The Montreal International Jazz Festival or the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal in french, is a festival held each and every year, in Montreal Quebec, Canada. In 2004 it took the Guinness World Record as the world’s largest Jazz festival. It invites artist from all over the nation and all over the world, gathering an average of 3,000. It hosts more than 650 concerts, which include 450 concerts that are free and outdoors. The festival opens up to 2.5 million visitors, 400 accredited journalists, and tourists galore. It is a great festival for the cultured and for those with good taste in music.
The downtown core is closed for traffic during the ten days that the festival does on for, and the many stages that the festival artists play on are stuff with musicians, and onlookers crowd around stages to look and watch the music flow from the instruments, straight into their ears. Every step a person takes leads them to new places in music, and this event lasts from noon, all the way until midnight. The soothing feeling of listening to jazz while the mon is out is indescribable.
The festival was conceived by Alain Simard, who was a worker for the Productions Kosmos in the early 1970s, with artists like Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and many others. He had the idea of creating a summer festival in Montreal to bring all these artists together. A number of live recordings have taken place at the Jazz festival, including a 4- disc box set labeled as “Over 20 Years of Music,” so you know that hearing the music is definitely worth something.