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Most Exciting Jazz Festivals in Europe and Canada

MĀRIS BRIEŽKALNS, LEADER OF MĀRIS BRIEŽKALNS QUINTET: "JAZZ - IT IS ART OF IMPROVISATION. NO TWO CONCERTS OR TWO PERFORMANCES CAN EVER BE IDENTICAL. ANY JAZZ RECORD TOO PRESENTS A UNIQUE INTERPRETATION OF A GIVEN THEME. MAYBE THAT IS WHY LIVE JAZZ IS SO POWERFUL - IT IS MUSIC THAT EVERY SINGLE TIME, BE IT PERFORMED ON A FAMOUS STAGE, A BAR OR JUST ON THE STREET, IS BEING CREATED AS IF ANEW. THERE IS A FUNNY STORY ABOUT A PROMINENT SAXOPHONIST, WHO SUDDENLY STOPS PLAYING IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS MASTER CLASS, SAYING: „ MAGIC SOMETIMES COMES, AND SOMETIMES IT DOESN'T." THOUGH, THIS IS VERY TRUE IN FACT. TODAY, JAZZ INCLUDES NOT ONLY TRADITIONAL DIXIELAND OR SWING BUT MANY OTHER RELATED GENRES AND STYLES OF THE WORLD MUSIC - FUNK, AFRO-BEAT, LATIN, CUBAN, AND BRAZILIAN JAZZ AS WELL. THERE ARE SIX GREAT JAZZ FESTIVALS TO BE DISCOVER AND SAVOR, WORTHWHILE VISITING - PERHAPS YOU COULD START WITH ONE OF THEM."

Ottawa Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival,