On Thursday, the Montreal Jazz Festival announced the remainder of its 2019 indoor lineup. It's the festival's 40th anniversary, and the ECM record label's 50th - and the festival has upped its choices in accordance, with some out-of-the-ordinary collaborations, both with international and Canadian artists.
Among the newly-announced festival highlights are an ECM birthday series with artists including Tord Gustavsen, Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn, and Bobo Stenson; a gypsy jazz mini-series with Biréli Lagrène, Stéphane Wrembel, and the Django Festival All Stars; and an Invitational three-concert series with Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca.
The festival is also marking the 20th anniversary of Effendi's Jazzlab band with many notable Quebec artists. John Pizzarelli is making a 100 Years Salute to Nat King Cole. And accordionist Richard Galliano is not only paying tribute to the late Michel Legrand, but also playing a duo set with bassist Ron Carter.
Vocal jazz fans can look forward to Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot Nikki Yanofsky, Patricia Barber, Cyrille Aimée, and Bebel Gilberto.
Jean-Michel Pilc will present his Waves trio, and Christine Jensen her new star-studded (and all-female) New York quartet with Allison Miller, Helen Sung, Noriko Ueda. And Montréal’s Orchestre National de Jazz will explore the iconic album The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre, conducted and accompanied by its creator Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II, aka Sly5thAve, mixing hip-hop ambiance with groove.
The festival earlier announced a club series by Holly Cole, a tribute to Joni Mitchell by Marianne Trudel and Karen Young, Yannick Rieu playing from John Coltrane's lost album, and concerts by Brad Mehldau, Chucho Valdés, Stacey Kent, Ravi Coltrane, Antonio Sanchez, Christian Scott, Omara Portuondo, Dianne Reeves, George Benson, Steve Gadd, Joshua Redman, Pink Martini, Alexandra Stréliski, Madeleine Peyroux, and Youn Sun Nah.
Added Thursday to the festival's 2019 lineup are:
- Nikki Yanofsky [June 25]
- Richard Galliano double bill: a duo with Ron Carter and a tribute to Michel Legrand with the Quatuor Molinari [June 26]
- Jacques Kuba Séguin: "Migrations" with Pilc, Rieu, Salazar, Vedady, and Warren [June 27]
- ECM 50th anniversary: Vijay Iyer & Craig Taborn [June 27]
- Melissa Aldana Quartet [June 27]
- Cyrille Aimée [June 28]
- ECM 50th anniversary: Tord Gustavsen trio [June 28]
- Samuel Blais Quartet with Ben Monder, Dan Weiss, and John Hollenbeck [June 28]
- Hailu Mergia [June 28]
- Bebel Gilberto (opening act Jane Bunnett and Maqueque) [June 29]
- Manu Katché [June 29]
- Roberto Fonseca trio with Erik Truffaz [June 29]
- Donny McCaslin [June 29]
- Roberto Fonseca solo [June 30]
- Melody Gardot [June 30]
- Patricia Barber [June 30]
- Charles Papasoff: Darkly Bright, conversations with Shakespeare [June 30]
- Hichem Khalfa [June 30]
- Makaya McCraven [June 30]
- Roberto Fonseca with Joe Claussel [July 1]
- Benoit Charest [July 1]
- Vincent Peirani [July 1]
- Butcher Brown [July 2]
- Nate Smith: KINFOLK with BIGYUKI [July 2]
- Effendi Jazzlab 20th anniversary [July 2]
- Biréli Lagrène [July 2]
- Stéphane Wrembel: The Django Experiment [July 3]
- Jean-Michel Pilc Waves trio [July 3]
- John Pizzarelli: For Centennial Reasons: 100 Years Salute to Nat King Cole / Ranee Lee [July 3]
- Orchestre National de Jazz invites The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre [July 3]
- Christine Jensen New York Quartet with Allison Miller, Helen Sung, Noriko Ueda [July 3]
- ECM 50th anniversary: Larry Grenadier [July 4]
- Django Festival All Stars featuring Samson Schmitt, Pierre Blanchard, Ludovic Beier [July 4]
- Beverly Glenn Copeland [July 4]
- Rafael Zaldivar's Afro-Cuban Revival [July 4]
- Jim Doxas Quartet [July 5]
- Kurt Elling | Danilo Pérez duo [July 5]
- ECM 50th anniversary: Bobo Stenson solo [July 5]
- ECM 50th anniversary: Nick Bärtsch's Ronin [July 5]
- Yamandu Costa [July 6]
- Donato-Bourassa-Lozano-Tanguay Re: Bill Evans [July 6]
- Kris Davis [July 6]
- Wray Downes [July 6]
You can see the full schedule on the festival website.