Montreal, Jazz Capital

June 25 to 27, 2017

 

From June 25 to 27, Stingray DJAZZ warms you up for the annual Montreal International Jazz Festival, broadcasting concerts from past editions of the largest jazz festival in the world. Experience Montreal’s rich festival history with performances by guitarist Bill Frisell and Latin jazz artist Omar Sosa, and be sure to catch unforgettable appearances by Roy Hargrove and Canada’s pride, Oscar Peterson!

Stingray DJAZZ is pleased to prepare you for the 2017 Montreal International Jazz Festival, which takes place from June 28 to July 7 in the Canadian province of Quebec. For over a week, downtown Montreal is closed to traffic. From early morning to late night, dozens of stages feature large crowds and performances by renowned jazz musicians.

In 1977, Alain Simard established a summer festival in Montreal in order to promote international collaborations among jazz artists. The first edition was in 1980, when Ray Charles, Chick Corea and Vic Vogel performed to an audience of 12, 000! Since then, the festival has grown spectacularly: in 2004, the Montreal International Jazz Festival became the largest jazz festival in the world. Every year, the festival attracts over 3,000 artists playing a total of 650 concerts, attended by a stunning 2.5 million jazz fans!


Sunday, June 25 at 21:05 CEST | Montréal Jazz: Bill Frisell

The tremendously prolific guitarist Bill Frisell is renowned for incorporating all the diversity of American culture - blues, country, rock, gospel - in his work, plus any number of other musical phenomena past and present. This concert is no different. The material of this concert is steeped in the blues, but it has a laid-back dreamlike feel to it. This all helped by Frisell's affection for unusual instrument combinations, in this case a jazz horn trio and a guitar-centered quartet. The acclaimed musician’s compositions are all imbued with tradition, but tradition as seen through very modern eyes. This Montréal recording continues Frisell’s string of deliberations on traditional American country and folk styles, but in a deeper more complex way.

Performers: Curtis Fowlkes, Billy Drewes, Greg Leisz, Matt Chamberlain, Ron Miles, David Plitch, Bill Frisell
Producer: Amérimage-Spectra
Video director: Pierre Séguin
Location: Montréal, Canada
Year: 2002


Sunday, June 25 at 22:15 CEST | Montréal Jazz: Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa is considered a keyboard legend by some and new Latin jazz artist by others, but everyone agrees that this sensational musical wizard has proven to be the Cuban discovery of recent years. Having grown up in the Afro-Cuban musical traditions, the electrifying performer is now exploring fusions between Cuba, Venezuela and Morocco. Positively captivating on the Montréal Jazz Festival!

Performers: Omar Sosa
Producer: Amérimage-Spectra
Video director: Pierre Séguin
Location: Montréal, Canada
Year: 2002


Monday, June 26 at 21:00 CEST | Dave Holland live at Montréal Jazz

No jazz musician is flying higher these days than bassist Dave Holland. He’s been the number-one acoustic bass player in the Down Beat Critics Poll for four years. And he was voted both bass player of the year and musician of the year by the Jazz Journalists Association. But Holland is not only one of the outstanding jazz bassists of modern times, he’s also an extraordinary leader of small ensembles. His quintet’s first two albums were both nominated for Grammys, and here they are not long after recording their third. Dave Holland fronting an all-star lineup of Chris Potter on saxophones, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Steve Nelson on vibraphone and Billy Kilson on drums. It’s a ‘monster quintet’.

Performers: Dave Holland, Robin Eubanks, Billy Kilson, Steve Nelson, Chris Potter
Producer: Amérimage-Spectra
Video Director:  Pierre Séguin
Location: Montréal, Canada


Monday June 26 at 22:20 CEST | The Enrico Rava Quartet live in Montréal

Enrico Rava has been the major player in the growth of the Italian jazz scene at home and at the international level. Admirer of Miles and Chet, refined player and composer, he returns to the Montréal Jazz Festival with his quintet, and a new Italian prodigy in tow: saxophonist Francesco Cafiso, who is already setting the critical establishment on its ear at the tender age of 16. With the established trumpeter and the young lion, the present – and future – of Italian jazz are in good hands.

Performers: Enrico Rava, Rosario Benaccorso, Francesco Cafiso, Giovanni Petrella, André Pozza, Fabrizio Sferra
Producer: Amérimage-Spectra
Video director:  Pierre Séguin
Location: Montréal, Canada
Year: 2005


Tuesday, June 27 at 21:00 CEST | Oscar Peterson at Montréal Jazz

Canadian born Oscar Peterson brought a sold out crowd to its feet several times, with multiple standing ovations honoring the reputed musical genius. Oscar Peterson’s notorious speed, dexterity and ability to swing at any tempo is on full display in this memorable and historic performance. Oscar Peterson tickles the ivories like there is no tomorrow! Peterson demonstrates the he is truly in his element when in front of his Grand Piano, hypnotically commanding the viewers’ attention and not letting go until the very end. This concert at the Montréal Jazz Festival proves that Oscar Peterson can still bring the house down after half a century of musical magic.

Performers: Oscar Peterson
Producer: Amérimage-Spectra
Video director:  Pierre Séguin
Location: Montréal, Canada
Year: 2004


Tuesday, June 27 at 22:05 CEST | Roy Hargrove and the RH Factor live in Montréal

Grammy Award winning trumpeter and composer Roy Hargrove has established himself a solid reputation as one of the most versatile and hardest working players in jazz. In this Montréal International Jazz Festival performance, Hargrove’s magical trumpet stylings seep into the night and captivate the audience with velvety smooth cadence. A combination of Cuban rhythms, jazz, groove and funk are skillfully exuded from the musician whose technique is magical. This performance, though mainly focused on Hargrove’s trumpet playing, also lends itself to compelling and dynamic solos from an excellent pool of musicians.

Performers: Roy Hargrove, Calmers Alfrod, Bobby Sparks, Rene Neufville, Reggie Washington, Jason Thomas, Bernard Wright, Keith Anderson, Willy III Jones,
Producer: Amérimage-Spectra
Video director: Mario Rouleau
Location: Montréal, Canada
Year: 2003