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  • Gracias

    June 30, 2008. Posted by Amy Niles.

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     Gracias

    “Gracias”, Omara Portoundo sang that as her opening song last night ( and a hint at the title of her new album due out in September). At 78, she has power, punch and style and the audience screaming “Long live Cuban Music” couldn’t have appreciated her more. Her words rang true to me as well- Gracias great city of Montreal- in any language. I heard performers in French and English and Hebrew and Spanish, and Italian and of course those who spoke no words at all but sang nonetheless. I wont pretend that I loved it all- the band that played for the Leo Ferre tribute blew my mind, but I still couldn’t get past the Ferre influence  (gee, what was I expecting???). Yael Naim’s opening act was a bit to self aware for my tastes- he reminded me of a Jim Carrey with electronic sound equipment. But when you are at FIJM, you take it all in.

    I am back in the US.

    So, Gracias Montreal. I will see you next year. It will be both the 30th anniversary of WBGO and of FIJM. Come celebrate with us!

  • The Brad Mehldau Trio at Montreal Jazz Fest on Saturday Night

    June 30, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    The Brad Mehldau Trio on Saturday night .. here are two minutes from the two hours .. they come from the opening song -- "Work" by Monk. - Becca Pulliam

    Click here to listen

  • Parade de la Louisiane

    June 30, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Daily at 5:30, the Parade de la Louisiane with Le Swing Tonique Jazz Band and Swing Connexion snakes through the crowd on the Place des Arts at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Children go crazy! Adults too.

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