LaRazón • July 5, 2019
The Montreal International Jazz Festival is held from June 27 to July 6 and is undoubtedly the most important of its kind worldwide. It holds the Guinness Record for being the biggest festival on the planet. The 2019 edition has the outstanding presence of artists such as Norah Jones, Bryan Adams, Omara Portuondo, and Alan Parsons, among an offering of five hundred concerts -nothing less-, with musicians from different countries and who have marked the path of contemporary music. Since its first edition, in 1979, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Pat Metheny, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, among other legendary jazz characters, have shone on stage. Laurent Saulnier, vice president of the festival and music journalist, speaks of this year's celebration of the festival's fortieth anniversary. The festival holds an attendance record that exceeds 20,000.