June 29, 2014. Posted by Simon Rentner.
Andre Menard, co-founder and artistic director of the Montreal Jazz Festival, is welcoming everyone to "Tarantino In Concert," the first show of this year's jazzfest, and he's amused by the caveats. "Please be advised there will be coarse language," he says. "And gunshots," he laughs. "Lots of gunshots."
Up from the audience leaps a young woman screaming obscenities and threatening everyone with a .45 too big for her hand. Those in the audience who know the movies of Quentin Tarantino, which is why most of us are there, recognize the moment: Amanda Plummer suddenly screaming and threatening the crowd at a roadside restaurant in the movie "Pulp Fiction." She's ridiculous and even pitiful more than frightening.
She's mostly annoying two patrons having a philosophical discourse. They're hit men, played by Samuel L Jackson and John Travolta. And soon, indeed, there will be lots of gunshots.
"Tarantino In Concert" is a concept that seems somewhat obvious but no one ever thought of it before. While there've been plenty of great screenplays and great screenwrights, Quentin Tarantino dialogue and scenes have been abundantly iconic.
John Travolta bemused by burgers re-named at McDonald's in Paris, where they call a Big Mac a "Royalle with Cheese" …
Christopher Walken remembering how a boy's heirloom watch was hidden away from prison guards — fundamentally hidden away …
The Bride killing Bill …
The Reservoir Dogs killing each other … "Tarantino In Concert" shuffles the most memorable moments from the movies together with pop songs from the soundtracks or that encompass a feeling of the moments. Sometimes, maybe mostly, for laughs. "Jungle Boogie." "Across 110th Street." "Hooked on a Feeling." "Stuck in the Middle with You." Robert DeNiro tells Bridget Fonda "not one more word," and she says one more word, and bang. "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time" sings the chorus. Ten studly dudes and even deadlier dames sings all the songs and play all the scenes — as Jackie Brown and Mr Pink and Django Unchained. Not to forget Marcellus getting "medieval on your ass."
(One footnote: Bruce Willis played the prizefighter who angers and then rescues Marcellus from that basement dungeon of "Pulp Fiction," and one of the players in this show is daughter Rumer Willis.)
They're all terrific, as actors, as singers, and inexhaustible as the drummer relentlessly rocking. "Tarantino In Concert" is choreographed all around the intimate Cinquieme Salle of Place des Arts and playing six nights at the Montreal Jazz Festival. With lots of gunshots. -- Michael Bourne
* All photos by Marie Claire Denis
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September 5, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Montreal lives, breathes, and loves jazz every July, when millions of fans and hundreds of acts take over the city - and so does WBGO, especially Singers Unlimited and Blues Hour host Michael Bourne, who has attended the Festival International du Jazz de Montreal on our behalf every year for the past two decades.
Bourne was in Montreal once again this year, along with Simon Rentner and David Tallacksen, to deliver previews, day-by-day reports and more than two dozen behind-the-scenes interviews with the festival's music makers and organizers.
Miss something? You can relive WBGO's best moments in Montreal right here, and read some "bonus entries" to Bourne's Journal. And just as we did this year, WBGO Travel will take us to Montreal next year, and we hope fans and listeners will join us then as well. So enjoy the very best of FIJM 2013 - and FIJM 2014 - with WBGO!
WBGO's FIJM 2013 Interviews
Bourne's Montreal Journal
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July 11, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.
Montreal is the City of Festivals -- 108 through the year.
Festival International de JAZZ de Montreal is the biggest and best-known, although the Juste Pour Rire comedy festival is getting bigger and better-known.
While the jazzfest was happening, also happening was a circus festival. I'd like to have seen a troupe called Gandini Juggling, nine Brits juggling 80 apples in a show characterized as "Downton Abbey Meets Monty Python."
Meanwhile, an international fireworks festival happens every summer. Also a world choir festival in suburban Laval. Also a festival of First Natives, celebrating the Algonquin and other peoples here long before the British fought the French and Indian War. Not to forget the African Nights festival and the Francofolies, celebrating French culture in very French Quebec.
None of the other festivals contributes as much to the Quebec economy as FIJM does -- $64 million annually -- or generates as much media interest as FIJM does. Altogether this year the festival accredited 400 journalists and broadcasters representing 135 media outlets from 16 countries.
This year was our ninth broadcasting from Montreal.
Next year will be the 35th anniversary of WBGO and the 35th anniversary of FIJM. We will celebrate together wonderfully.
To paraphrase the iconic song of Robert Charlebois:
nous reviendrons a Montreal ...
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