Québec Jazz Festival gets “International” flair

Québec Jazz Festival gets “International” flair


The Festival de Jazz de Québec has begun its 8th year with a minor but important rebranding.  Now known as the “Festival International de Jazz de Québec”, the growing festival is pulling out all the stops this year to feature as much international talent as possible in conjunction with local Jazz musicians.  Organizers met with press at Le Capitole this morning to unveil their new logo, updated to reflect the festival’s new international status, and go over the highlights of the upcoming festival with the public.

Of note, the festival’s programming will include an homage to Nelson Mandela, who died late last year and who was known to appreciate jazz music.  The festival has invited South-African born jazz singer Lorraine Klaasen to headline this homage.  The jazz festival is also teaming up with their long-time supporters at the Basilique Notre Dame de Québec to highlight Québec’s historical ties with the jazz heartland of Louisiana, with New Orleans jazz legend Ellis Marsalis among the international musicians in this year’s festival.  As an interesting tidbit, basilica representatives pointed out that Louis Jolliet, known as the first European to explore the Mississippi, was also Notre Dame de Québec’s first official organist.  The musical connection between Québec and New Orleans clearly runs long.

The Festival International de Jazz de Québec runs from October 14th to November 2nd.  A full roster of scheduled events is available on the Québec Jazz Festival website.

Farnell Morisset, Life in Québec staff writer

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