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Montreal Celebrates International Jazz Day

Sonia Johnson, Marianne Trudel, Emie R Roussel, Jazzamboka and others showcased

Jazzamboka -- Elli Miller-Maboungou, Émile Farley, Noel Mpiaza, Félix Leblanc and special guest Jean-Pierre Zanella (from left) -- performs at the University of Montreal's Centre d'essai on International Jazz Day 2016
Marianne Trudel, Sonia Johnson and Rémi-Jean Leblanc (from left) perform at the University of Montreal's Centre d'essai on International Jazz Day 2016
Tenor saxophonist Al McLean performs with his quintet at Montreal's Dièse Onze club on International Jazz Day 2016. From left: Marie-Fatima Rudolf, Erik Hove, McLean and Adrian Vedady

There was no shortage of jazz in Montreal on Saturday, April 30, a.k.a. International Jazz Day. The city’s vibrant, diverse local community offered a plethora of the music in various forms, styles and permutations.

The main event was a concert held at the University of Montreal’s Centre d’essai, organized by jazz promoter Alain Mercier. This is the second year that Mercier has put together an evening marking International Jazz Day and showcasing Montreal talent. The event also featured an exhibition of portraits of several local jazz musicians by Montreal photographer and filmmaker Randy Cole, creator of Jazz, Period, a film series documenting Canadian artists and their projects. Entitled Practice, the collection depicts the artists with their instruments, in their natural environment, capturing their very essence.

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