The massive ten-day affair offers a range of free outdoor shows and numerous ticketed events, carefully balancing solid jazz programming with plenty of rock, blues and world music.
There was strength in numbers as trumpeter Wynton Marsalis led the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra through a sparkling set.
Pianist Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party was a wide-ranging tribute, featuring talented guests like bassist Meshell Ndegeocello.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Where y’at? Up-and-coming Trombone Shorty brought his funky, rocking Mardi Gras vibe to a sold-old crowd at Club Soda.
Who’s the cat in the hat? Singer Gregory Porter is on his way to stardom, and gave the Montreal crowd everything they desired.
Charles Lloyd Quartet
Saxophonist Charles Lloyd helped kick off the Montreal Jazz Festival’s Invitation Series with a little help from his friends.
David Murray’s Infinity Quartet with Macy Gray
Hardworking saxophonist David Murray has found a winning combination of jazz and soul with the iconic diva, singer Macy Gray.
The feisty Montreal fans braved the rain to see their beloved Feist, and the favored Canadian indie-singer made sure not to disappoint.
Like a fine wine, debonair guitarist George Benson only gets better with age.
Deemed a guitar hero for the next generation, young Kurt Rosenwinkle brought his New Quartet to the next level in Montreal.
Still amazing after all these years: Veteran performer Boz Scaggs showed he’s cool and undiminished with a delectable stage show.
Wayne Shorter Quartet
Wayne Shorter’s 80th Birthday Celebration was a gala event, and the legendary saxophonist levitated to the occasion, once again.
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