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  • Montreal Jazz Festival: Day 2 Interviews

    July 3, 2012. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    Pianists Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap stopped by to discuss what it's like for the husband-and-wife team to play duos together.

    Renne Rosnes and Bill Charlap

    Hugo and Zoe of Paris-based French Electro swing and Gypsy Jazz band Caravan Palace explained how they no longer have to hire dancers because they've learned the moves themselves.

    Carnival Palace

    Our own Simon Rentner spoke with the UK-based jazz rock quartet Get the Blessing.

    Jim Barr, Get the Blessing

    Belgian pianist Jeff Neve composed the score to the movie "The Artist," but here in Montreal he's playing with his trio.

    Jeff Neve

    Organist and Miles Davis-alum Joey DeFrancesco happend by our broadcast booth so we pulled him in to talk all things Miles.

    Joey DeFrancesco

    Playing with Joey in a Miles Davis tribute concert is another Miles alum, guitarist Larry Coryell.

    Larry Coryell

    Despite a two hour flight delay, All-Star Bassist Ron Carter came straight to our broadcast booth to talk about teaching the next generation of bassists.

    Ron Carter

    Perennial favorite street band Streetnix again is featured in the street scene of Montreal, and Jennifer Bell stopped by to chat with Michael Bourne.

    Streetnix

    BONUS: Click here for some photos of their street perfomance. And here is audio from the performance:

    Blueberry Hill

    It's All Over Now

    Let the Good Times Roll

    And pianist Taurey Butler - born and raised in East Orange, NJ but now making his home in Montreal - is a rising star that we expect to see more of in the future.

    Taurey Butler

  • Montreal Jazz Festival 2012 in Photos: Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap

    July 3, 2012. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap

  • Celebrating Michael Bourne's 20 Years at FIJM

    July 3, 2012. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    UPDATE: Read the official press release here.

    This year marks Michael Bourne's 20th year at FIJM - Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. To mark the occasion, the Festival awarded "Uncle Michael" a LifePass - unlimited, lifetime access to the Montreal Jazz Festival. In the Festival's history, only five LifePasses have been awarded. In a ceremony Saturday June 30, the Festival also named the press room during the Jazz Festival for Michael!

    Michael Bourne celebrates 20 years at Montreal