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The General Motors Grand Prix and the
Galaxie Bursary awarded to Nick Ali & CRUZAO!
Montréal, Saturday July 7, 2001 - Today, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal and its main sponsor, General Motors of Canada, are awarding the 2001 Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors to Nick Ali & CRUZAO, of Toronto. Jury members made their final decision last night at 11:00pm. The most celebrated group among the Canadian jazz groups who entered the competition and who performed as part of the free outdoor lineup of the 22nd edition of the Festival International de jazz de Montreal will also receive the Galaxie Bursary, a prize of $3000.
The Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors public award presentation takes place this event at 6:00pm on the General Motors stage. Fans will then be treated to a special performance by the winner :
Nick Ali & CRUZAO
Trinidadian-born Nick Ali, aka "The Brownman" and his quintet push forward the frontiers of Cuban and Brazilian music through Brownman's original compositions charged with Latin rhythm, jazz harmony and very funky groove. This young Toronto quintet, which launched its career under the name Shades Of Brown, represents the next generation of jazz musicians who show the kind of intense improvisation-interaction and raw energy that deliver irresistible, explosive music!
2001 Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors
The winner of the Grand Prix de Jazz General Motros will be this year's recipient of:
Established in 1982 by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Grand Prix de Jazz gives future Canadian jazz stars a genuine springboard to musical recognition. Every summer, this Festival tradition captivates public attention as well as observers on the national and international music scene, giving the winning group the chance to launch its career thanks to the major visibility that comes with the award.
Ten Canadian groups and artists were in the running for the Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors 2001. In accordance with the competition rules, all artists and groups had to present a repertoire primarily consisting of original material. In addition to the winner, Nick Ali & CRUZAO, this year's short list comprised:
Francois Richard Quartette (Quebec)The 2001 edition jury members were:
Patricia Deslauriers (bass player)Source:
Festival International de Jazz de Montreal - Press room: 514-288-5544
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