Jazz, jazz… and not just jazz!

Kamasi Washington

June 30, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes)

A genuine sensation on the global jazz scene, Kamasi Washington ranks highly among those musicians with the brilliant talent to push jazz beyond its known boundaries. With an impressive CV including tours with jazz and hip-hop stars Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Lauryn Hill, he honours us with a first Festival visit, armed with his latest EP, Harmony of Difference.  


Snarky Puppy

June 28, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes)

We’re delighted to welcome the return of Snarky Puppy, instrumental fusion group led by the charismatic Michael League. After packing the Métropolis in 2015, the Puppy returns with Culcha Vulcha (Grammy Award winner for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album). And we can’t wait!


Metronomy — Opening act: Duchess Says

June 29, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes)

It’s a first Festival visit for this group, celebrated for their refreshingly dance-tastic electro-pop sound. Almost 20 years into a career filled with live festival triumphs around the world, the English quartet is back with their latest release, Summer 08. The only thing left to do is surrender to their groove!


Ry Cooder. Opening act: Joachim Cooder

June 29, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts (Grands concerts Rio Tinto)

Legendary musician, producer and composer Ry Cooder has built his reputation creating music at a crossroads of influences, nations and musical legacies. Named one of the ten greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone, his life’s work is a rich tapestry featuring varied collaborations with the Buena Vista Social Club, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones, as well as such original film soundtracks as Paris Texas.


Chris Botti 

July 2, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique (Festival à la Maison symphonique Delta Air Lines)

American trumpeter Chris Botti has spent several decades ruling the instrumental music charts. With an array of Grammy Awards, millions of albums sold and prestigious concerts worldwide, his style and talent have established him as one of the jazz-pop greats.  


Holly Cole

 July 5, 7 p.m., Maison symphonique (Festival à la Maison symphonique Delta Air Lines)

One of this country’s great jazz singers, Holly Cole recently launched a new album, simply entitled HOLLY, on Universal Music Canada. Featuring such classics as They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Everybody Loves Somebody and Teach Me Tonight, it’s a collection that reveals the dynamism and flat-out talent of an extraordinary artist who brings a personal touch and flair to the timeless tracks of the songbook.


Beth Hart

July 7, 8 p.m., Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA (Grands concerts Rio Tinto)

One of the most magnetic voices in modern blues rock, American Beth Hart is well on her way to world conquest. Quite simply dazzling in her last Festival visit in 2015, she’s already won the respect of Joe Bonamassa and Jeff Beck. She returns with a new album, Black Coffee, driven by her powerhouse voice and spine-tingling songs.


Jain (additional show)

July 6, 8:30 p.m., MTELUS (Rythmes)

Since appearing on the French scene, Jain has caused a sensation. With her multicultural melting-pot pop, a savvy irresistible blend of reggae, electronica and groove, she racked up the 2017 Victoire award for Female Artist of the Year and a platinum album for Zanaka.


Mike Stern/Randy Brecker Band featuring Dennis Chambers and Tom Kennedy

June 30, 8 p.m., Monument-National (Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal

It’s the dream team of jazz fusion: Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Dennis Chambers and Tom Kennedy. Each musician in this concert is a virtuoso with a CV sparkling with prestigious collaborations. An evening in Monument-National that promises to be explosive; not to be missed under any pretext.


Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

July 3, 8 p.m., Monument-National (Jazz Beat Hyatt Regency Montréal

Equally renowned for his solo work and his collaborations with Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Wayne Shorter and Daniel Lanois, Brian Blade returns with his longtime pals, the Fellowship Band. On the repertoire: a technically accomplished, languorous new southern-accented album, Body and Shadow (Blue Note).


Marinah (Ojos de Brujo)

July 7, 9 p.m., Club Soda (Couleurs SAQ

As custodian of the wild energy of former Spanish band Ojos de Brujo, singer Marinah returns to Club Soda with her unstoppable musical fiesta: an irresistible fusion of flamenco, rumba and hip-hop, not to mention joie de vivre. Hot-hot-hot!


Guillaume Perret, Free

June 28, 10 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)

After recording two excellent albums with his group Electric Epic, French saxophonist Guillaume Perret went solo with Free in 2016: with funky grooves and abstract harmonies, impressions of a retro-futurist Africa and post-psychedelic U-turns, it’s a fusion of all forms of jazz, where all influences collide. He performs solo.


Sons of Kemet

July 2, 10 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)

British phenomenon Shabaka Hutchings (The Comet Is Coming, Shabaka & The Ancestors) leads this unique outfit (saxophone, tuba and two drummers) into roiling new territory, bubbling with trancey incantations, between jazz, punk, Afro-futurism, electronic and jubilant free jazz. Les Inrocks has compared this magnificently dazzling quartet to a spiritual seance during an earthquake!


 François Bourassa Quartet

July 3, 6 p.m., L’Astral (TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+)

Thirty years into his storied career, pianist François Bourassa is considered a reference point in contemporary Canadian jazz. He heads into L’Astral with his historic quartet (André Leroux, Guy Boisvert and Greg Ritchie) and pieces from his critically acclaimed latest album, Number 9.



July 4, 10 p.m., L’Astral (Club Heineken)

Fusing traditional Berber rhythms with rock’n’roll energy in pacifist songs, Omara “Bombino” Moctar won Montréal’s heart a few years back with the album Nomad, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Last year, the voice of the Sahara and the Sahel released Azel, a more acoustic take on desert blues rock. 


Jordan Officer

July 5, 6 p.m., L’Astral (TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+)

A Festival darling, guitarist Jordan Officer is renowned for a refined style accented with blues, jazz, country and R&B grooves. With his explosive virtuosity, he presents a 4th album, inspired by a road trip through the southern U.S., accompanied by his favourite musicians. An absolutely transporting show!


Ranee Lee Octet, Dark Divas 

July 6, 6 p.m., L’Astral (TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+)

A Festival regular, Ranee Lee ranks among Canada’s most renowned jazz chanteuses. She now brings us her newest project, Dark Divas, plunging into the lives and songbooks of seven of the most celebrated and fascinating jazzwomen of the 20th century, including Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.


Emie R Roussel Trio and guests, Intersections 

July 7, 6 p.m., L’Astral (TD Jazz d’ici La Presse+)

Armed with their most recent release, Intersections, the Emie R Roussel Trio return to back up their reputation as one of the most important groups in Canadian jazz. Racking up prestigious awards and worldwide tour dates, the talented Emie R Roussel and her trio serve up a dazzlingly spellbinding creative jazz, one we’re always happy to welcome here.


Keyon Harrold

June 28, 10:30 p.m., Gesù (Jazz dans la nuit

He is the “future of trumpet” according to the illustrious Wynton Marsalis. Match virtuosity with creativity and you get Keyon Harrold, an extraordinary trumpeter who sends jazz soaring over genre boundaries, between electronica, R&B, blues and hip-hop. With an impressive CV featuring collaborations with JAY-Z and Beyoncé as well as Gregory Porter and Gary Clark Jr, he delivers his new album, The Mugician.


Marius Neset

June 29, 10:30 p.m., Gesù (Jazz dans la nuit

In 2011, saxophonist Marius Neset made a resounding entrance onto the jazz scene with his debut album, Golden Xplosion, drawing comparisons with Jan Garbarek and establishing himself as a leader of the new wave of Scandinavian jazz. Armed with exemplary technique, creative energy and dazzling virtuosity, he makes his Festival debut with his latest album, Circle of Chimes.