MONTRÉAL JAZZ FEST TAKES SHAPE

Posted on April 1st, 2010 by .

We’ve already briefly touched on some of the exciting things in the works concerning the Jazz Fest and the Quartier Des Spectacles , but organizers have just released more details about who is coming to Montreal this summer. You’re going to want to read on…

The announcements concerning the indoor and free events programs will be yours to feast on in May, but, until then, here are some musical snacks to nibble on. You can find the full schedule here, but I’ve picked out some shows that I’m particularly excited for…

Lionel Richie: Last year’s fest kicked off with a Stevie Wonder concert that made waves around the world. This year, how about the one and only Lionel Richie, the voice and pen behind still-gold hits like All Night Long and Say You, Say Me?

Robert Glasper: Perhaps because last year’s performance was cancelled, the much-buzzed-about pianist has three different shows at the 2010 fest. You can catch him with his eponymous trio, with up-and-comer Terence Blanchard or alongside the rapper Bilal.

Allen Toussaint: Like Glasper, you can see and hear this legendary singer and pianist a couple different ways. Either during his first ever Montreal Jazz Fest solo show or as part of massive collaboration with some of New Orleans’ finest musicians.

Sonny Rollins: Simply put, one of the greatest saxophonists of all time.

Andrew Bird: The Jazz Fest always has a line-up of great music that really has very little to do with jazz. Andrew Bird, accomplished multi-instrumentalist and avid whistler, fits snugly into that category. The bulk of these type of shows are announced in May, so make sure to come back here to find out more….

Boz Scaggs: Blessed with one of my favorite names in music, not to mention that instantly recognizable voice, this singer, songwriter and guitarist is making his first Montreal appearance.

Steve Miller Band and The Doobie Brothers: There are several obvious jokes to be made here, but I’m entirely too mature for that and this incredible concert is no laughing matter. When two of the biggest names in American rock music share a stage, the show enters the “must-see” category.

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