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The Montreal International Jazz Festival at 35: A Look Back

Ten days of superb music

Ambrose Akinmusire and Tigran Hamasyan, Montreal Int'l Jazz Festival, July 2014
B.B. King, Montreal Int'l Jazz Festival, July 2014
Cody ChesnuTT, Montreal International Jazz Festival, 2014
Darius Jones & Tarbaby, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Ester Rada, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Gary Clark Jr., Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Jose James, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Maxwell, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Mokoomba, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Mulatu Astatke, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Newport at 60, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Rafael Zaldivar, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Ranee Lee, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Roy Hargrove Quintet, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Shai Maestro Trio, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Tom Harrell, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Trombone Shorty, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Baptiste Trotignon & Mark Turner Duo, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014
Randy Weston & Billy Harper, Montreal Jazz Festival 2014

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal marked its 35th anniversary this summer. Running from June 26 to July 6, it was a festive, well-attended celebration. True to itself, the festival featured a plethora of jazz, as well as offerings to satisfy a range of other musical cravings. Alain Simard, the festival’s president and managing director, noted the emphasis placed on the accessibility and democratization of the music, with two-thirds of its 800 performances free.

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