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  • David Sanchez Quartet - Saturday night in Montreal

    June 27, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Saxophonist David Sanchez led his group at the Theatre Jean Duceppe. He said he was happy to be with us, the band had had a rough airport day, it had not been fun. (They left Montreal right away on Sunday morning. We journalistes get to stay for several nights; the musicians don't.) But thanks to their persistence, this concert was even more than met the eye. Read more

  • Becca's Travel Tips for Montreal

    June 27, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Four WBGO listeners from NY are Harriet & Arnold Gussin, Shiela & Mordecai Braunstein

    Look! We already met some listeners. They're going to the Sonny Rollins concert tonight.

    Here are my tips to all. Bring your umbrella. At night you might need a jacket.

    If you want healthy foods on the run, I like La Boulangerie de Montreal/Montreal Bakeries Co a/k/a MBCo in the Complexe Desjardins near the Food Court. (BTW, this entire Food Court is not as franchise-crazy as most, and this year bears a new sign that says "free wifi.")

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  • Lorraine Desmarais solo piano at La Chappelle

    June 27, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    by Germain Bouleau, thanks to FIJM
    by Germain Bouleau, thanks to FIJM

    LORRAINE DESMARAIS is a pianiste montrealise who performs across and outside Canada. In 1984 she won the Montreal Jazz Festival's Yamaha Award and in 2002, the Oscar Peterson Prize. I saw her at the 2004 Fest in a two-piano concert with Chick Corea, one of her idols.

    Last night she performed solo at La Chappelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, a chapel in an old Montreal greystone on Sherbrooke and St. Denis. With a two-story black velvet curtain behind the Fazioli, and a crystal chandelier hanging low above it, this setting is theatrical.

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