Jazz under the Christmas tree
Rock music likely would not be what it is today without the contributions of a pioneer in the genre: Ian Anderson, the voice and flute of Jethro Tull. With some 30 albums and thousands of concerts to their credit, the illustrious band marks its 50th anniversary with its very first visit to the Festival. A legendary concert on the horizon.
July 7, 7:30 p.m., Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts — Événements spéciaux TD series
Double bill: Two artists, as talented as they are innovative, share the Maison symphonique for a double bill of sheer finesse. Poised between minimalist chamber music and ultra-modern sounds, astonishing Iceland multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds, as part of his All Strings Attached tour, and Québécois pianist Jean-Michel Blais, armed with material from his new album, unfold contemplative melodies with absolutely spellbinding sensitivity and elegance. Sheer delight.
June 29, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal — Festival à la Maison symphonique series
Dee Dee Bridgewater presents a revolutionary reinterpretation of American blues and R&B classics, pouring out all the intelligence and power of a jazz diva with an undeniable soulful sensibility. Accompanied by Memphis Soulphony, Bridgewater pays thrilling tribute to a musical legacy she helped forge.
June 30, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts — Grands concerts Rio Tinto series
Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and his supremely talented Flecktones—Victor Wooten, Futureman and Howard Levy—are globally renowned for their magisterial performances and musical potpourri seasoned with bluegrass, African music, electric blues and Eastern European folk. Eight years after their last Festival visit, they finally make a highly anticipated return. Unmissable.
July 1, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA — Grands concerts Rio Tinto series
With his gospel-infused indie soul, Daniel Caesar ranks as one of the most popular Canadian artists. He won smash success with Praise Break (one of the top 20 R&B albums according to Rolling Stone), and Pilgrim’s Paradise. This year, the rising young Torontonian brings the fab Freudian to MTELUS after a sold-out North-American tour.
July 2, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — Rythmes series
Since first appearing on the French scene, Jain has been nothing less than a sensation! Her sparkling, utterly convincing multicultural “melting pop” delivers an irresistible fusion of reggae, electronica and groove, winning her the 2017 Victoire (French Grammy) for Female Artist of the Year and a platinum album for Zanaka. She brings us a second album, guaranteed to be as tasty as her debut!
July 5, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS — Rythmes series
High-voltage electroacoustic jazz, tightly-wound tempos, virtuoso musicianship: trio GoGo Penguin forged a unique sound that immediately propelled them to the forefront of the international jazz scene. After signing with Blue Note for their most recent album (Man Made Object), the Manchester group returns in February with the highly anticipated A Humdrum Star. Brilliant and refreshing.
July 1, 9 p.m., Club Soda — Couleurs SAQ series
Tickets on sale this Friday at noon