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2014 Montreal Jazz Festival Preview

Russ Davis looks at the performances and event for the upcoming festival

Mehliana (Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana) @ Highline Ballroom, NYC, 1/22/14 (photo: Greg Aiello)
Mehliana (Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana) @ Highline Ballroom, NYC, 1/22/14 (photo: Greg Aiello)

It seems to me that there is a good and a bad side to most everything in life. As I prepare for my 10th consecutive visit to the beautiful city of Montreal, Quebec for the 35th edition of The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal there is plenty good to look forward to. The bad side is that I can’t stay for all 11 days of this glorious event that runs from the 26th of June through July 6th.

I certainly won’t take the time and space to list all the performances that will take place, you can go to the festival website at www.fijm.com and get all the details, but I am always astounded at the variety and depth of styles exhibited in the massive lineup that truly presents “something for everyone.” As with many festivals, especially one with the scope and expense involved with an event like this one, major sponsors and big-ticket pop artists pay the bills for the lesser known acts. It’s the former that brings in the bucks and the crowds and the latter that gets my attention. I’m looking for the artists from around the world that I may have heard of but never seen and/or the ones I’ve never heard of that will be that one, big surprise that makes my festival experience complete.

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