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R&B, Soul & Funk Music

Ray Charles

Discover the history of R&B, soul and funk and read about the famous musicians associated with these three genres.

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Rock Music

Brian Setzer

From Chuck Berry to Brian Setzer or The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, discover the history of rock music.

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The Legends of Jazz

André Ménard

The Festival's Artistic Director, André Ménard takes a trip down memory lane and reminisces on some of the legendary names who have graced the Festival’s stages over the years.

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Electronica

Misstress Barbar

From Moby to Daft Punk or Misstress Barbara, discover the history of electronica.

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Classical Music

Angèle Dubeau

Read about the history of classical music and its most famous composers, from Monteverdi to Ravel.

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World Music

Cesaria Evora

Read about world music and its legends or rising stars, from Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour to Algeria’s Khaled to Armenia’s Tigran Hamasyan.

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Fruitful Musical Pairings

André Ménard

Artistic Director André Ménard thinks back on some historical musical meetings between star musicians

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Jazz Music

Dave Brubeck

From Louis Armstrong to Diana Krall or Miles Davis, discover the history of jazz music and its most famous musicians.

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Lounge Music

Bet.e

Discover the history of lounge music and its most famous musicians, from Esquivel to Pink Martini.

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Vocal Jazz

Ella Fitzgerald

Discover the history of vocal jazz and its most famous voices, from Ella Fitzgerald to Diana Krall.

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Festival lowlights

André Ménard

Artistic Director André Ménard takes a trip down memory lane and reminisces on some less than glorious historic anecdotes from festivals passed.

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Jazz Fusion 101

Miles Davis

Dip into the history of this musical style and its famous craftsmen Miles Davis, Pat Metheny and UZEB.

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Hip Hop

Public Enemy

Discover the history of hip hop and its masters, from Grandmaster Flash to Loco Locass.

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Big Band

Vic Vogel

Discover the history of big band from its early beginnings in the Roaring Twenties.

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Avant-garde Music 101

Laurie Anderson

Discover the history of Avant-garde music and its famous craftsmen, from John Cage to John Zorn.

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Latin Music 101

Chucho Valdés

Discover the history of Latin music and its famous craftsmen, from Tito Puente to Chucho Valdés.

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2009: A Colourful and High-spirited
30th Edition!

2009

Remembering 2009: some of the highlights of the Festival's thirtieth anniversary. Sweet memories…

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Manouche jazz 101
 

Stéphane Grappelli

Discover the history of Manouche jazz and its famous craftsmen, from Django Reinhardt to Dorado Schmitt.

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2004: 25 Years and Much to Celebrate

2004

Remembering 2004: some of the highlights of the Festival's twenty-fifth anniversary. Sweet memories…

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Folk Music 101

Bob Dylan

Discover the history of folk music and its famous craftsmen, from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan.

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1999: 20 Years – Another Milestone!

1999

Remembering 1999: some of the highlights of the Festival's twentieth anniversary. Sweet memories…

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Country Music 101

The Kitchen Shakers

Discover the history of country music and its famous craftsmen, from Hank Williams to Garth Brooks.

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1994: 15 Years Already?

1994

Remembering 1994: some of the highlights of the Festival's fifteenth anniversary. Sweet memories…

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Reggae 101

Toots & The Maytals

Discover the history of reggae and its famous craftsmen, from Toots & The Maytals to Blue King Brown.

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1989: Ten Years and Counting!

1989

Remembering 1989: some of the highlights of the Festival's tenth anniversary. Sweet memories…

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Pop Music 101

Jamie Cullum

Discover the history of pop music and its famous craftsmen, from Cole Porter to Jamie Cullum.

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1984: Five Alive!

1984

Remembering 1984: some of the highlights of the Festival's fifth anniversary. Sweet memories…

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Gospel Music 101

Aretha Franklin

Discover the history of gospel music and its famous craftsmen, including Queen Esther Marrow and the Montréal Jubilation Gospel Choir.

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Swing 101

Cab Calloway

Discover the history of swing and its famous craftsmen Cab Calloway and Benny Goodman.

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Blues 101

B.B. King

Discover the history of the blues and its famous craftsmen Muddy Waters and B.B. King.

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Electro-jazz 101

Erik Truffaz

Discover the history of this musical style and its prominent craftsmen Erik Truffaz, Nils Petter Molvær and St.Germain.

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The veterans’ club

Tony Bennett

Hats off to these six venerable musicians who, defying the passage of time, continue to practice their art with vigour.

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Six major opening concerts

Ray Charles

A look back on some of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal’s most memorable opening nights.

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Great musical families

Wynton Marsalis

In some families, musical talent seems to pass from generation to generation. For 30 years, the Festival has received visits from some of the most ...

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There’s always a first…

There's always a first…

They’d never played at the Festival, but they came to mark the 30th edition! These gentlemen chose the right year to debut at the Festival.

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Triple tribute to Miles

Miles Davis

The great Miles Davis was honoured in 2009. The Festival marked the 50th anniversary of the classic album Kind of Blue with three shows dedicated to the late great trumpet player.

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