• At the Montreal Jazz Festival, waiting for the evening to begin

    July 1, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    The crew at the Gesu has a picnic before the sound check .. these are the people who do the great sound & lights .. I'm looking forward to Don Byron there at 6:00, followed by Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey at the club L'Astral, Richard Galliano & Gonzalo Rubalcaba in concert, and finally Trio Pilc Moutin Hoenig back at the Gesu

    Gesu Crew

  • Dispatches from Montreal: Tony Bennett and More

    July 1, 2011. Posted by Michael Downes.

    Michael Bourne has spent his week in Montreal interviewing countless musicians at the world's largest jazz festival. Here are some highlights:

    Bourne Bennett

    Tony Bennett --

    Anouar Brahem --

    Marrianne Trudel --

    Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey--

    Lorraine Desmarais --

  • Montreal: Regina Carter .. have violin, will travel

    July 1, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Often a performer's first stop is the Jazz Festival press room, where they sign THE POSTER.

    Regina Carter's next stop, before her sound check, was at WBGO-in-Montreal. I asked her about the traveling. Regina carries the violin on her back, and Alvester Garnett - her husband and band mate - straps a cymbal case to his. They came up from Newark on a flight with WBGO's Thurston Briscoe.

    Here she plays "Artistiya" from the album Reverse Thread. Regina's dance/momentum is building at the fadeout.

    On Reverse Thread, Carter musically traces the sound of jazz to African folk tunes through the strings of her violin, the percussion, the kora or -- here in Montreal -- the Colombian harp, bass, and the natural-breathing music of the accordion. She talks about the kora --> harp substitution in this clip.

    -- Becca Pulliam