• Oliver Jones, Montreal pianist, opens the new jazz club l'Astral

    July 1, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    A vital player on the Montreal scene for most of his nearly 75 years, Jones stands in the window of the new (under construction as we broadcast from it) Maison du Jazz, headquarters of the Festival. Behind him you see a hole in the ground where the long-lived, well-worn, and even much-missed, Spectrum club used to be. The lovely old stone building with the peaked roof encloses the Salle de Gesu, in which small group concerts take place every night at the FIJM.


    Jones knew the Montreal jazz scene before the Festival. Its city's greatest artist was one of his childhood neighbors. In fact, Oliver took piano lessons at Oscar Peterson's house from sister Daisy. Hear Oliver's memories of the Peterson family.

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  • Maria Schneider at FIJM

    July 1, 2009. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider has been to the Montreal Jazz Festival many times, but never as a bandleader. That changed this year - Maria and her band performed last night to a full house. Michael Bourne caught up with her before the performance, listen below:

    Check out photos of the performance on our flickr page.

  • FIJM/30: Enrico Rava Interview

    July 1, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    rava-wbgoEnrico Rava played an amazing duet performance at the Salle de Gesu in Montreal last night.  I spoke with Enrico prior to the show, and we talked about the duet recording with pianist Stefano Bollani, The Third Man. Hear about Rava's love for opera and Jacques Tati films in this interview.