Festival International de Jazz de Montreal started

On Thursday June 28, begun the 33rd edition of the international jazz festival in Montreal.

Until July 7, when the festival will be closed, on 20 stages /10 open air and 10 concert venues/ this Canadian festival will introduce more 330 bands and solo performers, among whom are Wayne Shorter Quartet, Stanley Clark, Marcus Miller, Ron Carter, Melody Gardot, Donald Vega, Esperanza Spalding, Chick Corea, John Medeski and Nils Petter Molvaer.

Big Band fans will be especially happy this year when on July 8, within the Battle Of The Bands program, The Duke Ellington Orchestra vs. The Count Basie Orchestra will perform.

The festival also features artists like Norah Jones, James Taylor, Seal, Chromeo, Rufus Wainwright and reggae artist Ziggy Marley.

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal holds it’s own 2004 Guinness World Record as the worlds biggest jazz festival with 3000 artists introduced during one festival edition, with over 600 concerts, visited by 2.5 mil guests, of which 34% were tourists.

Take a look at Richard Galliano‘s last night concert performing a program called From Bach to Piazzola.