Although the 30th anniversary edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal isn't until July 1-12, 2009,the tickets went on sale today (December 6). As much as a fan of jazz that I am, I have still yet to make it to the Montreal Jazz Festival (that's the English version).
I'm going for sure in 2009. Check out the headliners:
Pink Martini & Orchestra (from Portland, Oregon and I know the bass player!)The summer music celebration features 11 days of continuous entertainment, from noon to midnight, smack dab in the heart of downtown Montreal. Several city blocks are closed to traffic, creating a festive venue with cafés and bistros, an art gallery, street performers and a children's musical park.
Buddy Guy / Susan Tedeschi (what a duo)
Melody Gardot (made her debut at last year's festival)
Chucho Valdes Quartet (Cuban ambassador of Latin jazz)
Madeleine Peyroux (she's become a singing sensation)
Susan Arioli (a fine Quebec jazz vocalist)
Patricia Barber (oh, that piano and voice)
Stefano Bollani and Enrico Rava (piano and trumpet, spiritual brothers)
Think jazz, blues, Latin-jazz, Brazilian, Cuban, African reggae, contemporary, electronica ... think Montreal Jazz Festival!
Pictured above: Pink Martini