Montreal International Jazz Festival: 35 Years of Established and Emerging Artistes



After a long (way too long!) gap, I was back in Canada in June and July for one of the premier jazz events in the world, the Montreal International Jazz Festival! See my earlier articles and interviews from other festivals like the Borneo International Jazz Festival (Malaysia), Mosaic Festival (Singapore), and Forde Festival (Norway).

One of last year’s highlights at the Montreal festival was the late great blues legend B.B. King (see my compilation of his inspiring quotes). Fans of jazz and world music can also check out the app ‘Oktav,’ a collection of witty quotes about music (available on Apple iTunes and Android).

The 35th edition of MIJF featured legends Al Di Meola, Stanley Jordan, Stanley Clarke, Wayne Shorter, Bebel Gilberto, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Vijay Iyer, Eliane Elias and Alain Caron. There were also a number of Canadian stars and other emerging artistes from around the world: Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, India, Mexico, India and Peru. Indonesian superkid Joey Alexander was among the lineup as well.

For 10 gloriously long summer days, from early evening to late night, dozens of bands performed across 15 concert halls and eight outdoor stages in the city. Join us in this photo tour of the Montreal JazzFest 2015, and make sure you put the 2016 edition on your must-attend list for next year!

Afro-Peruvian-fusion-by-NovaLimaAfro-Peruvian fusion by NovaLima

Anwar-Khurshid-on-sitarAnwar Khurshid on sitar

Canadian-harmonica-wizard-Guy-B__langerCanadian harmonica wizard Guy Belanger

Erykah-Badu,-neo-soul-queenErykah Badu, neo-soul queen

Freshly-Ground,-South-Africa---vocalist-Zolani-MaholaFreshly Ground, South Africa – vocalist Zolani Mahola

Gabriela,-Mexico-(of-duo-Rodrigo-y-Gabriela)Gabriela, Mexico (of duo Rodrigo y Gabriela)

Haitian-born-Montreal-singer-pianist-Marie-ChristineHaitian-born Montreal singer-pianist Marie Christine

Jordan-Officer,-MontrealJordan Officer, Montreal

Just-Woan,-Cameroon-CanadaJust Woan, Cameroon-Canada

MIJF-posters-in-townMIJF posters in town

MIJF-venue---downtown-Montreal!MIJF venue – downtown Montreal!

Paul-des-Lauriers,-QuebecPaul des Lauriers, Quebec

Photo-collage-of-MIJFPhoto collage of MIJF

Album-launched-by-Nigerian-singer-SomiAlbum launched by Nigerian singer Somi

Poster-salute-to-the-jazz-greatsPoster salute to the jazz greats

Rodrigo,-Mexico-(of-duo-Rodrigo-y-Gabriela)Rodrigo, Mexico (of duo Rodrigo y Gabriela)

Youngblood-Brass-BandYoungblood Brass Band


Article and photos are provided by Madanmohan Rao
Editor & DJ, World Music and Jazz; Bangalore
Global Correspondent for




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