• Montreal Jazz Festival publicists on things to come

    July 4, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    The hub of the Festival for journalists is the press room in the Hyatt Hotel. Uploading, downloading, getting a cup of coffee, running into old friends, it all happens under the watchful eyes of the press liaisons, including Carola Duran - in her first year - and her colleague, the young veteran Hugo Leclerc.Next year, the press room will move to a dream-come-true building, La Maison du Jazz (House of Jazz). Right now, the empty construction site is behind a tall wooden fence, a wall running along Rue Jeanne-Mance. Artist Armand Vaillancourt started a mural on that wall, and during the Festival, paint and brushes were available in the evenings for anyone's personal expression. Here's a small sample of the creativity.

    Montreal Jazz Fest Mural
    To hear Carola and Hugh talk about the mural and changes to come for the 30th anniversary Jazz Festival - downtown improvements like the creation of the the Showtime District and Quartier de Spectacle (neighborhood of spectacle) - just click here. - Becca Pulliam

  • Montreal: The Look

    July 3, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Yves Archambault

    Meet Yves Archambault, creator of the 2008 Jazz Festival artwork. One man does it all, and he has for 20 consecutive seasons. First he creates the design, then reshapes and sizes it for the poster and the program book, t-shirts, water bottle (I bought one, very cute), etc. From the long-running cat and the fiddle logo to this year's mosaic-like explosion of color -- especially blue -- the look is evolving along with the music. Yves is already thinking about next year's 30th anniversary design. Click here for interview. Hugo Leclerc translates. - Becca Pulliam

  • FIJM Interview: Christian Scott

    July 3, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    McCoy Tyner and Christian Scott

    This photo was taken by Rob Hayes from the Berklee College of Music. It's from today's rehearsal of the McCoy Tyner Big Band (aka Berklee College Jazz Orchestra) with guest soloist Christian Scott. Scott is performing with Tyner tonight, and with his own band tomorrow evening at the Salle de Gesu. It's been ten years since Michael Bourne saw a 14 year old Christian Scott performing with his uncle Donald Harrison at the New Showcase Lounge in New Orleans. What a difference a decade makes.

    Listen to the interview with Christian Scott.