Georges Durst, owner/designer of the legendary House of Jazz, is pleased to announce that his two live music venues will now be called HOUSE OF JAZZ by OLIVER JONES. "I was looking for a special way of honouring this extraordinary man, piano virtuoso and personal friend. Here it is!" says the philanthropic entrepreneur.
A few months ago, in front of a very emotional crowd, Oliver Jones ended his last public performance at the Montreal House of Jazz with this revelation: "My career really took off on this stage, thanks to Georges and Charlie (Biddle); this is why I wanted my last show to take place here."
Upon learning about this tribute, the world renowned pianist said with his traditional modesty: "It was such a privilege to perform at the House of Jazz for three decades! I have the greatest admiration for Georges because, for more than 50 years, he supported so many singers and musicians. Now, I enjoy returning there because they serve the best ribs in town in a very creative ambience. I deeply cherish this homage."
Georges Durst is Quebec's most prolific restaurateur having conceived, since the sixties, multiple successful bars and thematic restaurants including the Cage aux Sports chain. His originality and passion for entertainment, outstanding antiques, musical and visual arts earned him the title of 'King of Nightlife'.
The first House of Jazz opened in Montreal in 1981 at 2060 Aylmer Street. The second was inaugurated at 1630 Boulevard de l'Avenir in Laval, 3 years ago; newly appointed Chef Robert Lapaj proudly introduces innovative southern flair dishes. Both venues present nightly a wide variety of local and international Jazz, R & B Soul artists.
Welcome to the House of Jazz by Oliver Jones!