Montreal Jazz Competition returns with star-studded lineup


The Montreal Worldwide Jazz Competition is again in full swing this yr, with its first full version in two years.

Over 350 artists will likely be performing over ten days of indoor and outside concert events within the Quartier des Spectacles from June 30 to July 9 — 2/3 of which will likely be freed from cost.

On Tuesday, organizers shared a primary have a look at this yr’s lineup which can function a number of huge names, together with American hip hop band The Roots who will shut out the competition with a free outside present July 9.

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington, Australian singer and songwriter Tash Sultana, rapper Joey Bada$$, blues rock band Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night time Sweats are among the many different headliners.

As regular, the competition will function Canadian expertise with Quebec pianist Jean-Michel Blais, singers Dominique Fils-Aimé and CRi, Toronto-based various rocker Allan Rayman and rapper Cadence Weapon all taking the stage as effectively.

Founding members of The Roots: Black Thought, left, and Oscar-winner Questlove, proper, will likely be in Montreal to carry out on the Jazz Competition this summer season. (Evan Agostini/Invision/The Related Press)

Different acts introduced Tuesday embrace Pink Martini, Alicia Moffet, Robert Glasper, Masego, Gregory Porter, The Psychedelic Furs, Basia Bulat and Brad Barr.

Competition organizers mentioned extra artists will likely be introduced within the coming months and programming will likely be up to date on the occasion’s web site.

Because of pandemic restrictions, the competition was lowered to a shortened live performance collection over a interval of 5 days final September. In 2020, there have been a collection of concert events streamed on-line however no in-person occasions.

Tickets for paid indoor exhibits go on sale at midday on Friday, April 1.



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