• Bourne's Montreal Jazz Festival Special

    July 20, 2009. Posted by Michael Bourne.

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    Photo by David Tallacksen
    Photo by David Tallacksen

    Some of my favorite artists every year at the Montreal Jazz Festival are the players and singers of the Montreal scene who rarely get to play below the 49th Parallel. I brought back new albums by some of Montreal's best.

    Playlist includes:
    Oliver Jones Trio - D for Doxas
    Susie Arioli - Can't We Be Friends
    Terez Montcalm - My Baby Just Cares for Me
    Streetnix - Powerhouse
    Amanda Tossoff - New
    Lorraine Desmarais - Big Band Romanza
    Lorraine Desmarais - Mont Royal Romance
    Oliver Jones - St Henri

  • Fifty years of Time Out

    July 5, 2009. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    This year Dave Brubeck celebrates 50 years of his landmark album "Time Out." The octogenarian has played 10 times at the Montreal Jazz Festival, including his performance to a packed, enthusiastic house last night. Michael Bourne spoke with with Dave about the album that changed the momentem of jazz forever. Listen below:

  • The Other Side of Montreal

    July 5, 2009. Posted by Amy Niles.

    No, its not what you are thinking....

    Spend a little time away from the stages here at Jazz Fest, hang out in the press room at the festival and what do musicians talk about? Why, the wonderful food in Montreal of course. Read more

  • Montreal debriefing

    July 4, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    FIJM changes my reality. It's like entering a dream, a very active dream. I'm home now (though WBGO stays on through tomorrow), but I will remember . . .

    . . . construction dust turning to star dust as Montreal pianist Oliver Jones opened the club l'Astral. When Ranee Lee sang "Stormy Weather," I heard the room begin to find its sound and soul.

    . . . the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Spanish pianist Chano Dominguez with his flamenco group including the dancer Tomasito -- lean and loose and he did a little moonwalk. Read more

  • Lee Konitz... unplugged

    July 4, 2009. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    One of the joys of listening to all the performances here at the Montreal Jazz Festival is the consistently great sound. Whether you're enjoying an intimate performance at l'Astral or partying with thousands of other revelers in the club-like Metropolis, the sound has been clean and accurate and non-fatiguing. Still, it was interesting to walk into the Salle de Gesu and see no microphones on stage, just a bare piano, bass and drums. Lee Konitz and his quartet were playing totally acoustic. Lee walked out and thanked the audience for being there, jokingly saying, "It's good to be here... it's good to be anywhere." He put a sock in the bell of his horn and the set began with a soft sound that was always a refreshing. See more photos of the performance here.