Written by
Bob Stumpel

November 12

Ray Charles In Souvenirs Du Festival De Jazz In Montreal (1997)

'99 DM Montreal

On 2 July 1999 the Canadian news program Le Téléjournal/Le Point aired a report, made by Paul Toutant, on the Montreal Jazz Festival (taking place from 1 to 11 July 1999), titled Souvenirs Du Festival De Jazz.
In little more than 8 minutes we see an impressive line-up of archival footage of live performing stars from the history of the festival – like Tony Bennett, François Bourassa, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cab Calloway, Johnny Clegg, Michel Cusson, Miles Davis, Cesaria Evora, Ella Fitzgerald, Stéphane Grappelli, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Diana Krall, Michel Legrand, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Guy Nadon, Oscar Peterson, Michel Petrucciani, Ginette Reno, Buddy Rich, Little Richard, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, Vic Vogel, and Ray Charles (with a few notes of What’d I Say).
These precious seconds come from a taping of Ray’s Montreal concert from 4 July 1983 (see this). For a leaf-through reproduction of the 1999 festival program, look here.

See video here.


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