Montreal jazz fest’s on-line version a rousing success


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The Montreal Worldwide Jazz Competition’s on-line version was a smash success.

As a digital alternative for this yr’s real-life jazz pageant — which was cancelled as a result of COVID-19 — Le jazz est dans l’air reeled in tens of 1000’s of viewers per day, from Saturday by Tuesday night.

“Frankly, I used to be stunned, from the primary night time, by the variety of folks watching — and that quantity saved rising,” mentioned jazz fest VP of programming Laurent Saulnier. “Individuals dug in, they usually caught round, regardless of the model of music.”

Round 2,000 to three,000 viewers tuned into the pageant’s Fb web page at any given time over the course of the occasion, however many extra seen the performances after the very fact.

That’s nice information for the performers within the impressively numerous, all-Montreal lineup, a lot of whom gained legions of recent followers.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, over 60,000 had watched Saturday’s opening program, that includes fiery units from Guadeloupian-Québécoise singer-songwriter Malika Tirolien, Mali-born Djely Tapa and Cameroon-Quebec soul singer Clerel, capped by the screening of a 2004 live performance by piano greats Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones, taken from the jazz fest vaults.