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. This weekend, 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 www.wbgo.org.