JAZZ FEST AND QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES

Posted on March 18th, 2010 by .

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, taking over the city from June 25th to July 6th, is the world’s largest jazz festival. This year’s 31st edition could very well be the best yet. How can such bold predictions be made this far ahead? Read on to find out…

First off, the Jazz Fest has already announced some of the 2010 concerts and tickets are already on sale. You’ve got David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco the Harry Manx band, John Scofield & The Piety Street Band, Taj Mahal & The Trio alongside The Fabulous Thunderbirds, an incredible trio made up of Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and John Zorn and, perhaps the one I’m most excited for, a George Benson tribute to Nat King Cole. That, for those that somehow need some explanation, is one of the world’s best guitarists and composers playing from the songbook that made Cole one of music’s greatest treasures. But don’t leave this post yet- there are still more Jazz Fest developments to get excited for…

The Quartier des Spectacles is the entertainment district in downtown Montreal that has been the longtime home of most of the Jazz Fest’s outdoor and indoor events. It is being given a massive, multi-year facelift which, when all is said and done, will mean that the area will contain 30 performance spaces boasting almost 28,000 seats. All of this is being undertaken with the aim of making it even easier for visitors to stroll, stop and enjoy themselves in and around the festival. What new features will be ready for the 2010 Jazz Fest? Well, come back to this blog in early May and I’ll not only have that info for you, but a whole batch of new concert announcements to share.

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