Named the largest jazz festival in the world in 2004 by the Guinness Book of World Records, Montreal Jazz Festival organizers claim the fest attracts roughly two million guests at every edition, offering attendees the choice of hundreds of concerts spread out over 10 or 11 days -- in 2014, the Montreal Jazz Festival runs from June 27 to July 6, 2014 with opening shows scheduled on June 26 and closers on Jul 7, 2014. And most of those shows are FREE. There are also special activities geared towards kids and the whole family.
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All That Jazz
Covering the gamut of jazz genres since its debut edition in 1980, the fest also features related genres such as:
- Latin Jazz
An absolute blessing to music fans on a budget, hundreds of free shows are held at the Montreal Jazz Fest's downtown hub around Ste. Catherine between Place-des-Arts and Complexe Desjardins. This list of top free concerts at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival will be updated when this year's free concerts lineup is announced in June.
The Montreal Jazz Festival consistently attracts top international talent. Notables such as Diana Krall and Charlie Haden have dubbed it the best jazz fest in the world, a jazz fest that's greeted the likes of:
- Oscar Peterson
- Ray Charles
- Miles Davis
- Tony Bennett
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Aretha Franklin
- B.B. King
- Pat Metheny
- Norah Jones