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Five Hot Takes From The Montreal Jazz Festival, on The Checkout

Sarah Geledi
Laurent Saulnier

Laurent Saulnier isn't shy when pushing the boundaries of jazz. For 19 years, the V.P. of Programming for the largest jazz festival on the planet has made the case that jazz is much more than swing and bebop, but a style that informs many of the popular sounds we listen to today.

On this edition of the Checkout from the 39th Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, Saulnier introduces to us five artists we should know from Quebec. Some of these artists Saulnier admits he has big hopes for in the future.

Credit Benoit Rosseau
Random Recipe

Music featured in this segment includes:

  • Dominique Fils-Aimé, "Strange Fruit" from Nameless (Ensoul Records)
  • Jean-Michel Blais, "Dans Ma Main" from Dans Ma Main (Arts & Crafts)
  • The Brooks, "Mama" from Pain & Bliss (Troublemakers, Inc)
  • Hichem Khalfa, "Momo" from Réminiscences (651449 Records DK)
  • Random Recipe feat. Rhonda Smith, "Out of the Sky" from Distractions (Independent)

The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal continues through this Saturday.

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Assistant Producer: Sarah Geledi

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For more than 15 years, Simon Rentner has worked as a host, producer, broadcaster, web journalist, and music presenter in New York City. His career gives him the opportunity to cover a wide spectrum of topics including, history, culture, and, most importantly, his true passion of music from faraway places such as Europe, South America, and Africa.