(Montreal, January 25, 2012)Â – TheÂ Festival International de Jazz de MontrÃ©alÂ team is especially proud to presentÂ JamesÂ TaylorÂ in a pre-opening concert to theÂ 33rdÂ editionÂ of the Festival presented byÂ TDÂ in collaboration withÂ Rio Tinto Alcan, onÂ June 27, 2012 at 7:30 P.M.,Â in theÂ Salle Wilfridâ€‘PelletierÂ Place des Arts, as part of theÂ Ã‰vÃ©nements spÃ©ciauxÂ series. Tickets for this concert,Â presented in collaboration with Evenko,Â goÂ on sale this Thursday at noon.
In 2008, the Festival and Evenko collaborated to offer us a magnificent concert by JamesÂ Taylor, who was returning to Montreal after an 11-year absence, in the Bell Centre. As the many fans who flocked to the show can confirm, it was a genuine musical event! This year, they will collaborate again to invite the famed American singer-songwriter back, just after his recent European tour, to the exquisitely intimate confines of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier â€“ a truly rare opportunity. For those too young to have caught the past 40Â years of popular music, itâ€™s an opportunity to discover the masterpieces that made Taylor an icon of â€™70s folk and propelled him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For devoted fans, itâ€™s an opportunity to bask in the glow of his unique vocal timbre and his timeless greatest hits, includingÂ How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You),Â Carolina In My Mind,Â Fire and RainÂ and, of course,Â Youâ€™ve Got A Friend, and to discover what a singer of this caliber, surrounded by the finest musicians, can deliver when he reworks immortal songs by ChuckÂ Berry, Big Mama Thornton and JuniorÂ Walker.
To get the jump on the crowd, sign up for theÂ SpectraÂ NewsletterÂ and get the scoop on the Festival International de Jazz de MontrÃ©al emailed to your inbox. For further information, call the Bell Info-Jazz Line atÂ (514)Â 871â€‘1881, toll-free at 1Â 85JAZZFEST, or visitÂ montrealjazzfest.com.