The 30th anniversary of the Montreal International Jazz Festival will pay homage to Miles Davis and the 50th anniversary of Kind of Blue with three shows dedicated to the late great trumpet player.
Davis will be honoured with “Sketches of MD,” which will find Kenny Garrett paying tribute with his own compositions, and “Miles From India,” a project fusing Indian culture with American jazz.
Also, a 50th anniversary celebration of Davis’ Kind of Blue will feature Jimmy Cobb – the last surviving member of the original recording – and his So What Band.
Other performers in the indoor program announced Tuesday for the festival – which runs June 30 to July 12 – include Ornette Coleman, Jeff Beck, Lee Konitz, Kenny Werner, Tony Bennett and Jill Barber. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis open the festival. Tickets go on sale Saturday.