Sunday, July 11, 2010

Postcards from Montreal

Here are a few visual treats from my coverage of the 31st annual Montreal International Jazz Festival. The musical choices were bountiful and at times painful - with as many as three or four significant offerings simultaneously during peak evening hours.

As the outdoor Quartier de Spectacles continues to evolve, there was a noticeable increase in the number and variety of street performers this time - mimes, men and women on stilts, and a bounty of other zany characters. And that doesn't include a few in the audience.

Concert images, from top:

  • Allen Toussaint

  • John Scofield and The Piety Street Band

  • Grace Kelly and Jason Palmer

  • Montreal trumpeter Ron DiLauro's Porgy & Bess project

  • MAnu Katché

  • Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen was special guest with sister Christine Jensen's Jazz Orchestra.

  • Bassist Brandi Disterheft

  • Trumpeter Jocelyn Couture presented his big band in a Maynard Ferguson tribute.

  • Blues guitarist Ana Popovic

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