The big comeback: The Montreal Jazz Festival returns with a “massive celebration” | Vermont Arts
After two years of reduced versions, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is back in force with a stellar line-up for its 42nd edition.
Starting Thursday and running through July 9, the 10-day soiree will feature more than 350 concerts — two-thirds of which are free — at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues in bustling downtown Montreal.
“We are super delighted to welcome the public again,” said Maurin Auxéméry, director of reservations and programming of cultural events at the festival, by e-mail on Monday. “It’s going to be a massive celebration like before.”
Auxéméry, who has been a talent booker for the festival for the past nine years, called it “one of the most exciting line-ups of the past decade” and “a perfect mix of big names and artists. emerging from jazz and beyond.”
“The depth of lineup has never been stronger,” he said. “Each place has been organized with special care.”
Auxéméry said he was particularly excited about the new “all-Montreal” outdoor space, Club Montreal TD, “featuring local food, local drinks and local bands like Chiiild, Busty and the Bass and Ada Léa.”
It’s also pleased to present revered hip-hop group The Roots, who close the festival on a high with a free show on July 9 on the main outdoor stage – where artists like Kamasi Washington, Nathaniel Rateliff, Corrine Bailey Rae, Lee Fields and the Jireh Gospel Choir also perform for free during the festival.
“Outdoor programming has never been stronger,” said Auxéméry.
Here’s a look at some of the standout shows featured at this year’s festival:
Witch Prophet – Toronto-based singer-songwriter Ayo Leilani performs in support of her acclaimed album, ‘DNA Activation,’ the deluxe edition of which was released last year. A compelling soundscape of vocal layers, loops, raps and harmonies with beats inspired by hip-hop, jazz and soul,” the album is “a powerful sonic stew,” according to Exclaim. TD stage, 6 p.m.
AHI — Toronto indie-soul artist, aka Ahkinoah Habah Izarh, performs in support of his stellar 2021 album, “Prospect,” which Atwood magazine called a “stunning and moving work of raw humanity.” Rio Tinto Stage, 8 p.m.
Tash Sultana (Opening Event) – At just 27 years old, the rising Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist is a powerhouse known for his explosive shows. TD Stage, 9:30 p.m.
Corinne Bailey Rae – The Grammy-winning British singer-songwriter – best known for her 2006 hit song ‘Put Your Records On’ – performs on her first tour in more than five years. TD Stage, 9:30 p.m.
Samara Joy – The 24-year-old Bronx-based rising jazz singer is “an empowered, deeply emotional singer with a power that usually takes a lifetime to master,” according to Downbeat. TD stage, 6 p.m.
Kamasi Washington — A longtime star of LA’s progressive jazz scene, the monstrous saxophonist brings his massive band back to Montreal. TD Stage, 9:30 p.m.
Waahli — The Montreal musician, member of the hip-hop super group Nomadic Massive, mixes hip-hop with Haitian and Afro-Caribbean influences. Club Montreal TD, 7 p.m.
Lee Fields – Now 71, the veteran singer of the ’60s soul-funk scene is more vital than ever, as evidenced by a string of killer albums over the past decade. TD Stage, 9:30 p.m.
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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – The Denver-based singer and his prominent soul-rock ensemble perform in support of their acclaimed 2021 album, ‘The Future.’ TD Stage, 9:30 p.m.
Busty and the Bass — The standout Montreal collective delivers an eclectic, funk-focused sound that fuses electro soul with hip-hop and jazz. Club Montreal TD, 11 p.m.
Leyla McCalla – A highlight of the 2019 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, the New Orleans-based singer and multi-instrumentalist performs in support of her new album, ‘Breaking the Thermometer,’ released last month on the Anti label. . TD stage, 6 p.m.
Bombino — The stage name of Nigerian singer and guitarist Omara Moctar, who has been called by The New York Times “one of the world’s greatest living blues guitarists.” Loto-Québec stage, 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Cri — The stage name of rising Quebec electronic musician Christophe Dubé, Cri will perform with many special guests for “a one-of-a-kind show created especially for the festival,” according to a press release. TD Stage, 9:30 p.m.
Suuns — The adventurous Montreal rock trio perform in support of their haunting fifth album, “The Witness,” which Pitchfork called “their most cohesive album to date.” Club Montreal TD, 11 p.m.
Cadence Weapon – A highlight of the 2019 Waking Windows festival, the Edmonton-born Toronto rapper and producer won a prestigious Polaris Music Prize for his stellar 2021 album ‘Parallel World,’ the deluxe edition of which was released in March. . Rio Tinto Stage, 8 p.m.
The Roots (TD Grand Closing Event) – One of hip-hop’s top bands and long considered one of the best live bands, hip-hop or otherwise, The Roots take over the TD stage to close out the festivities with style. TD Stage, 9:30 p.m.
Chiiild — The Montreal band perform in support of their infectious EP, “Synthetic Soul,” which mixes retro soul, psychedelic pop and modern R&B. Club Montreal TD, 11 p.m.
Paid indoor shows (Canadian prices; taxes included)
GoGo Penguin, Mammal Hands – Famous Manchester-based leftist piano trio GoGo Penguin return to the festival to support their 2020 self-titled album and third for Blue Note Records. Also on the bill is British jazz trio Mammal Hands. Maisonneuve Theatre, 8 p.m. $44.50-$54.90
Christian McBride — The master bassist brings his jazz-funk project, which pays homage to McBride’s friend and mentor, James Brown. Monument-National, 8 p.m. $58.50
Makaya McCraven – A highlight of the 2019 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, the Paris-born, Chicago-based drummer, producer and beatmaker has quickly become one of jazz’s hottest artists – The New York Times said he “has quietly become one of the best arguments for the vitality of jazz. McCraven performs his 2021 album for Blue Note Records, “Deciphering the Message,” live with Jeff Parker, Joel Ross and Marquis Hill. Gesù, 6 p.m. ( also June 30 with Madison McFerrin and July 2 with Ravi Coltrane).$46.15
Cory Henry – The charismatic Brooklyn-based organist is known for his rousing live performances and soulful blend of jazz, funk and gospel. Club Soda, 9 p.m. $42
Cécile McLorin Salvant — The three-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter performs in support of her new album, ‘Ghost Song,’ released last month. Monument-National, 8 p.m. $65.50
Joey Bada$$ – The standout Brooklyn rapper performs in support of his highly anticipated new album, ‘2000,’ due out 10 years after the release of his debut mixtape ‘1999.’ MTélus, 8:30 p.m. $44.25
Dominique Fils-Aimé — The Montreal jazz-soul phenomenon is a Juno- and Polaris-nominated singer-songwriter. Maisonneuve Theatre, 8 p.m. $53.25
Moor Mother – The Philadelphia-based singer and poet, aka Camae Ayewa, performs in support of her upcoming new album (July 1), ‘Jazz Codes,’ her sixth album and second for the Anti label. 10:30 p.m. at the Gesu. $41.85
Céu – The standout Brazilian singer performs in support of her sixth album, 2021’s ‘Um Gosto De Sol,’ her debut collection of covers. Club Soda, 9 p.m. $41
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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah — The incendiary trumpeter and electrifying performer brings back his self-proclaimed “Stretch Music” — “a proud hybrid of styles and approaches, with a heavy groove underlay,” as NPR called it — to Montreal. Monument-National, 8 p.m. $60.15
Woodkid – French singer-songwriter and music video director, aka Yoann Lemoine, performs in support of his 2020 second album, ‘S16,’ a sequel to his acclaimed 2013 debut album, ‘The Golden Age “. MTelus, 8:30 p.m. (also July 6). $89
Robert Glasper – One of the most compelling artists in jazz – and music in general – Grammy-winning keyboardist Robert Glasper performs in support of a new album, “Black Radio III”, released in February. Maisonneuve Theatre, 8 p.m. $66.75
Basia Bulat, serpentwithfeet — The acclaimed Montreal singer-songwriter performs in support of her sixth album, “The Garden,” released in February on Montreal indie label Secretly Canadian. Also on the bill is Bulat’s labelmate serpentwithfeet, aka up-and-coming Los Angeles-based artist Josiah Wise, performing in support of his 2021 EP, “Deacon.” Maisonneuve Theatre, 8 p.m. $30-$50