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  • Bourne's Montreal: FIJM By The Numbers

    July 15, 2014. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    “So what music are you most looking forward to hearing?” someone wondered when I first walked into the press room of the Maison du Festival.

    “I don’t know,” I said, truly. “Whoever is playing...”

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    Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich

    I come to the Montreal Jazz Festival every year -- but not so much for the jazz. I come for the festival, and for all the wonderful people who make the festival happen. The programmers. The press corps. They’re truly for me... loved ones.

    And the music IS always good, and even great – a bon festival indeed.

    Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich
    Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich

    FIJM, le Festival International de JAZZ de Montreal, is the biggest (sez Guinness) and the best (sez me) jazz festival in the world. Here's FIJM 2014 by the numbers:

    35 jazzfests for Montreal, 22 jazzfests for moi… 12 days of music, more than 800 concerts, enjoyed by 2 million festgoers on 11 free outdoor stages, 14 ticketed indoor stages, and a boat…

    400 accredited media, including me and producer Simon Rentner from WBGO, from 20 countries, including 5 live radio broadcasters - three from France, and KJazz and XM/Sirius from the U.S..

    Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich
    Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich

    All the music happens within walking distance in and around Montreal's Place des Arts.   And, for me, this year better than ever, I actually enjoyed walking all the distance.

    Montreal literally translates "Royal Mountain" -- and for someone knee-challenged like me, Montreal is agonizingly-hilled.  Just the hill only a block UP from the Hyatt hotel to the Maison du Festival is gruntful.

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    Which is why I got in better shape for this year's FIJM.  No carbs or sugar for 40 days, my own personal Jazz Lent.  I lost about 25 pounds, and, as if training for a Jazz Olympics, I walked aplenty.

    Photo by Simon Rentner
    Photo by Simon Rentner

    Plus, all the walking up (and down) worked off all the carbs and sugar I enjoyed so much during the jazzfest.

    Especially all the pizzas at one or the other Pizzedelic, always with a Quebecois biere rousse.

    Photo by Simon Rentner
    Photo by Simon Rentner
  • Bill Frisell's "Space-Age Guitar": Listen Now

    June 5, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Guitarist Bill Frisell joins Josh Jackson to talk about guitar memories from the 1950s. Frisell hosts "The Electric Guitar In America" at New York's Jazz At Lincoln Center June 6 and 7 with Greg Liesz on electric and pedal steel guitars, Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums.

    Frisell visited WBGO June 4 to talk about the childhood musical inspirations he celebrates in the concerts and on his upcoming album "GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE!"

    Click to hear Frisell and his band perform The Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl," one of the tracks on the CD, which is slated for release by Sony/OKeh October 7.

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    A full version of Frisell's conversation with Jackson will air on WBGO's weekly new music magazine, The Checkout, in October.  Frisell's 2012 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival was also featured on The Checkout.

    Click on the image below to watch a video trailer for the album by Paul Moore and Paul Hicks, which features the band as they perform "Baja":

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  • Thanks for supporting our Spring Membership Campaign

    May 18, 2014. Posted by Kien Lac.

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    Volunteers

    Thank You!

    We are proud of the WBGO volunteers, a fantastic group of dedicated Jazz 88.3 FM supporters. Thanks for donating your time during the Spring Membership Campaign.

    We also give thanks and recognition to the following restaurants, caterers and bakers in the New Jersey/New York metro area for supporting our campaign by providing delicious food for the volunteers and staff.

    WBGO could not do this campaign without all of our supporters. We welcome you to join us. If you are interested in becoming a WBGO volunteer or donating food during our next campaign drive, please contact Sylvia Brewer at sbrewer@wbgo.org or at 973-624-8880 ext. 235.

    • 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro (Westfield, NJ)
    • Barry’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies (Brooklyn, NY)
    • Best Western Robert Treat (Newark, NJ)
    • Bragman’s Delicatessen & Restaurant (Newark, NJ)
    • Chateau of Spain (Newark, NJ)
    • Casa di Pizza (Westfield, NJ)
    • Ciao Pizza (Union, NJ)
    • Five Guys Burgers & Fries (Springfield, NJ)
    • Gem Tullock
    • Hero King Sandwich Shop (Newark, NJ)
    • Hobby’s Restaurant & Delicatessen (Newark, NJ)
    • Luscious Little Dessert Company (New Rochelle, NY)
    • Maadiah Café ( Montclair, NJ)
    • Maize Restaurant (Newark, NJ)
    • MSS Vending, Inc. (East Orange, NJ)
    • Sandy Sasso
    • Shanghai Jazz Restaurant & Bar (Madison, NJ)
    • Spanish Pavillion (Harrison, NJ)
    • Supreme Bakery (West Orange, NJ)
    • SuzyQue's BBQ & Bar (West Orange, NJ)
    • The Black Cow Coffee Company ( Croton-on-Hudson; Pleasantville, NY)
    • The Wood Pit Barbecue (Montclair, NJ)
    • Tinga Taqueria (Montclair, NJ)
    • Two Boots Pizza (Jersey City, NJ)