The world’s biggest jazz festival announced the indoor lineup for its 40th anniversary edition last week, and tickets are now on sale for some 150 concerts at a variety of venues in Montreal’s vibrant downtown core.
Here’s a look at some of the compelling new options in store for this summer’s soiree, which runs June 27-July 6 (Canadian prices; taxes included). The lineup of free outdoor concerts will be announced May 29.
June 28: Bebel Gilberto
The daughter of legendary Brazilian singer-guitarist João Gilberto and beloved Brazilian singer Miucha, the New York City-born Bebel Gilberto has made a major name for herself as one of the sultriest singers alive. An international superstar who tours all too infrequently, Gilberto serves up an intoxicating mix of samba and bossa nova with pop, jazz and electronic music.
Opening the show is Toronto saxophonist Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, her band of Cuban musicians.
Theatre Maisonneuve, 8 p.m. $39.65-$54.65
June 28: Steel Pulse
One of the greatest roots reggae bands to ever come out of Britain, Steel Pulse brings its politically-charged music to the festival in support of its first studio album in 15 years. “Mass Manipulation,” scheduled for release on May 17, marks the first Steel Pulse album since 2004’s “African Holocaust.”
“We hope that this album will be able to sharpen the minds of man to uproot all negativity and foster embracement,” says singer David Hinds in a news release, “presenting each and every one of us a higher level of consciousness for a harmonious future.”
MTELUS, 8:30 p.m. $54
June 30: ÌFÉ
Led by the drummer/producer/singer/Yoruban priest Otura Mun, ÌFÉ is a loose collective known for its electrifying live performances and addictive sound that synthesizes electronic music with Afro-Cuban rhythms.
Performed in both Spanish and English, the Puerto Rico-based project’s excellent 2017 debut, “IIII+IIII” (pronounced “Edgy-Og-Beh”), “explored spaces that could be called hip-hop and house, but carried with voices steeped in devotional singing and electronic treatments,” according to Afropunk. “Musical marriages of old souls and new technology rarely get this deep or this earthy.”
L’Astral, 10 p.m. $34
July 1: Lee Fields & The Expressions
Fans of old-school soul singers like Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley will likely love Lee Fields — currently celebrating his 50th year in music and 10th with his band, the Expressions. At 67, the veteran of the ‘60s soul-funk scene is more vital than ever, as evidenced by such killer albums as 2016’s “Special Night,” 2014’s “Emma Jean” and 2012’s “Faithful Man.”
One month ago, Lee released his seventh album, “It Rains Love.” The All Music Guide called it “a master class in the art of modern soul music,” while Rolling Stone dubbed it “unerringly classic.”
Club Soda, 9 p.m. $42.25
July 2: Morcheeba
The pioneering British trip-hop group makes brings its mesmerizing mix of blues, hip hop, jazz, chillout and reggae in support of its 2018 album, “Blaze Away,” its ninth album and first in five years.
The legendary trio is fronted by sultry singer Skye Edwards, called “one of the sweetest-sounding vocalists in pop,” according to the Arts Desk, which dubbed the album “a likeable return, recapturing that glowing, hazy quality that made Morcheeba so addictive 20 years ago.”
MTELUS, 8:30 p.m. $58.50
July 2-3: alt-J
A quirky and hugely popular indie-rock trio from Leeds, England, alt-J — which makes its festival debut — “blends layered, folk-inflected dub-pop and soaring rock,” according to the All Music Guide. The band’s latest album, 2017’s “Relaxer,” was nominated for a Mercury Prize, which alt-J won for its 2012 debut album, “An Awesome Wave.”
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, 7:30 p.m. $54.65-$87.35
July 5: Bahamas
Toronto-based Afie Jurnaven, who performs as Bahamas, is easily one of the most talented and intriguing singer-songwriters around. Jurnaven performs in support of his Juno-winning 2018 album, “Earthtones.”
Theatre Maisonneuve, 8 p.m. $43.30-$55.70