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Eleven-day festival featured more than 800 concerts

Gregory Porter performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Shai Maestro performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Stretch Music, featuring guest guitarist Charlie Hunter, performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
The all-star Blue Note 75 band performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Terrace Martin performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and bassist Kris Funn perform at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Lizz Wright performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Marianne Trudel (left) and Ingrid Jensen perform at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Avishai Cohen performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Malika Tirolien performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Cory Henry performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Tara Kannangara performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
José James, Ben Williams and Takuya Kuroda (from left) pay tribute to Chet Baker at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Erik Truffaz performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Taylor McFerrin performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Armando Gola (left) and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, of Gonzalo Rubalcaba's Volcan trio, perform at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Gonzalo Rubalcaba performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Aaron Parks performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Wadada Leo Smith (right) and Vijay Iyer perform at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
The Comet Is Coming performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Steve Coleman performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Roy Hargrove performs at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Elena Pinderhughes perform at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival

The Montreal International Jazz Festival kicked off its 37th edition June 29, opening night a microcosm of what was in store for this 11-day music extravaganza. Over two-dozen shows, on this night alone, spanned everything from vocal jazz to Quebecois blues, Jon Cleary’s New Orleans sound to Mashrou’ Leila’s Lebanese alt-pop, and a concert billed as “Total Madness”-pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, bassist François Moutin, drummer Ari Hoenig and saxophonists Joel Frahm and Jacques Schwarz-Bart. The outdoor opening concert by powerhouse vocalist Sharon Jones and the Dapp Kings drew a crowd of thousands, igniting the festival spirit.

Subsequent nights explored myriad jazz styles and musicians of different generations: rising stars such as 13-year-old Indonesian pianist Joey Alexander and Israeli pianist Shai Maestro, established artists including poly-saxophonist James Carter, a collaboration with Norwegian festival Punkt, featuring trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær and guitarist Eivind Aarset, left-field British cosmic jazz by the Comet Is Coming, and the all-star Blue Note 75 band (with the Quebec City-based 5 for Trio opening). The band members-Robert Glasper (keys), Lionel Loueke (guitar), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Marcus Strickland (sax), Derrick Hodge (bass) and Kendrick Scott (drums)-took turns introducing tunes including Wayne Shorter’s “Witch Hunt” and pieces from the performers’ respective repertoires, such as Scott’s “Cycling Through Reality” and Loueke’s syncopated “Bayyinah.”

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