Festival Awards

Here are the recipients of the various awards for the 2017 Montreal International Jazz Festival.

  • B.B.-King Award: Charlie Musselwhite

    The B.B.-King Blues Award was created in 2014 for the 35th edition of the Festival to honour and recognize the exceptional talent of an artist who has left an indelible mark on the blues scene.

    Hailed as the “undisputed heavyweight champion of blues harmonica blues” by Downbeat magazine, Charlie Musselwhite is renowned for his elegance on the instrument, equally eloquent, skillful and biting. A true standard-bearer of the Chicago blues scene, he has collaborated with the greatest names in the genre, including Big Walter Horton, Big Joe Williams, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker. His recent studio output includes Get Up! (2013), recorded with guitarist Ben Harper and released on Stax, and I Ain’t Lying (2015), an album steeped in the sounds and ambience of his home state.

  • Antonio-Carlos-Jobim Award: Buika

    The Antonio Carlos Jobim Award was created on the occasion of the Festival’s 25th anniversary to honour artists distinguished in the field of world music and whose influence on the evolution of jazz and cultural crossover is widely recognized.

    Born to Equatoguinean parents in the poorest neighbourhoods of Majorca, Concha Buika brings a disarming charisma and deep intensity to her fiery soul music, deeply rooted in flamenco and drawing inspiration from jazz, Afrobeat and pop. The self-taught singer grew up among gypsies and their music, drawing attention for her husky, powerful voice, untamed spirit and wonderful fusion style. With 9 albums to her credit, including Mi Niña Lola (2007), winner of a Latin Grammy Award and earning a gold album in Spain, Buika is considered one of the most singular vocalists on the current Spanish music scene.

  • Miles-Davis Award: Jack DeJohnette

    The Miles Davis Award was created for the Festival’s 15th anniversary in 1994 to honour a great international jazz musician for the entire body of his or her work and influence in regeneratingthe jazz idiom.

    Considered one of the preeminent jazz musicians of his generation, pianist and legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette has provided rhythms and grooves for the greatest legends in music: John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett, and many more. First noted as part of the Charles Lloyd Quartet, he then accompanied Miles Davis before being part of the famed Keith Jarrett Trio with bassist Gary Peacock in the ’80s. In celebration of his 75th birthday, he welcomes Larry Grenadier, John Scofield and John Medeski into the supergroup HUDSON, presenting a comprehensive career-overview concert at the Festival.

  • Ella-Fitzgerald Award: Lizz Wright

    The Festival created the Ella Fitzgerald Award for its 20th anniversary in 1999, annualy conferring it upon a jazz singer of significant talent who has had a major impact and influence on the international scene.

    Thanks to her minister father and religious schooling, jazz singer Lizz Wright holds the power of gospel in her spellbinding voice, calling on the entire legacy of African-American music. The supremely gifted singer, signed to Verve, has released Salt (2003), Dreaming Wide Awake (2005), The Orchard (2008), Fellowship (2010) and Freedom & Surrender (2015), hailed by critics and racking up success on the jazz charts. Her style, a blend of soul, jazz and pop with solid gospel roots, has won her comparisons to Anita Baker, Regina Belle, Cassandra Wilson and Tracy Chapman.

  • Oscar-Peterson Award: Christine Jensen

    Created on the 10th anniversary of the Festival in 1989, the Oscar Peterson Award recognizes a performer’s musicianship and exceptional contribution to the development of Canadian jazz.

    Globe and Mail jazz critic Mark Miller has written that Christine Jensen is “one of the most compelling Canadian composers of her generation.” She has made her mark on both alto and soprano saxophone, and as a composer and conductor at the Canadian and international level, delivering the notable albums Collage (2000), Look Left (2006) and, with sister Ingrid on trumpet, Flurry (2007) and Infinitude (2016). Heading her formidable 18-piece Jazz Orchestra, she won back-to-back Juno Awards for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Treelines (2013) and Habitat (2014), a masterstroke that revealed the full range of her immense talent.

  • Bruce-Lundvall Award: Michael Bourne

    The Bruce Lundvall Award, created in 2009 during the Festival’s 30th edition, is presented annually to a non-musician who has left a mark on the world of jazz or contributed to the development of the music, through the media, the concert or record industries.

    A presence on the WBGO airwaves since 1984, host of the very popular Singers Unlimited program since 1986 and of Afternoon Jazz since 1997, winner of the Willis Conover- Marian McPartland Award for Excellence in Jazz Broadcasting and contributor to magazine DownBeat since 1969, Michael Bourne is today one of the greatest media figures in jazz history. Throughout his carrer, Michael Bourne has had the opportunity to travel everywhere, covering the greatest jazz festivals in the world, including the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal of which he has been a great friend for over 25 years.

Winners history

B.B.-King Award

  • 2016 : Taj Mahal
  • 2015 : James Cotton
  • 2014 : B.B.-King

Ella-Fitzgerald Award

  • 2016 : Gregory Porter
  • 2015 : Erykah Badu
  • 2014 : Diana Ross
  • 2013 : Holly Cole
  • 2012 : Liza Minnelli
  • 2011 : Sade
  • 2010 : The Manhattan Transfer
  • 2009 : John Pizzarelli
  • 2008 : Aretha Franklin
  • 2007 : Harry Connick
  • 2006 : Etta James
  • 2005 : Al Jarreau
  • 2004 : Tony Bennett
  • 2003 : Bobby McFerrin
  • 2002 : Dianne Reeves
  • 2001 : Diana Krall
  • 2000 : Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • 1999 : Diane Schuur

Montréal Jazz Festival Spirit Award

  • 2016 : Brian Wilson
  • 2014 : Elvis Costello
  • 2012 : James Taylor
  • 2011 : Robert Plant
  • 2010 : Smokey Robinson
  • 2009 : Stevie Wonder
  • 2008 : Leonard Cohen
  • 2007 : Bob Dylan
  • 2006 : Paul Simon

Miles Davis Award

  • 2016: Kenny Barron
  • 2015: Al Di Meola
  • 2014 : Terence Blanchard
  • 2013 : Charles Lloyd
  • 2012 : Ron Carter
  • 2011 : Stanley Clarke
  • 2010 : Sonny Rollins
  • 2009 : Ornette Coleman
  • 2008 : McCoy Tyner
  • 2007 : Mike Stern
  • 2006 : Brad Mehldau
  • 2005 : Dave Holland
  • 2004 : Keith Jarrett
  • 2003 : Joe Zawinul
  • 2002 : Chick Corea
  • 2001 : Michael Brecker
  • 2000 : Charlie Haden
  • 1999 : Cassandra Wilson
  • 1998 : John Scofield
  • 1997 : Herbie Hancock
  • 1996 : Wayne Shorter
  • 1995 : Pat Metheny
  • 1994 : John McLaughlin

Antonio-Carlos-Jobim Award

  • 2016 : Lila Downs
  • 2015 : King Sunny Ade
  • 2014 : Paco de Lucía
  • 2013 : Amadou & Myriam
  • 2012 : Emir Kusturica
  • 2011 : Youssou N’Dour
  • 2010 : Richard Bona
  • 2009 : Toots & The Maytals
  • 2008 : Gilberto Gil
  • 2007 : Angélique Kidjo
  • 2006 : Salif Keita
  • 2005 : Khaled
  • 2004 : Ibrahim Ferrer

Oscar-Peterson Award

  • 2016 : Karen Young
  • 2015 : Jim Galloway
  • 2014 : Ron Di Lauro
  • 2013 : Alain Caron
  • 2012 : Peter Appleyard
  • 2011 : Jean-Pierre Zanella
  • 2010 : Don Thompson
  • 2009 : Susie Arioli
  • 2008 : Dave Young
  • 2007 : François Bourassa
  • 2006 : Yannick Rieu
  • 2005 : Bernard Primeau
  • 2004 : Diana Krall
  • 2003 : Kenny Wheeler
  • 2002 : Lorraine Desmarais
  • 2001 : Moe Kofman
  • 2000 : Charles Biddle
  • 1999 : Maynard Ferguson
  • 1998 : Guy Nadon
  • 1997 : Rob McConnell
  • 1996 : Nelson Symonds
  • 1995 : Michel Donato
  • 1994 : Paul Bley
  • 1993 : Fraser MacPherson
  • 1992 : Vic Vogel
  • 1991 : UZEB
  • 1990 : Oliver Jones
  • 1989 : Oscar Peterson
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