The event, which runs from June 26 through July 5, features international music, Canadian favorites, high-profile rock, pop and blues artists, celebrated hip-hop acts & late-night electronic dance music.
It’s business as usual at the 36th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 5 -- and that means hundreds of concerts offering a truly expansive gamut of music programming, including a large number of free outdoor shows and an impressive range of ticketed, indoor performances. Over these ten nights the Montreal festival will host approximately two million visitors enjoying all sorts of jazz as well as loads of international music, Canadian favorites, high-profile rock, pop and blues artists, celebrated hip-hop acts and late-night electronic dance music to boot.
Always mindful of classic jazz traditions while determinedly pushing the boundaries forward, this year’s program has gone even further by integrating both flamenco and folk music series into their already progressive program. Opening night events were suitably wide-ranging, including the Corsican vocal group A Filletta with Italian trumpeter Paulo Fresu, classic rock veteran Steve Miller, guitar heroes like Al Di Meola and Stanley Jordan, singer Beth Hart, and a massive free gathering for Le Grand Concert D’Ouverture with Zach Condon and his genre-bending American/World music ensemble Beirut.