams in the late 1960s, and later, they formed the Brecker
Brothers, a jazz-funk fusion group that recorded several albums during the 1970s.
The brothers split up in 1982, but reunited again during the 1990s. In 1995,
they combined their talents at the Festival. Sadly, Michael passed away from complications
of leukemia in 2007.
The Pizzarellis, father and son
In 1996, the Festival welcomed the combined talents of the Pizzarelli family.
returned to serenade festival-goers, transforming the Théâtre Maisonneuve
into a New York-style cabaret from the 1940s. At his side: father
Bucky, the famous guitarist from the big bands of Benny
Goodman, and younger brother Martin, a double bass player. While papa Pizzarelli
had the honour of playing with famous guitarist Stéphane Grappelli at the
Festival in 1991, John has been drawing in festival-goers since 1992.