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Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé recently performed to sell-out crowds at Montreal’s Bell Centre on consecutive nights as part of The Montreal International Jazz Festival, the world’s largest jazz fest and arguably one of the most prestigious. It’s an acknowledgement of his talent as a singer who transcends several genres, and yet still maintains his identity as a vocalist. At 38, he’s already won four GRAMMY Awards, many Jun ...

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Diana Krall to perform a mega free concert at Place des Festivals

It’s a very long way from Nanaimo, British Columbia to New York and the concert halls of Paris, London, Rome, Rio … and the world’s largest jazz festival in Montreal. To have made the transition is an amazing accomplishment that required tremendous strength of character, drive and above all – talent – lots of talent. After many sold performances at The Montreal International Jazz Festival, Diana Krall will ...

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Jordan Officer

June 27, 28, 29 at The Savoy Jordan Officer’s career is soaring with the release of his solo recording I’m Free, recorded at the legendary Sear Sound Studio in New York. It marks a return to his first musical love – the blues. Jordan will perform songs from his cd, and also a few from Bo Diddley, a long-time favourite who had a solid influence on Jordan’s music. The Savoy is in the same building as The Metr ...

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Colin Hunter

June 27 & 28 – House of Jazz Jazz crooner by night and Chairman/Founder of Sunwing Vacations by day, Colin has earned a solid following in Montreal, selling out his shows. His jazz quartet is anchored by Juno Award winning pianist Joe Sealy, who is a long-time collaborator of Colin’s as a performer and musical director on the crooner’s many recordings. The intimate House of Jazz is a wonderful place to list ...

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Earth, Wind & Fire

June 30 – Salle Wilfrid Pelletier EWF set a new standard for R&B and pop in the 70s and 80s selling millions of records with smash hits such as September, Boogie Wonderland, Shining Star. This is the band’s first appearance at the jazz fest. It’s a family affair, with original members having been replaced by their sons and nephews. The band continues to tour the world, famous for their hi-octane performance ...

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Roy Hargrove

June 26 at Le Gesu Roy Hargrove is a brilliant trumpeter, and he returns to the Festival after spellbinding performance with a big band in 2010. This time he’ll perform with his regular quintet at the intimate Gesu theatre on Bleury Street. At 44, trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as among the premier players in jazz and beyond. During his tenure on the Verve label alone, he has recorded ...

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Jill Barber

July 5 at Club Soda While Jill Barber’s songs remind listeners of The American Songbook, her material consists of original compositions arranged and performed in the style of the Songbook. She’s very cool, urbane and her sophisticated singing takes you back to another era. She returns with a new album and will also perform selections from her French album – Chansons. Showtime is 7pm, leaving time to visit t ...

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Dianne Reeves

June 27 at Theatre Maisonneuve PdA A multiple Grammy-winner, Reeves has recorded and performed extensively with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis, who said of Reeves, “She has one of the most powerful, purposeful and accurate voices of this or any time.” Reeves has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was a featured soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic. Her new rec ...

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Alain Lefèvre and the MSO perform Gershwin legacy

June 26 & 27 at Maison Symphonique Pianist Alain Lefèvre will open the 35th Anniversary Festival with a concert featuring the works of George Gershwin, on the 90th Anniversary of the composer’s Rhapsody In Blue. It’s also the 80th Anniversary of The Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Legendary bassist Michel Donato and drummer Paul Brochu will accompany Lefèvre, surrounded by the MSO. For tickets: Place des Arts ...

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