The 32nd Montreal International Jazz Festival saw record numbers of visitors during its 10-day run in Montreal last week – there were more than 1000 shows that took place on stages indoors and out across the city. "It was above all an unprecedented musical success. There were so many great shows," said festival vice-president of programming Laurent Saulnier to AFP.
He may be 84 years old but that didn't stop the iconic Tony Bennett from making yet another stop at the Jazz Fest – good thing he made that major comeback in the 1990s and has stuck around ever since!
One of jazz's sexiest crooners, Diana Krall, a BC native, played three sold-out solo shows with just her piano and incredible voice.
Accompanied by guitarist Jordan Officer, Susie Arioli's distinct sound made for a much-talked about show at this year's festival.
On her first tour in 18 years, Sade is back and better than ever. It was her first appearance at the Jazz Fest, playing a show at the Bell Centre that opened with John Legend – it was an awesome bill.
Having already performed for the Obamas at the White House, her last album "Esperanza" was released to critical reviews. At just 24 years old, she’s often called a prodigy, and Montreal audiences were delighted by this hot and hip emerging artist.
Anouar Brahem, etc.
For fans looking to find an eclectic sound that's a mix between jazz, orchestra and traditional tunes, then Anouar Brahem on oud, Jean Louis Matinier on accordion and François Couturier on piano were the perfect ensemble to check out.
Hitting the Montreal Jazz Fest stage for the first time 25 years ago, the beautiful Holly Cole was back this year with new tunes from her album that will be released in the coming months.
Montreal's own Nikki Yanofsky, who first hit music lovers' radars when she sang the Canadian anthem at the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Winter Games in Vancouver, is just 17 years old, and her show at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier included an additional 70 musicians.
Playing two shows, the sometimes-controversial Prince returned to the Montreal Jazz Fest stage after wowing audiences at the same event 10 years ago – and he was just as impressive this time around.
What better way to wrap things up then with the B-52s? Closing up the festival on July 4th, they played 17 songs, which was followed by a fireworks display.