June 26, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Montreal lives, breathes, and loves jazz every summer, when millions of fans and hundreds of acts take over the city. So does WBGO, especially host Michael Bourne, who attends FIJM every year, as he has for two decades, and producer Simon Rentner, who covers the ins and outs of Montreal for The Checkout.
Bourne and Rentner are back on the scene in Montreal this year. Check out the WBGO blog every day through July 5, and tune in to WBGO FM, to hear and read their day-by-day reports and behind-the-scenes coverage.
Can't wait? WBGO's Tim Wilkins has profiled five top Canadian acts at this year's festival for NPRMusic, with streaming tracks. And WBGO's HD2 channel, The Jazz Bee, is streaming music by this year's artists throughout the festival.
Miss something? Check out our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2014 Montreal jazz fest - or our coverage of 2013 - with hundreds of photos and interviews you can't see or hear anywhere else, or... you get the picture.
We hope you enjoy the very best of Montreal year after year - with WBGO!
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June 5, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Pianist Paul Shaffer, former leader of the Late Night With David Letterman band, talks with Rhonda Hamilton about a celebration of trumpeter Lew Soloff he hosted at the Manhattan School of Music on June 8. Soloff passed away March 8, 2015.
WBGO's Ang Santos attended the concert, and spoke with Shaffer as well as the event's producer, Noah Evans, and others who performed at the event to celebrate Soloff's legacy.
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May 20, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Singer Dianne Reeves will receive an honorary doctorate from the Juilliard School of Music at its 110th graduation at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall on Friday, May 22.
"Dianne Reeves is one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world," Juilliard said in its announcement, citing her "breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings."
Juilliard has taught jazz since 2001, in addition to theater, classical music and dance.
A longtime friend of WBGO, Dianne has won five Grammy Awards, including for her most recent album, Beautiful Life, which was featured by WBGO's RADAR. She has also performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras worldwide.
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