Lots of jazz music
in Montreal this summer

Montreal International Jazz Festival and Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill deliver the goods

By Byron Toben

June 27,  2024

At a time when some Montreal festivals are cancelled or attenuated (film, comedy), it is refreshing that the International Jazz Festival is proceeding as scheduled from June 27 to August 6. Founded in 1980, it is now the largest jazz festival in the world, attracting about two million visitors annually. Many of its free outdoor shows are balanced by formal indoor shows. Check its website for complete details.

In the same time frame, our own intimate jazz joint, Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill, is featuring its series of performers and for full details, check its website. Each show plays two sets at 7 pm and again at 9:30 pm, with reasonable prices and tasty food and drink.

Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill

Image: courtesy of Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill

Here is a quick list of the performers:

June 27 – Taurey Butler Quartet
June 28 – Dawn Tyler Watson (Tribute to Dinah Washington)
June 29 – Andres Vial Quartet
June 30 – The Huntertones
July 1 – Laura Anglade
July 2 – Joe Farnsworth Quartet (Time to Swing)
July 3 – Maki Yamanaka Quartet
July 4 – Benny Green Solo Piano
July 5 and 6 – George Coleman Quartet

Feature image: courtesy of the Montreal International Jazz Festival

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Byron Toben, a past president of The Montreal Press Club, has been’s theatre reviewer since July 2015. Previously, he wrote for since-terminated websites Rover Arts and Charlebois Post, print weekly The Downtowner, and print monthly The Senior Times. He also is an expert consultant on U.S. work permits for Canadians.

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