Preview: Montréal Jazz Festival 2016




The 37th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal announces additions to its extensive line-up of acts from the jazz world and beyond

The 2016 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which runs from 29 June to 9 July, has added further acts to its already announced roster. The Chick Corea trio featuring bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade (pictured right by Bruce Lindsay), bassist Avishai Cohen's trio, a solo concert by pianist Fred Hersch, and vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow's Orchestra will all be part of this major Canadian festival.

The festival includes around 3,000 musicians from five continents, performing in 15 concert halls across the city. There will also be hundreds of free outdoor shows and many activities for children in this family-friendly event. The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been heralded as "Best of the Fests Bigger! Better! Best, actually" by Michael Bourne in Downbeat Magazine, while Playboy called it "the best urban music festival in North America."

The newly-announced acts will join those already programmed, including Melody Gardot, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis (pictured left), Gregory Porter, Joey Alexander, Stacey Kent, Tord Gustavsen and Nir Felder.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra returns for the festival's 8th annual Battle Of The Bands. This year it's up against the Cab Calloway Orchestra and hoping to improve on its 2014 appearance when it lost out in its battle with the Tommy Dorsey Ochestra.

As with many of the largest contemporary jazz festivals, the Montréal festival's roster of artists extends well beyond jazz. Rufus Wainwright and orchestra, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Lauryn Hill are all scheduled to play this year.

Further information and tickets (including tickets for individual concerts and for accommodation and concert packages) can be found via the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal website.

Bruce Lindsay


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