WBGO Blog
  • Bourne's Montreal: Quartier des Spectacles Street Scene

    July 4, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    I bumped into a hippopotamus.

    Actually, the hippo, about seven feet tall, walking on hind legs, bumped into me.

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    Photo by Ulisse Lemerise B.

    Actually, there were two hippos walking by, one tall, one short, on the festival street.

    And two gigantic flamingos, pinkish and/or orange.

    And stilt walkers, dressed in shiny purple or turquoise fabric feathers.

    Photo by Ulisse Lemerise B.
    Photo by Ulisse Lemerise B.

    And a Balkan band was whipping up -- I'm not certain what the rhythm was. Not the usual 4/4 of jazz. More like 7 or 9 or maybe 13/4. I lost count where one was. Not that anyone was counting.

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    Photo by Victor Diaz-Lamich

    Everyone was having fun dancing. Including the hippos.

    Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich
    Photo by Victor Diaz Lamich
  • Bourne In Montreal With Steve Kuhn & Steve Swallow

    July 3, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Pianist Steve Kuhn and bassist Steve Swallow talk with WBGO's Michael Bourne about their trio album on ECM, Wisteria, with drummer Joey Barion, and the trio's performances at the Festival International du Jazz de Montreal. Enjoy!

    Photo by Ulisse Lemerise B
    Photo by Ulisse Lemerise B
  • Caravan Palace With Simon Rentner In Montreal

    July 3, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Parisian ensemble Caravan Palace talk with WBGO's Simon Rentner about their CD Panic, performances at the Festival International du Jazz de Montreal, and amalgamations of swing and electronic music. Enjoy!

    Photo by Florent Drillon
    Photo by Florent Drillon