So I do know a little bit about jazz, but this Montreal fest tends to focus on stuff like ragtime, dixieland, and world beat. All great, just not my biggest knowledge areas. Anyway, I took a look at the schedule and did see a bunch of stuff I'd go to - most of whom you're probably already familiar with and a lot of which you have to buy tickets for, but for S&G I went ahead and made a schedule for myself if I were going. But with that much music all over the place I'd probably end up just wandering around until I heard something I liked and stop.
July 4th Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak - I'd go to this but not for this price Bettye Lavette/Wanda Jackson - Also expensive, but I'd pay for this one Fitz and the Tantrums - for $20 I'd definitely do this one
July 5th Gypsy Kumbia would be cool and that's free Shaky Graves is building a lot of buzz lately and he's free - haven't heard him, but I'd go to this one Charles Walker and the Dynamites - in the Lee Fields vein - free PHJB is playing but it's expensive Not familiar with Papagroove but they look fun
July 6th Soweto Gospel Choir - they are fantastic, but man, that's an expensive show Madeleine Peyroux Viva Nova - this is good stuff if you like the old Stan Getz or Jobim style bossanova and it's free
July 7th Looks like a lot of dixie until evening, then the non free shows I'd like to see are: Suuns John Abercrombie - good postbop guitarist in the McLaughlin vein Brubeck Brothers tribute to their dad
This is one free show on the 7th that I bet is phenomenal - Amadou and Mariam w/Fatoumata Diawara