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The Mix: Jazz In The Present Tense

WBGO Previews The Montreal International Jazz Festival

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Last month, my station, WBGO, celebrated its 32nd birthday. Strangely enough, another jazz titan turns the same age this Saturday: the Montreal International Jazz Festival. One of the largest music festivals of any kind in the world, it runs from June 25 through July 4.

The two of us have grown up together. WBGO's Michael Bourne and Becca Pulliam first collaborated with the festival in the 1990s, and the station began live remote broadcasts from Montreal in 2004. Next weekend, July 1-4, WBGO will be back in Montreal for another live broadcast.

This music mix, composed entirely of artists who will perform at the festival, highlights some of the acts that the WBGO staff can't wait to see. Montreal really attracts the cream of the international jazz crop, from perennial jazz stars such as Joshua Redman and Dave Brubeck to up-and-comers like Trombone Shorty and Yaron Herman.

You'll hear a little bit of everything in this mix — music to enjoy whether you're planning your trip to Montreal or can't make it and want to know what you're missing. Either way, you can tune into WBGO at 88.3 in the New York/New Jersey area, or listen live online at

Artists In The Mix

  • Geri Allen
  • Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Regina Carter
  • Cyrus Chestnut
  • Anat Cohen
  • Kellylee Evans
  • Bela Fleck
  • Fly
  • Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
  • Galactic
  • Tigran Hamasyan & Aratta Rebirth
  • Gilad Hekselman
  • Magos Herrera
  • Dave Holland Octet
  • Jaga Jazzist
  • Diana Krall
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Christian McBride & Inside Straight
  • Brad Mehldau
  • Gretchen Parlato
  • Jeremy Pelt
  • Jean-Michel Pilc
  • Joshua Redman
  • Marc Ribot
  • Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • Soul Rebels Brass Band
  • Esperanza Spalding
  • Dan Tepfer Trio
  • Trombone Shorty
  • Erik Truffaz

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