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What's Hot at the 35th Annual Montreal Jazz Fest

What's Hot at the 35th Annual Montreal Jazz Fest

Posted by Shanelle Weir on June 17, 2014

Defining jazz in the broadest possible terms, the 35th edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival this summer has lined up a slate of musicians to suit every imaginable taste, from rapper Snoop Dog, Frank Zappa's son Dweezil to immortals Aretha Franklin, B.B. King and Tony Bennett. 

Genre-bending artists set to appear at the 11-day festival, which features more than 1,000 ticketed indoor and outdoor concerts, free shows and street performers June 26 to July 6, include Diana Ross, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright and Pink Martini. 

The highlight of the free concerts, without doubt, will be a performance by renowned jazz singer Diana Krall, who will make the final appearance of her Glad Rag Doll Tour June 29. 

Ticketed headliners include drummers Ginger Baker, who made his name with rock group Cream, and Jackie DeJohnette, who will appear with Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison; New Orleans' Trombone Shorty; blues great Charlie Musselwhite, with Ben Harper; and Hammond B-3 organ master Lonnie Smith. 

Contemporary jazz musicians certain to attract a following include pianist Randy Weston, sax star Joe Lovano and guitarist Bill Frisell, who will appear with trumpet player Ambrose Akinmusire. 

Two homegrown Canadian favorites on tap to perform again this year are jazz singer Nikki Yanofsky and the remarkable guitar player Jordan Officer (who often can be seen and heard accompanying singer and festival favorite Susie Arioli).

The complete Montreal Jazz Festival lineup is available at :www.montrealjazzfest.com/artists/Default.aspx.   

This year, five hotels, among them the Hyatt Regency Montreal, the "official hotel of the festival" and the place to be and be seen for most of the visiting musicians, celebrities and fans, are offering three-night commissionable (10%) packages. 

The packages, which can be combined with train transportation from most cities in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, are available from the following properties: the Hyatt Regency (1255 Jean-Mance), starting at $663; Le St. Paul Hotel (355 McGill), starting at $610; Le Square Phillips Hotel and Suites (1193 Place Phillips), $602; Le Saint-Martin Hotel (980 Maisonneuve West), starting at $580; and the Hotel L'Appartement (455 Sherbrooke West), starting at $513. The rates are per person, based on double occupancy. For more information, call (855) 288-7344. 

 

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