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  • Lee Konitz... unplugged

    July 4, 2009. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    One of the joys of listening to all the performances here at the Montreal Jazz Festival is the consistently great sound. Whether you're enjoying an intimate performance at l'Astral or partying with thousands of other revelers in the club-like Metropolis, the sound has been clean and accurate and non-fatiguing. Still, it was interesting to walk into the Salle de Gesu and see no microphones on stage, just a bare piano, bass and drums. Lee Konitz and his quartet were playing totally acoustic. Lee walked out and thanked the audience for being there, jokingly saying, "It's good to be here... it's good to be anywhere." He put a sock in the bell of his horn and the set began with a soft sound that was always a refreshing. See more photos of the performance here.

  • Evening Slideshow on the Maison du Festival

    July 4, 2009. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    The Maison du Festival is the new home of the Montreal Jazz Festival, with a brand new performance club, media room, broadcast space and more. It eventually will also have a floor dedicated to the archives of the Festival. Every night during the Montreal Jazz Festival a slideshow of great artists displays on the side of the new headquarters. View it below.

  • FIJM Programmer Johanne Bougie's favorite shows

    July 3, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Friends Johanne Bougie & Michael Bourne - photo by BP

    As the Programming Coordinator for the FIJM since 2000, Johanne starts with the visions of the Artistic Director and others and contributes her own deep, detailed knowledge of musicians worldwide, then -- over many months -- works her magic to create more than 120 ticketed events, filling almost a dozen halls from the smallest to Symphony Hall for twelve days running. Until this year, Johanne tracked her progress with colored post-its affixed in boxes on a grid on her office wall, but this year she advanced to a spreadsheet on a screen. Technology has not damped her fabulous personal style. She books artists from around the planet into spaces that are ideal for them, on the days when they can come, with a minimum of bunch-ups and conflicts and a maximum of creativity. Johanne says it's like shopping -- start with a vision, find out what's available, fall in love with it and then put the pieces together into an outfit. Bravo, Johanne!

    She remembers some FIJM favorites in this clip.