June 2019News

Gala 20th year of concerts that heal in the JGH Jazz Festival

As Dr. Wendajam plays, visitor Sai Swari engages in an impromptu dance performance for patients, staff and visitors on June 12.

As Dr. Wendajam plays, visitor Sai Swari engages in an impromptu dance performance for patients, staff and visitors on June 12.

Music—uplifting, inspiring, healing—soared across the grounds and through the corridors of the JGH again this June, as the JGH Jazz Festival celebrated its gala 20th year of entertaining patients, visitors and staff.

Featured among the performers in the free noontime concerts from June 11 to 20 was a guest appearance on June 12 by Bryan Highbloom, the retired JGH Music Therapist who founded and launched the festival in 2000.

Mr. Highbloom accompanied Dr. Wendajam and his Traveling Medicine Show, a veteran group that was on the bill at the inaugural festival.

Visiting musicians and groups transported audiences through a wide array of musical and global styles, ranging from jazz rock, free jazz and Latin jazz to blues, klezmer and traditional Ghanaian music.

Most concerts were held in the outdoor picnic area near the Côte-des-Neiges entrance, but moved inside on rainy days to the Carrefour Lea Polansky in Pavilion K.

JGH Jazz is presented in partnership with Suoni per il Popolo, an annual not-for-profit Montreal music festival that showcases new artists and engages communities in the city’s thriving independent music scene.

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