After my article highlighting the top 5 shows to see indoors, here are the top 5 shows you should see outdoors, at the 36th Montreal Jazz Festival starting this Friday, June 26, 2015. They are all free shows, so let’s go! Come and jazz in Montreal!

29 June – JANE BUNNETT AND MAQUEQUE, Scène TD, 6 PM

Having this fantastic saxophonist and flautist at the jazz fest is a treat! Jane Bunnett is one of our great Canadian jazzwoman. A four-time JUNO winner and two-time Grammy nominee, she is known for her brave artistry as her music is a quest, exploring the lines between jazz and Afro-Cuban music. She’s in town to share with us her beautiful collaboration with the Maqueque. A group of 5 Cuban women and together, they deliver a colourful sound of jazz with a traditional Cuban flavour. Be ready to dance, it’s high in energy and rhythms!

30 June – TRIO HUGO MAYRAND, Club Jazz Casino, 7 PM

This trio is home brewed, right here in Montreal! Hugo Mayrand is an awesome guitarist and an excellent composer. The trio’s forte is modern jazz and traditional Brazilian. They explore rhythms like samba, choro and bossa nova. With the great talent of Jérôme Beaulieu on piano, and the astounding beats of Maude Bastien on drums, The Trio Hugo Mayrand has been nominated for the TD Grand Jazz Award and the Stingray Rising Star Award. Great band! You know, you can’t go wrong when there’s a girl behind a set of drums!

July 1st – DAVID BLAKE/ Club Jazz Casino, 7 PM

For Canada day I suggest 2 concerts, Start with Vancouver guitarist David Blake at 7 PM and then walk over to see our very own Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal at 9 PM.

A young Vancouver guitarist that’s going places! Nominated for the TD Grand Jazz Award and the Galaxie Rising Star Award. He delivers a sleek jazz with a pleasant rhythm and wonderful melodies. David Blake is also a fine composer. The guitarist has a fantastic debut album worth check out; ‘’Next Door People’’, great compositions!

July 1st – Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal – Scène TD, 9 PM

Big bands are always fun! We have our very own jazz orchestra right here in Montreal and it’s their first time playing outside on a great big stage. Get ready to see & hear the ‘’crème de la crème’’ musicians from the jazz and classical scene! 18 musicians to WoW us! The guest artists are pretty impressive too! Canadian Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, vocalist Karen Young, conductor Christine Jensen and Marianne Trudel at the piano. Let me assure you… The Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal will be magical!

July 3 – Oran Etkin, Club Jazz Casino, 5 PM

This Israeli multi-instrumentist has a unique sound. Discover another definition of jazz with Oran Etkin‘s new album “Gathering Light”. He interweaves fresh and adventurous compositions with melodies and rhythms. His ‘’tour de force’’ is how he brings to light all the essence of the recent concert tours he did in Indonesia, China, Japan, Israel and Europe. Harmonious jazz blend ignited by culture. This jazz will take you places in your mind!

Then for the last night of the Jazz Festival: From one king to the other! Guy Nadon at 5 PM. They call him “Le Roi du Drum”. Then celebrate the memories of B.B. King at the closing ceremony at 9 PM.

July 5 – Guy Nadon, scène TD, 5 PM

The King of the drum! Our very own Guy Nadon celebrated his 80th birthday and a 70-year career last year. Full of verve, a master at the drums. He’s a pioneer, a monument at the Jazz Festival. On more time we get to enjoy his tenure! Nadon once said: Take Five in 5/4 … you don’t count it, you just feel it man!  Feel we will!

July 5 – THE GRAND BLUES EVENING IN MEMORY OF B.B. KING, Scène TD, 9 PM

Celebrating the great King of Blues! The Quebec blues scene gathers on stage for a grand evening.  Celebrating the music of the great legend B.B. King. A real treat, with the harmonica of Guy Bélanger and his band. Also joining the jubilation: Bob Walsh, Erik West-Millette, Jordan Officer, Kim Richardson, Brian Tyler, Angel Forrest, Mike Goudreau, Jimmy James, Conor Gains, Jean Fernand Girard, Mathieu Holubowski and many more. It will be big… a big ending… just like B.B. King would of liked!

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Check out my recommendation for indoors concerts

See our daily recommendations in our “Ultimate Guide” (in French)

Read all our articles on the 2015 Montreal Jazz Fest

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Colette's passion for jazz is deeply rooted. Enthral led by a vast spectrum that brings diversity and discoveries from old school to the up and coming scene, she’s always on the lookout for new artists and musicians' collaborations. Transmitting her love of jazz via her Monday night radio show Coco Jazz on CKVL 100,1 FM. With playlists loaded of jazz, electro jazz, funk, and Latin grooves, there's something for everyone. Columnist for www.sortiesjazznights.com, she reports Coco’s local jazz gig of the week. Jazz is unifying. Jazz is freedom.