Jul 10, 2009

Montréal's International Jazz Fest as good as ever

By guest contributor Alexandra Forbes

Last night was simply perfect to hit Montréal's annual jazz fest: the air was still and warm, the crowds were big yet oh-so-civil, the vibe was peaceful and cheerful.

I saw a bit of everything. Classic blues by Carlos del Junco & The Blues Mongrels:

Then I strolled around the myriad food stalls, cold beer in hand:

I watched the first 20 minutes of the Curumin show, since the guy is Brazilian. Funky. O.K. . Here's a link to his MySpace page.

The night ended with Jesse Cook (wicked Spanish-sounding acoustic guitar) with many Brazilian guests (Samba Squad e o Maninho Costa, ás do pandeiro).

I loved it all: the orderly yet cheery crowds, the laid-back vibe, the cold beer, the clean bathrooms, the super setup. As they say here in Montréal, it's a definite "incontournable": you won't want to miss it.

Official Montréal Jazz Festival website

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