Simon Rentner's Guide to Jazz from Montreal
June 29, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Montreal hosts the world's largest jazz festival, which inaugurates its 33rd year today - the ten-day event features more than a thousand concerts and attracts two million visitors to the city many consider to be Canada's cultural capital.
WBGO has been part of the festival for many years - host Michael Bourne has been there every year for two decades, and was recently profiled by both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Daily News for his superb coverage of the fest. Bourne is there again this year, and will broadcast a special edition of "Singers Unlimited" live from Montreal this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Montreal has a robust jazz culture all year long, with many musicians who deserve to be better known beyond the banks of the Saint Lawrence river. WBGO producer Simon Rentner turns a spotlight on some of the city's best performers, as part of his regular contributions to NPRMusic.org's series of "Take Five" audio features.
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