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Montreal Jazz Fest Celebrates 35 Years

Jazzed Magazine • News • April 18, 2014

The world’s largest jazz festival takes place June 26 to July 6 this year in a celebration of its 35th anniversary. The all-day schedules include over 1,000 concerts and activities – 2/3 of which are free – on nine outdoor stages and 10 concert halls in a car-free area in the heart of downtown Montreal. Over 3,000 musicians and public entertainers from 30 countries participate. It’s a family-friendly event with special kids performances, percussion workshops, a musical park with a walk-on playing keyboard, saxophone slide, face painting and much more.

As NPR Music says: “Anyone who’s ever been to the Montreal International Jazz Fest knows there’s nothing quite like it in North America.”

Headliners at this year’s festival include Diana Ross, Michael Bublé, Keith Jarrett solo, Bobby McFerrin, Rufus Wainwright solo, Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion with Pee Wee Ellis, Alec Dankworth and Abass Dodoo, Tom Harrell, Dianne Reeves, Bombino, Ambrose Akinmusire, and many more.

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