The Montreal International Jazz Festival is gearing up for its 2012 Edition, which runs Thursday, June 28 – Saturday, July 7, 2012!

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They’ve just announced a special pre-Festival concert by James Taylor on Wednesday, June 27th – click on the image above to get more details.

The truly international Festival draws 2.5 million spectators who come to hear 3,000 artists from 30 countries perform an assortment of jazz, blues, Latin-jazz, Brazilian, Cuban, African, soul, reggae, electronica and more. “Wow, what a Festival!” said the New York Times. DownBeat Magazine says “Montreal Best of the Fests Bigger! Better! Best, actually” while Playboy Magazine says it’s “the best urban music festival in North America.” And artists like Diana Krall, Pat Metheny, Tony Bennett, Charlie Haden, Al Jarreau and B.B. King have all said “It’s the best jazz festival in the world.”

 

James Taylor and his band

 

2012 shows already announced include Esperanza Spalding, the Wayne Shorter Quartet, Tangerine Dream, Get The Blessing, the Dorantes/Garcia-Fons/Theodosii Spassov Trio, Gianmaria Testa, the Eliane Elias Brasileira Quartet, CéU, Chris Botti, Strunz & Farah and Van der Graaf Generator. Hundreds more will be announced in the coming months.


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