Saturday, May 16, 2009

Jeff Beck at Festival International de Jazz de Montreal‏

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The famed Montreal jazz extravaganza that is Festival International de Jazz de Montreal is celebrating 30 years with appearances by Jeff Beck, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Pink Martini, Ali Di Meola, Wynton Marsalis and Chano Dominguez, Joe Cocker, Brian Setzer and Jackson Browne and Al Jarreau and Molly Johnson, just to name a few.

Also featuring performances by Burning Spear and Toots & the Maytals, Wayne Shorter Quarter, Ornette Coleman and Madeleine Peyroux, Buddy Guy and Susan Tedeschi, Branford Marsalis, the festival will be held at various venues sprinkled throughout Montreal from June 30 to July 12. To see Jeff Beck take the stage at Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, check online for Jeff Beck tickets.

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal will showcase no less than 3,000 (yes, 3,000) artists and bands from over 30 nations to deliver good ole jazz to some 3.5 million festival attendees. The festival also boasts a pre-opening show which will feature Gary Burton Quartet Revisited with Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow and Antonio Sanchez on June 26.

The massive musical event will offer over 450 free (!) shows on 10 different outdoor stages as well as over 150 indoor performances at 10 different concert venues scattered around Montreal. Festival International de Jazz de Montreal is presented by General Motors in collaboration with (aluminum company) Rio Tinto Alcan.

Following a short stint at London's Wimbledon Art College, Jeff Beck kicked off his music career and eventually landed a gig as the lead guitarist for the Yardbirds. He stayed with the group for two years and then said he was retiring before forming the Jeff Beck Group with vocalist Rod Stewart, bassist Ron Wood and drummer Aynsley Dunbar (who was promptly replaced by Mickey Waller).

Despite not securing success with their albums, Beck's group did lay the foundation for heavy metal. The members of the group went their separate ways and he formed a new version of the Jeff Beck group in 1971, releasing two albums before disbanding. Jeff Beck formed a powerful trio with two former band mates but was subsequently quiet until his 1975 effort Blow by Blow. The all-instrumental jazz fusion effort garnered strong reviews and he returned in 1980 with There and Back, after a tour and live album that is.

Jeff Beck again went into retirement but, lucky for fans, returned with Flash and then took another hiatus before 1989's Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop, which won the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Album. Beck's next appearances would be on other artists' projects, like when he played lead guitar on Roger Waters' comeback album Amused to Death, although he did release Crazy Legs in 1993 followed by Who Else! in 1999. Beck then released You Had It Coming in 2001 and Epic issued Jeff (the veteran musician's 14th release) in 2003. If you want to see him live at the festival International de Jazz de Montreal get your Jeff Beck tickets today!

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