Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 Lineup Highlights

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    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 Must-See Gigs

    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 lineup highlights include Pink Martini.
    ••• Above: singer China Forbes of the American band Pink Martini performs live during a concert at the Admiralspalast on October 25, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Pink Martini is one of the Montreal Jazz Festival's top headliners in 2017. Frank Hoensch / Redferns / Getty Images

    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 Lineup Highlights

    Easily the most anticipated festival in the city just in terms of size, in 2017, the Montreal Jazz Festival runs June 29 to July 8, 2017 and with it comes hundreds of free concerts lining downtown's Place des Festivals and surrounding streets and squares from noon till night over the course of ten days.

    Add to that 200 more indoor gigs featuring a mix of living legends, up-and-comers and sought-after recording artists in their prime. All in all, crowds exceeding two million walk through the fest's outdoor hub every year.

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    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017: Buddy Guy

    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 lineup highlights include Buddy Guy.
    ••• Buddy Guy performs in concert at ACL Live on October 20, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Gary Miller / Getty Images

    Blues guitarist Buddy Guy's career spans over 60 years, with contemporaries like Jimi Hendrix claiming "heaven is lying at Buddy Guy’s feet while listening to him play guitar." And if going by successors' recent praises, it sounds like little has changed.

    Metallica's Kirk Hammett claimed in a November 2016 interview with Guitar World that the seven-time Grammy-winning octogenarian still has it going on live, solid news for fans attending the gigs grueling tour schedule, which includes a stop in Montreal June 30, 2017.

    Buddy Guy performs a triple bill at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Charlie Musselwhite and Lucky Peterson on June 30, 2017 at Place des Arts' Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. Buy tickets.

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    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017: Pink Martini

    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 lineup highlights include Pink Martini.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Pink Martini

    The Montreal Jazz Festival is certainly no stranger to Portland, Oregon's multilingual "little orchestra" Pink Martini, a regularly featured musical act at the fest last seen on its stages in 2014 known for flashing back to the sounds and sensibilities of '40s and '50s.

    The big band's latest nostalgic, jazzy-esque whimsies round out its recently-released ninth studio album "Je Dis Oui!" -that's French for "I Say Yes!"- sung in 8 different languages, from Armenian to Farsi.

    Pink Martini performs at the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 8, 2017 at Place des Arts' Salle Wilfrid-PelletierBuy tickets.

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    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017: Jesse Cook

    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 lineup highlights include Jesse Cook.
    ••• Video still courtesy of Jesse Cook

    Toronto native Jesse Cook is a regular at the Montreal Jazz Festival, having performed in 2015 and before that, in 2012. His beat? Latin America by way of the Old World. Nuevo flamenco, rumba, and jazz are mainstays as is Cook's penchant for world music experimentation. 

    Jesse Cook performs at the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 8, 2017 at Place des Arts' Maison SymphoniqueBuy tickets.

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    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017: Rodrigo Amarante

    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 lineup highlights include Rodrigo Amarante.
    ••• Above: Brazilian musician Rodrigo Amarante plays guitar as he leads his band at the 17th Annual LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference) at Central Park SummerStage, New York, New York, July 8, 2016. Jack Vartoogian / Getty Images

    Narcos fans would recognize Rodrigo Amarante's best-known song anywhere, "Tuyo," the Netflix-produced series' theme. Not that it's his first song. The "up-and-coming" Rio de Janeiro bossa nova indie rocker has been playing in bands and co-writing songs for over 15 years though it would take until 2014 for him to release a solo album, Cavalo, which, incidentally, rose to critical acclaim. 

    Rodrigo Amarante performs at the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 6, 2017 at Club Soda. Buy tickets.

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    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017: Hiromi

    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 lineup highlights include Hiromi.
    ••• Above: Hiromi performs at La Cigale on October 19, 2016 in Paris, France. David Wolff - Patrick / Redferns / Getty Images

    Here's one for the jazz purists. From commercial jingle writer to one the scene's most exciting talents, Japan's Hiromi is a jazz piano star, her frenzied style the source of both scorn and praise. Is she showing off dexterity and speed at the expense of substance? Depends who's listening, including to her latest, Spark, her fourth studio album, this time as a trio with bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips.

    For the purposes of the 2017 edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival, Hiromi is joined by harpist Edmar Castaneda on June 30, 2017 at Monument National. Buy tickets.

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    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017: Bob Dylan

    Montreal June 2017 events, festivals, attractions, and concerts include an appearance by Bob Dylan.
    ••• Above: honoree Bob Dylan speaks onstage at the 25th anniversary MusiCares 2015 Person Of The Year Gala honoring Bob Dylan at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Lester Cohen / WireImage / Getty Images

    A living folk legend if there ever was one, anticipate Bob Dylan performing tracks off of  Triplicate, the literary Nobel Prize winner's 38th studio album—three discs of American standards covered by Dylan—at the Montreal Bell Centre on June 30, 2017. Buy tickets.

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    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017: Feist

    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 lineup headliners include Feist.
    ••• Above: singer-Songwriter Feist attends the GRAMMY Pro Up Close & Personal with Feist and Daniel Levitin event at UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley on April 20, 2017 in Berkeley, California. Steve Jennings / WireImage for The Recording Academy / Getty Images

    Feist playing at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2017 is a double whammy for fans who've been patiently waiting six years for the Canadian songstress to release her fifth studio album, Pleasure, a deeply personal, darker collection of songs far removed from buoyant and breezy breakout hits like "1234" from a decade prior. 

    Feist performs at the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 4, 2017 at Place des Arts' Salle Wilfrid-PelletierBuy tickets.

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    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017: Melissa Etheridge & Joss Stone

    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 lineup highlights include Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone.
    ••• Above: Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone perform 'Piece of My Heart,' a tribute to Janis Joplin at the 47th Grammy Awards on February 13, 2005. Michael Caulfield / WireImage for The Recording Academy / Getty Images

    This isn't the first time soul star Joss Stone and rock icon Melissa Etheridge share a stage, having performed a tribute in tandem to Janis Joplin at the 2005 Grammy Awards.

    Whether they plan a duet encore remains to be seen, though fans can catch both Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone performing a double header at the 2017 edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 5, 2017 at Place des Arts' Salle Wilfrid-PelletierBuy tickets.

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    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017: Charles Bradley

    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 lineup highlights include Charles Bradley.
    ••• Above: Charles Bradley performs onstage during The Meadows Music & Arts Festival Day 2 on October 2, 2016 in Queens, New York. Taylor Hill / Getty Images for The Meadows

    From homeless teen to James Brown impersonator to one of soul's top players seemingly overnight, Charles Bradley waded through a lifetime of struggle before his big breakthrough. Signing to Daptone Records and releasing his first studio album No Time for Dreaming back in 2011, the sexagenarian has since become one of the soul revivalist scene's most memorable live performers.

    Catch Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires channeling the '60s at the 2017 edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival July 4, 2017 at the Metropolis. Buy tickets.

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    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017: Joey Bada$$

    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 lineup highlights include Joey Bada$$.
    ••• Above: rapper Joey Bada$$ performs onstage during the Smokers Club 420 event at The Observatory on April 20, 2017 in Santa Ana, California. Scott Dudelson / Getty Images

    Brooklyn rapper/actor Joey Bada$$ brings a whiff of hip hop to the Montreal Jazz Festival with new tracks from his recently-released sophomore studio album All Amerikkkan Badass.

    Catch Joey Bada$$ at the 2017 edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival July 4, 2016 at the Metropolis. Buy tickets.

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    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 Lineup: The Free Shows

    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 free concerts to catch include Nomadic Massive.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Nomadic Massive

    Some of the best gigs at the Montreal Jazz Festival are free. Incidentally, most of its lineup is. Out of over 500 scheduled concerts, 350 don't cost a dime.