Genevieve PM Roy
International Jazz Festival of Montreal - a celebration of music and life !
By far the largest and most beloved attraction of the summer is the International Jazz Festival of Montreal presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan that ran from June 26th to July 6th 2014.
What I truly love about Montreal is its immense love affair with festivals and music. By far the largest and most beloved attraction of the summer is the International Jazz Festival of Montreal presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan that ran from June 26th to July 6th 2014. The festival just celebrated its 35th edition, a span which has permitted millions of music appreciators from all over the globe to gather and enjoy magical moments - both indoors and outdoors, with several stars of the Jazz world.
2014 was a glorious celebration marked no less by the presence of several international favorites such as Diana Krall and guest star, husband Elvis Costello who performed in front of an enthusiastic outdoor crowd of over 100,000 for the TD Grand Event show presented in collaboration with SiriusXM.
The world-famous Jazz pianist Oliver Jones transported visitors into a colorful universe of song for his 80th anniversary concert which featured some of his best hits while also introducing to the stage young new talent Daniel Clarke Bouchard. For this special concert held at the new Maison Symphonique de Montreal, Montreal’s own Ginette Reno made a surprise guest visit, much to the delight of the audience. Being present for this milestone celebration felt quite momentous and I felt very strongly about seeing him perform on stage with the same vibrancy, passion and technique the great master has perfected over the years.
Jazz roots are largely based on improvisation. The style has widely evolved while balancing traditional forces with the pursuit of new ideas and approaches. Aside from the amazing roster of international stars - the thing I truly love about the Jazz festival is the diversity and quality of interior and exterior concerts on offer as well as the potential for musical discovery that doesn’t confine itself to more traditional jazz offerings. For the Record: Tarantino in Concert, was a brilliant example of a show that not only delivered high energy Jazz music, but also combined live theater, song and dance centered around a cinematic theme!
Another great musical discovery was virtuosic guitarist and singer Jordan Officer who wowed the crowd at the Savoy Metropolis with catchy songs from his 2nd solo album “I’m Free” which drew its dynamic energy from the purest of blues and country sources. I am happy to note that he has rapidly become a darling of the festival and will be performing next November 21st at L'Astral.
The Rendez-vous Loto-Québec in collaboration with Sony presented American Rock& Roll band Vintage Trouble that burst onto the outdoor stage like a ball of pure energy and made me groove in a way I will never forget! Their first album release: “The Bomb Shelter Sessions” is all about jubilant life and love. The band’s lead vocalist Ty Taylor was an exceptional performer who danced, twisted, turned, thrust and even dashed head first into the cheering crowd! Vintage Trouble allowed us to relive the most vibrant emotions we have experienced in our lives. The lead singer made performing in front of crowd as comfortable as being with a group of enthusiastic friends. After experiencing their incredible outdoor performance, I was happy to attend a second indoor concert a few days later at the Corona Theater, where the energy was equally high and the audience danced the night away. The band is currently on tour in Europe and Japan but will be back in the US by next September.
Jazz musicians and bands generally enjoy collaborating with others and often work on numerous side projects. The after hour Jam-Sessions held within the sophisticated ambiance of the Hyatt Regency Hotel is the ideal destination for those seeking new connections or for fans who desire to relax and enjoy more music after all the major concerts have finished for the day. Hosted by brilliant Canadian pianist John Roney and his trio, any musician present were invited to take to the stage and have their moment to shine. The ensemble offers classy and modern jazz seeped in pop and rock that is equally sensitive and energetic, while offering a flexible repertoire to cater to a wide audience. As a bonus, special guests often make an impromptu appearance!
The 36th edition of the International Jazz Festival will be held from June 26th to July 5th 2015.
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