• A Baseball Fan Finds Nirvana

    July 11, 2008. Posted by .

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    DHL FanFest
    Sadly, I will not be attending next week's All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. But I did get to experience the DHL All-Star FanFest the day before it opened, and it was sweet. I mean let' be serious - with exhibits including Hall of Fame artifacts, batting cages (some being virtual), and the world's largest baseball, what more could a baseball fan ask for? How about being an arm's length away from the World Series Trophy?
    World Series Trophy
    Yes, and to be honest, it's a lot smaller than what George Costanza dragged in the parking lot. If you are a baseball fan, visit the Jacob Javits Center before Tuesday. You can thank me afterward.
    -Chris Federici

  • FIJM: Au revoir!

    July 7, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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     au revoir

    FIJM 2008 is now finished. As crowds made their way home, large videos of honoree Oscar Peterson were displayed on the side of nearby buildings. 'Au revoir' is used to express farewell, but literally translates to 'till [we] see [you] again'. Next year is both the Festival's 30th anniversary, and WBGO's. We're already looking forward to it!

  • FIJM: A packed house to close the festivities

    July 7, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    Mory Kante, the Guinean griot and master of the kora just wrapped up his set. It was the closer of the Festival, and appropriate - mixing influences and sounds from all over the world, sounds which you could hear in the preceding 11 days of FIJM. It was as good an audience as I've seen, packing the streets around Place des Arts. There's no good way to capture in one picture the feel of the night or the massiveness of the crowd, but here's one attempt, from high above the Hyatt - the stage on the bottom left of the frame, the lights of the Plaza upper-left, and the crowd filling every available nook and cranny:

    mory kante at FIJM

  • FIJM Interview: Billy Bang

    July 5, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Billy Bang Vietnam Reflections

    Billy Bang is here in Montreal. He's part of the 25th Anniversary concert for Justin Time Records. Bang has released two recordings related to his experience in Vietnam - both the pain and the healing. Bang spoke with Michael Bourne about reconciliation, from the perspective of an artist and a former warrior. There are some memorable moments in this conversation, including this great line: "We live the music that we perform, and we perform the music we live. There's no separation."
    Listen to the interview.

  • FIJM Interview: Stewart D'Arietta

    July 5, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.


    Stewart D'Arietta has been performing the music of Tom Waits during the entire Montreal Jazz Festival. He sat down with Michael Bourne to talk about the music and the show, Belly of a Drunken Piano. Listen to the interview.