The Montreal Jazz Festival's TD Grand Jazz Award honours the most popular Canadian jazz group among those registered that year in the competition and presenting on a free outdoor stage. All artists and groups must present a repertoire composed mainly of original material.
Pianist and composer Robi Botos won the 2012 award after competing successfully against nine other groups from Quebec and Ontario.
OttawaJazzScene.ca talked with Botos, a protégé of the late Oscar Peterson, about how he first met Peterson, his influence, and Botos' first experience playing in Montreal under his own name. The video includes excerpts from one of Botos' original songs, Smedley's Attack, played by the trio. Mike Downes plays double bass and Morgan Childs plays drums in this post-award concert at the Montreal Jazz festival on July 7, 2012.
See other 2012 Montreal Jazz Festival coverage:
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- Ernesto Cervini Quartet at the Montreal Jazz Festival (review)
- Frank Lozano Montreal Quartet at the Montreal Jazz Festival (review)
- Love lost, music found (review)
- Happy birthday – with saxophones (review)
- Joey Calderazzo and Aaron Parks at Salle Gésu (review)
- Samuel Blais Quartet at the Montreal Jazz Festival (review)
- Chet Doxas Quartet at the Montreal Jazz Festival (review)
- Two pianists as one (review)
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- Tord Gustavsen at Salle Gesu (review)
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