• Montreal: The Look

    July 3, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Yves Archambault

    Meet Yves Archambault, creator of the 2008 Jazz Festival artwork. One man does it all, and he has for 20 consecutive seasons. First he creates the design, then reshapes and sizes it for the poster and the program book, t-shirts, water bottle (I bought one, very cute), etc. From the long-running cat and the fiddle logo to this year's mosaic-like explosion of color -- especially blue -- the look is evolving along with the music. Yves is already thinking about next year's 30th anniversary design. Click here for interview. Hugo Leclerc translates. - Becca Pulliam

  • FIJM Interview: Christian Scott

    July 3, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    McCoy Tyner and Christian Scott

    This photo was taken by Rob Hayes from the Berklee College of Music. It's from today's rehearsal of the McCoy Tyner Big Band (aka Berklee College Jazz Orchestra) with guest soloist Christian Scott. Scott is performing with Tyner tonight, and with his own band tomorrow evening at the Salle de Gesu. It's been ten years since Michael Bourne saw a 14 year old Christian Scott performing with his uncle Donald Harrison at the New Showcase Lounge in New Orleans. What a difference a decade makes.

    Listen to the interview with Christian Scott.

  • FIJM: An interview with Oliver Jones

    July 3, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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     Oliver Jones

    It's probably safe to say Oliver Jones looked forward to the retired life - after years of touring, playing and teaching, anyone would be. So he did. But the pianist couldn't get away, and here he is, back playing better than ever... and with stories of playing with Oscar Peterson and all the great Canadian jazz artists. Michael Bourne spoke with him yesterday. Listen to the interview.

  • Bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons

    July 3, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons

    Notice anything unusual about this bass?

    Take another look at the fretboard. You'll see five strings on the Jean Auray bass, a French-made instrument. But that's not the only difference. This bass is played by Renaud Garcia-Fons, who plays the instrument and makes it sound like a cello, a drum, a Brazilian berimbau, even a flamenco guitar. His pizzicato, or plucking style, sounds most like flamenco. Renaud uses the tips of his fingers, rather than the sides (like most jazz players). He has a flawless bowing technique, no doubt developed under the tutelage of the master of the contrebasse, Francois Rabbath. Garcia-Fons can execute a sequence on the double bass that would send most musicians back to the woodshed. He looks like he's doing these pyrotechnics with little effort.

    But enough about technique. What makes Renaud Garcia-Fons so interesting is that he plays some amazing music. In Montreal, he performed with a trio (guitar, percussion) at the Salle de Gesu.

    Click here to listen to Renaud Garcia-Fons at the Montreal Jazz Festival 2008.

  • Broadcasting FIJM

    July 3, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Michael Bourne and David Tallacksen at FIJM 2008

    Host Michael Bourne and Technical Director David Tallacksen.