All about that Jazz: What’s hot July 7

Our recommendations for what to see at the festival tonight, including some solid local hip hop.




The Jazz Fest continues for another three days and nights. Here are our top picks for tonight:

7 p.m.: Montreal musical royalty and a crown jewel of the jazz establishment, piano master Oliver Jones, retires from the live limelight with a farewell double-bill featuring his famed trio as well  as l’Orchestre National de Jazz (Maison Symphonique, 1600 St-Urbain, $47.25-$57.25, indoor)

9 p.m.: Swing kings Big Bad Voodoo Daddy cut a rug on the TD stage. Catch them again at 11 p.m. (de Maisonneuve & Jeanne-Mance, free, outdoor)

10 p.m.: Maritime-cum-Montreal electro-rap outfit Radio Radio drop petards all over Club Soda. (1225 St-Laurent, $32.35, indoor)

10 p.m.: The rap/soul styling of Montreal’s Heartstreets and their live band return to the fest. (Turkish Airlines/CBC Stage, Clark & de Montigny, free, outdoor)

11:59 p.m.: Live rap weekly #LeCypher returns to the Savoy for a second year, with a three-night stint of room-shakingly tight boom bap from the Urban Science band. Try and catch at least one, and check back for Friday’s column and some Q&A with always-engaging bandleader Vincent Stephen-Ong. (59 Ste-Catherine E., free, indoor)

For a detailed site map, ticket info and the complete schedule, please consult the official Montreal International Jazz Festival website