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Montreal, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 — This year, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal highlights the exceptional contributions to music made by Charles Lloyd, Holly Cole, Alain Caron and Amadou & Mariam, as well as the remarkable oeuvre of Tommy LiPuma. During this 34th edition of the Festival, our winners will be presented, respectively, with the Miles Davis Award, Ella Fitzgerald Award, Oscar Peterson Award, Antonio Carlos Jobim Award and Bruce Lundvall Award.
2013 Ella Fitzgerald Award: Holly Cole
Holly Cole is the 15th recipient of the Ella Fitzgerald Award, established in 1999 for our 20th anniversary and conferred in recognition of the versatility, improvisational originality and quality of repertoire of a singer renowned on the international scene. A Nova Scotia native, this talented singer launched her career as a member of a number of Toronto groups. A passionate purveyor of jazz and pop, she is renowned for her interpretive talents―she has no equal when it comes to taking songs by artists as varied as Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Jacques Brel or even the Beatles and making them her own. Over the course of a prolific 30-year career, Holly Cole has cast her spell over the Festival audience many times. Back after her remarkable performance in Théâtre Maisonneuve two years ago, she presents her most recent album, Night. Holly Cole, June 27, 28 and 29, 8 p.m., at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (Tout en voix series).
In accepting the prize, Holly Cole will be following previous Ella Fitzgerald prizewinners Liza Minnelli (2012), Sade (2011), The Manhattan Transfer (2010), John Pizzarelli (2009), Aretha Franklin (2008), Harry Connick, Jr., (2007), Etta James (2006), Al Jarreau (2005) Tony Bennett (2004), Bobby McFerrin (2003), Dianne Reeves (2002), Diana Krall (2001), Dee Dee Bridgewater (2000) and Diane Schuur (1999).
Holly Cole est la 15e lauréate du Prix Ella-Fitzgerald. À l’occasion de son 20e anniversaire, en 1999, le Festival a eu l’idée de créer ce prix pour récompenser une chanteuse ou un chanteur de jazz au talent remarquable qui a eu un impact et une influence majeurs sur la scène internationale.
Originaire de Nouvelle-Écosse, la talentueuse chanteuse entreprend sa carrière au sein de divers groupes torontois. Férue de jazz et de pop, elle se distingue par ses talents d’interprète ― elle n’a pas son pareil pour faire siennes les pièces d’artistes aussi variés qu’Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Jacques Brel ou les Beatles. Au fil d’une prolifique carrière lancée il y a quelque 30 ans, Holly Cole est venue séduire le public du Festival à maintes reprises. De retour après son tour de chant au Théâtre Maisonneuve il y a deux ans, elle nous présente son plus récent album, Night. Holly Cole, les 27, 28 et 29 juin à 20 h au Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (série Tout en voix).
Holly Cole succède à Liza Minnelli (2012), Sade (2011), The Manhattan Transfer (2010), John Pizzarelli(2009), Aretha Franklin (2008), Harry Connick, Jr. (2007), Etta James (2006), Al Jarreau (2005) Tony Bennett (2004), Bobby McFerrin (2003), Dianne Reeves (2002), Diana Krall (2001), Dee Dee Bridgewater (2000) et Diane Schuur (1999).
“I’m a customer service performer,” declares Kim Mitchell, the master of the electric guitar who has tantalized concert audiences since the mid-70s initially with Max Webster and then as a solo artist. Though many people didn’t understand Max, the few that did always got what they asked for: complex music with curiously surreal lyrics and a stage performance that balanced between manic and sublime. And as a solo artist the fans always hear those great, well-crafted rock songs that sweat strong melodies and are filled with potent hooks that leave one buzzing long after hearing them.
With a large body of work to draw from, giving the audience full customer service could mean playing for four hours to satisfy everyone in the audience, but Mitchell is frank in his appraisal of his rock-n-roll duty, playing the hits with a few surprises, “I give the audience what they want,” and even prepares for that extreme breed in attendance that expects the obscure, “I keep a few songs buried and ready to go for the uber-fan, but on the whole I play what they expect to hear.” And with so many hits and well known songs, that still makes for a great two hour show. And of course, keeping to the old adage of ‘leave them wanting more’ at the end of the night, wishing he played ‘that’ song, but maybe next time…
Royal Wood’s career has been established with critical acclaim and impressive musical achievements.
His latest release WE WERE BORN TO GLORY debuted in the Top 25 charts in Canada and was recently nominated for “Adult Alternative Album of the Year” at the 2013 Juno Awards.
His records have been released worldwide on Maple Recordings/Universal and Rounder Europe, and he has successfully toured in Canada, USA, Germany, France, The Netherlands, UK, Ireland and Italy. Wood has also supported national tours with David Gray, Sarah Harmer and Serena Ryder.
In this wonderful studio session with KPLU’s Abe Beeson, Holly treats us to three songs from her latest album NIGHT, including one of her own compositions, You’ve Got A Secret.
Holly’s band includes Aaron Davis (piano), George Koeller (bass), Davide DiRenzo (drums) and John Johnson (horns).
- I Only Have Eyes For You
- Walk Away
- You’ve Got A Secret
Re-live JUNO Awards history with Canada’s favourite artists on JUNO TV’s “Take Two”. Click here to watch Kim Mitchell talk about his performance at the 1986 Juno Awards and his Album Of The Year win in 1987 for “Shakin’ Like a Human Being”. He talks about Glass Tiger predicting his win, and when Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith told him “nice pants, man”… then hit on his wife!