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.