Montreal Jazz Festival wrap up

Named as largest jazz festival in world in 2004 by Guinness Book of World Records, 36th of Montreal Jazz festival took place between June 26-July 5 in Montreal, Canada

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

In 2015, the Montreal Jazz Festival ran from June 26 to July 5, 2015 with pre-opening shows anticipated on June 25 and closers on July 5, 2015.

Montreal Jazz Festival which attracts about 2 million guests at every year, offers attendees the choice of hundreds of concerts spread out over 10 or 11 days.

2015’s festival’s one of the official partners was Turkish Airlines which began operating out of Montréal-Trudeau airport last summer.

Turkish Airlines Montreal Office Manager Osman Sahan said “It was an amazing week of concerts and shows. As Turkish airlines we are extremely proud of sponsoring 2015 the Montreal International Jazz Festival.”

Sahan also added “As a sponsor, we are partnering with the organisers to inject as much excitement as we can, alongside the equally exciting line-up, into this historic open space in the heart of the city. All the concerts and shows brought together all the elements required to create the magic of a true festival and we are delighted to be a part of Montreal International Jazz Festival.”

Highlights of festival

Saying this year’s festival contained every musical taste is almost an understatement.

From the stars, including Erykah Badu and Huey Lewis, Jamie Cullum, Joss Stone and the News, to longtime festival favourites John Pizzarelli and Dee Dee Bridgewater, and up-and-coming local artists Mentana, there are new faces and old favourites in schedule.

The free outdoor lineup were particularly exciting this year, with Montreal's Barr Brothers, The Heavyweight Brass Band, Le Dixieband and Ginkgoa.

Remembering BB King

The bittersweet part of this year's edition was BB King who took stage at last years festival.

The legendary blues man, who died earlier this year, was a longtime friend of the festival so the entire 36th edition is dedicated to his memory.

BB King played at the International Montreal Jazz Festival in 1989 for the first time along with George Benson in a major gala marking the 10th anniversary of the Festival.

Six years later, the guitarist shared the marquee with another six-string legend, Buddy Guy, in a friendly “duel” that felt like the heavyweight championship of blues guitar, in a Forum specially outfitted for the occasion as a gigantic cabaret with a revolving stage.

He had also delivered a number of performances in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, including one to mark his 80th birthday in 2006 and his last festival concert in 2014. On this occasion, the Festival created an award presented to an artist who has distinguished himself or herself on the blues scene: the BB-King Award, of which the King of the Blues himself was the first recipient.

37th Montreal International Jazz Festival announced

Although it has only been a day since the 2015, 36th Montreal International Jazz Festival ended, 37th festival dates have been announced.

In 2016, between June 30 and July 9, the Montreal International Jazz Festival will keep on bringing young up-and-coming artists as well as all time favourites from all over the world.

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