Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presents

Bobby McFerrin

A vocal virtuoso, a hypnotic performer and an artist of peerlessly contagious joy… a Bobby McFerrin concert is an experience as dizzying as it is unforgettable. One-man orchestra Bobby McFerrin uses his four-octave range and vast array of vocal techniques to remarkably reproduce the trumpet in a jazz standard, the cello in a classical composition and the bubbly melody of a pop song, to name but a few sounds in his eclectic repertoire. But McFerrin is much more than a mimic. His a cappella improvisations re-imagined the most primitive of instruments: the human voice. The multi-talented artist’s playful and imaginative approach to music is matched by a serious dedication to his art form, whether working as a vocalist, composer, conductor or educator. The utterly deserving winner of the 2003 Ella Fitzgerald Award, a musical adventurer who takes jazz vocal to new lands, McFerrin returns to a Festival that loves him with his latest album, Spirityouall, featuring the musical legacy of his father, a renowned performer of Negro spirituals and the first Afro-American singer in the Metropolitan Opera. A jubilant musical pilgrimage.

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Montreal Jazz FestivalRanked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been synonymous with a passion for music for over three decades. Every year, the metropolis welcomes global music fans to 10 days of jazz-centric celebration, where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of the genre in its purest form. The Festival hosts some 30 countries, 3,000 musicians and public entertainers, 1,000 concerts and activities—two-thirds of them free – in 15 concert halls and on 8 outdoor stages, welcoming more than 2 million visitors to the city, from noon to midnight! And it all happens in the heart of Montreal’s downtown core, in an area off-limits to car traffic! There’s no doubt – Montreal is the heartbeat of Planet Jazz!
Check out the full festival line-up at www.montrealjazzfest.com