Corea, Alexander to headline Montreal Jazz Festival
NEW YORK (AP) — A preteen prodigy and a master celebrating his 75th birthday will be among the headliners at the world’s largest jazz festival.
Pianist Chick Corea will be marking his milestone birthday at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in a trio with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade, with whom he released the Grammy-winning album “Trilogy.”
Joey Alexander, the 12-year-old piano sensation from Indonesia, has moved up from opening act last year to headliner at this year’s festival, which will run June 29 to July 9.
The festival, which announced its indoor lineup Tuesday, also will feature Melody Gardot, Gregory Porter, Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Lauryn Hill, returning after a 14-year absence.
Brian Wilson will be recreating songs of the Beach Boys’ album “Pet Sounds” to mark its 50th anniversary. Rufus Wainwright will present a concert version of his opera “Prima Donna” with a video.