The Montreal International Jazz Festival
Dive deep into the world of jazz as you enjoy performances, lectures, demonstrations and discussions at the world-renowned Festival International de Jazz à Montréal.
Rating (4.8)
Program No. 13960RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

We’ve got your ticket to the Festival International de Jazz à Montréal — one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world. Meet with a renowned jazz specialist and performers from Canada and around the world. Discuss jazz with musicologists, and choose from an amazing line-up of performers, as fellow jazzophiles converge in the idyllic, cultural city of Montréal.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walks up to two miles; stairs and cobblestone; standing at concerts.
Our Flex learning adventures offer more flexible schedules than our traditional programs, with ample independent time and several meals on your own. Enjoy the camaraderie of the group while also getting time to explore on your own.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Attend three outstanding indoor concerts in the Jazz Fest’s prestigious concert hall, meet musicians and experience late-night jam sessions.
  • Go behind-the-scenes with musicians, performers and experts, and choose from more than 300 outdoor free concerts.
  • Experience the rich history of the old district, the European feel and French culture in Québec’s premier city of creativity, cuisine and music.

General Notes

Maximum group size is 26 participants. This learning adventure is one of our FLEX programs. It offers a more flexible schedule than our traditional programs and includes ample independent time and several meals on your own. Suggestions for free-time activities are provided in preparatory materials, and your Group Leader will be happy to provide suggestions for self-directed excursions.
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Jennifer Bell
Introducing Jennifer Bell on saxophone. Jennifer was the first female recipient of a bachelor's in jazz studies from McGill University. She has made her home in Montreal since 1981 and is an active member of the thriving jazz scene there. She founded the group Streetnix in 1987 and has appeared at every edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal since. She has been an instructor of jazz combos, saxophone and jazz history at the McGill Conservatory of Music since 1985.
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Jennifer Bell
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Andrée Girard
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Michel Jutras
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Sylvie Nadeau
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