Friday, May 6, 2016

37th Edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (June 29 – July 9, 2016)

Montreal Jazz Fest announces a rich and diverse indoor line-up


Below is a press release about the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 37th season, which takes place June 29 – July 9, 2016.

The season includes 175 indoor concerts spread over 15 series.  The Festival will announce the outdoor concerts in early June.

The indoor program line-up is featured below.

I hope you'll be interested in writing about the Festival or announcing the programming on air.

Highlights include performances by a wide range of artists encompassing jazz, blues, world music and beyond from young stars on the rise–Joey Alexander,, Taylor McFerrin, Tal Wilkenfeld–artists at the peak of their powers like Melody Gardot, Rufus Wainwright, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Brian Wilson, and jazz legends including Chick Corea, Marcus Miller, Steve Coleman, Fred Hersch, Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith to name a few.

I've been going to the Montreal Jazz Fest for 21 years and it's a true highlight of my year. It has been heralded as "Best of the Fests… Bigger! Better! Best, actually…" by Michael Bourne in DownBeat Magazine. Playboy Magazine says it's "the best urban music festival in North America." Mitch Myers writes in the Hollywood Reporter that the Festival is "a compelling summer destination…the multicultural and cosmopolitan nature of Montreal is reflected in the festival's diverse programming, showing a great respect for music, the artists and culture in general."

It's also family friendly, with lots of free kids activities. "What makes this a family event?  One look at the stroller parking area or the diaper-changing tent and you will know. Thousands of children parade through the festival with their faces painted by talented make-up artists who work their magic from noon until 8 p.m. daily... The festival is strikingly well-organized and well-staffed.  It is quite a pleasure to take part in a large, lively event, in a public place, and not worry about safety." - Janet Strassman Perlmutter, Boston Globe.

All the best
Ann Braithwaite