There is high anticipation developing within the Jazz community for the upcoming Montreal Jazz Festival to be held from June 26th to July 5th. This festival, being in existence for more than 30 years, stands as the World’s Largest Jazz Festival, having more than 600 concerts and bringing together more than 3000 artistes from around the world.

Having started in 1980, the Montreal Jazz Festival has been graced by performances from Jazz legends such as John McLaughlin, Ray Charles, Chick Corea and Bossa Nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim. This year, patrons can expect to be delighted once more with the artistes lined up as main attractions of the event.

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Bossa Nova star Bebel Gilberto will be, one of the headliners, is a mutli-Grammy nominated songstress known to possess musical gems and pleases audiences with joyful melodies. She will bless the concert along with United States trio The Bad Plus, American singer-songwriter Beth Hart, local folk quartet The Barr Brothers and many more talented individuals.

In addition, the renowned Jazz festival continues its tradition of honoring individuals in its festival awards. This year the honorees include James Cotton, Erykah Badu, Bill Milkowski, Jim Galloway, King Sunny Ade and Al Di Meola. James Cotton, an American blues harmonica player, will be the 2nd recipient of the B.B. King Award which recognizes the exceptional contribution of an artist to the blues. Erykah Badu will receive the Ella Fitzgerald Award in recognition of her successful musical career. Al Di Meola will walk away with the Miles Dais Award, King Sunny Ade, the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award and lastly the Oscar Peterson Award will be awarded to Jim Galloway.

Perceived as being consistently successful, the Montreal Jazz Festival has grown since its inception. Initially conceived by Alain Simmard, the event has increased its attendance rate exponentially from an average 12,000 in 1980 to an occasional 100,000 and even sometimes exceeding 200,000 at concerts organised within the festival. Jazz fans from around the world will once more converge in large numbers to experience a celebration that is known to create fruitful memories.

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