Preview: Montréal Jazz Festival

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has announced the first acts of its 2017 programme, including Robert Glasper, Buddy Guy and King Crimson

The 38th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which will run from 28 June to 8 July 2017, has announced an extensive array of performers for its programme of concerts in venues across the Canadian city. The full indoor concert schedule will be announced on 25 April, but the festival has already released details of many of the headline acts.

Featured performers for 2017 include the Robert Glasper Experiment’s ArtScience project, vocalists Somi and Lizz Wright (pictured right by John Watson) and percussionist Tony Allen’s Tribute To Art Blakey. Buddy Guy will appear in a blues concert that also features veteran harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite. King Crimson will return to the festival this year, as part of the band’s North American tour. Guitarist and founder-member Robert Fripp will be joined by long-term band members Tony Levin on bass and Mel Collins on saxes, plus guitarist Jakko Jakszyk and four percussionists.

The festival also promises concerts from Donny McCaslin, the Gipsy Kings and drummer Mark Guiliana’s Jazz Quartet as well as a Battle Of The Bands, the festival’s ninth, between the Cab Calloway Orchestra and the Xavier Cugat Orchestra. Shabaka And The Ancestors - led by London-based saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (pictured left) - play a late-night show on 29 June. The Charles Lloyd Quartet and Hudson - the quartet of Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield - share the bill at the Maison Symphonique on 30 June. Pink Martini bring their blend of jazz, Latin and classical styles to the Salle Wilfred-Pelletier for two concerts, at 3.00pm and 8.00pm, on 8 July.

Regarding the breadth of the festival's programming, director André Ménard, profiled in the May issue of Jazz Journal, said: "We never did get Motorhead. We would have had them – it’s just heavy blues, and we love blues music here”.

For full details of the programme, including further announcements, and to buy tickets please go to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal website.

Bruce Lindsay

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