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Second Wave of Performers Announced for Montreal Jazz Festival

The Bad Plus, Jack DeJohnette, and a John Scofield/Dave Holland duo will be among the 41st fest's highlights

The Bad Plus
The Bad Plus

The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal has announced the second wave of its 2020 lineup. The 41st edition of the festival—the world’s largest—will include performances by the Bad Plus, Taj Mahal, a double feature of the Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison Trio and the John Scofield and Dave Holland duo, and many more over its 10-day span.

The festival will take place June 25-July 4 in venues throughout Montreal, though primarily centered around Saint Catherine Street, the city’s primary commercial corridor.

The second-wave lineup also includes Ambrose Akinmusire, the Cinematic Orchestra, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Woodkid, Petit Biscuit, Rilès, Protoje, the Barr Brothers with Les Filles de Illighadad, Ana Moura, the Avishai Cohen Trio, Tommy Emmanuel, BJ the Chicago Kid, Marianne Trudel & John Hollenbeck, Shabaka and the Ancestors, and many others.

They join such previously announced performers as Gregory Porter, Hiromi, Leslie Odom Jr., Marcus Miller, Christian McBride, Al Di Meola, and Thundercat.

Presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, this year’s FIJM will be the first without the helmsmanship of founding producer André Ménard. Along with co-founder Alain Simard, Ménard created the festival in 1979 in an attempt to bring energy to what was then a moribund summertime in Montreal. More than four decades later, the FIJM has not only flowered in its own right, but has become the crown jewel of a thriving summer season in Canada’s cultural capital.

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