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  • Chris Washburne & Piers Playfair: Listen Now

    August 6, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Trombonist Chris Washburne and Catskill Jazz Factory founder Piers Playfair talk with Michael Bourne about the "Joy Of Jazz" festival in Tannersville, NY Aug. 6 to 8, which features performances by pianist Marcus Roberts, the festival's artist in residence, Washburne, and others. Enjoy!

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  • Bassist Buster Williams: Listen Now

    August 4, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Bassist Buster Williams talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about his career and  "Something More" quartet, which performs at the Newark Museum on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 12:15 p.m. with Bruce Williams on alto saxophone, Eric Reed on piano and Billy Drummond on drums. Enjoy!

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  • Bourne's Montreal: Prizes Galore

    July 31, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    I’m a judge for the festival's annual week-long competition of jazz groups from across Canada.  They compete on outdoor stages for the TD Bank Grand Prix: money and three festival gigs.

    Photo by Marie-Claire Denis
    Photo by Marie-Claire Denis

    I have a ritual with my long-time frere de jugement, Martin Roussel, director of the jazzfest at Rimouski (334.9 miles along the St. Lawrence seaway north-east from Montreal).

    When we hear, sometimes more than half-way through the contest, a group good enough to win, we show an index finger:  "That's One!"

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    Whoever plays thereafter will have to be better, and this year the TD "One" was a swingingly interplaying piano-bass-drums trio from Ontario, The Pram Trio.

    Photo by Marie-Claire Denis
    Photo by Marie-Claire Denis

    There's also a special prize for the best composition, granted by the satellite television service Galaxie.

    This year, we voted the Galaxie prix to Montreal bassist Rick Rosato, composer of a tune without a title - only called “New Untitled”…

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