August 28, 2014. 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 host Michael Bourne, who has attended FIJM every year for two decades.
Bourne was in Montreal once again this year with producer Simon Rentner to deliver previews, day-by-day reports and behind-the-scenes interviews with music makers.
Miss something? You can relive Montreal's best moments right here, by clicking on the links below. 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 2014 - and FIJM 2015 - with WBGO!
Bourne's Montreal Journal
FIJM 2014 Interviews For WBGO's The Checkout
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August 27, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.
WBGO and the Gateway Center invite you to its FREE concert series occurring once a month during lunch time. Come celebrate summer and WBGO's 35th Anniversary with jazz vocalist Antoinette Montague on Wednesday, September 3 at 2 Gateway Center Plaza, Newark, NJ at 12pm.
Born and raised in Newark, Antoinette Montague has a love of humanity and music to bring joy to people. She has played most of the major jazz clubs in New York, and has performed abroad including Israel with the 46-piece Ashdod Orchestra and with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia.Montague has a smooth sound with a soulful edge. She never gets tied up with vocal excesses, emphatic when she needs to be, and tender at the appropriate moments.
WBGO is excited to present one of Newark's finest talents and welcome all to this wonderful event. Connect with your jazz source for a festive afternoon.
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August 8, 2014. Posted by Michael Bourne.
"What's this group like?" asked one of the folks on the WBGO trip to the festival.
"I don't know," I answered. "I always want to hear up here music I've never heard before."
I've often written that the Montreal jazz festival virtually re-defines jazz. I hear every year musicians incorporate new forms and styles of music into jazz.
I wrote an essay in Montreal a few years ago about an electronic group called Plaster that generated riffs with samples and various whizbangs yet reminded me of the Basie band in the 30's swinging riffs.
Hip-Hop. House. World Beat. Beat Box. And especially electronics have expanded the palette of jazz melodically, harmonically, and certainly rhythmically.
With his group Shadow Theater, Tigran played synthesizers (or whatever little boxes with wires and knobs are called nowadays) to create looping melodies and rhythms, sometimes only an ambience, to play within.
White Horse, the husband and wife team of Luke Doucet and Melissa McLelland, created tapestries of sound criss-crossing technological devices with traditional instruments.
Doucet played guitar and miscellaneous percussion, including hammering on a floor drum sonic booms that echoed this way and that.
McLelland, hugely pregnant in a green cocktail dress, played a Fender bass. Together they "built" songs like a Dublin tapster "building" a pint of Guinness.
BadBadNotGood played the late show at Club Soda — where every night something different was happening.
These kids from Toronto play what someone called "post-rock" -- but the interplay sounded rather like be-bop. Rocking. Bopping. Lively. And fresh. They became instant sensations on the web about a minute ago, and already they've been working with hip-hop stars.
"They're just kids," I said to Laurent Saulnier, the festival's VP of the Edge. "Nerds."
"No," he said, laughing like only he can. "Geeks!"
Geeks that, notwithstanding electronically, swing …
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