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The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: So Much Jazz

Despite a plethora of pop and other genres, jazz is still plentiful

Becky Noble, Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013
Carmen Souza, Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013
Christine Jensen, Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013
David Murray and Macy Gray, Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013
Harold López-Nussa , Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013
Jacky Terrasson, Ben Williams and Justin Faulkner, Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013
Nir Felder, Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013
Phronesis, Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013
Overview of the Place des Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013
Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland and Charles Lloyd, Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013
Trombone Shorty, Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013
Zakir Hussain, Eric Harlan and Charles Lloyd, Montreal Jazz Festival, 2013

Tens of thousands convened outdoors for the grand opening concert of the Montreal Jazz Festival by Canada’s own superstar Feist. There was also a whole lot of jazz happening in various venues that night, performed by artists including the Barry Harris Trio, Tia Fuller and quartets led by Charles Lloyd and Ravi Coltrane.

Throughout the Festival’s 34th edition, jazz buffs had a wide range of jazz to explore, from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis to Tim Berne’s Snakeoil project, and everything in between. The marathonic 10-day adventure actually began the previous night, with an excellent pre-opening concert by guitarist Gilad Hekselman at the Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill, accompanied by virtuoso drummer Jeff Ballard and former Montrealer Rick Rosato on bass. Hex & co. performed music drawn mainly from his recently released This Just In, with an intriguing take on the Alan Parsons Project’s “Eye In The Sky,” the shifting dynamics of “March of the Sad Ones,” and a breathtaking rendition of Baden Powell’s “Samba em Preludio,” eliciting the song’s aching, yearning lyrics. The three developed a strong rapport, Hekselman’s imaginative, fluid lines dazzling the audience. Other guitarist headliners included Bill Frisell, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Nir Felder, Lionel Loueke and John Abercombie.

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