• Cooking up a blues stew: Susan Tedeschi

    July 2, 2009. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    Guitarist and singer Susan Tedeschi's first public performance was in a Broadway musical. Since, she's turned towards blues and soul, using her powerful voice to open for the likes of John Mellencamp and Buddy Guy. She's also married to guitarist Derek Trucks of The Allman Brothers Band. When they play together, they go by the band name 'Soul Stew Revival." Susan talked to Michael Bourne this afternoon, listen to the interview:

    Susan plays tonight with Buddy Guy. We'll have coverage of that tomorrow, stay tuned!

  • Erik Truffaz: Sound Sculptor

    July 2, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Trumpeter Eriz Truffaz is largely unknown to the American audience, but he has quite a following in Montreal.  Last night, he played the Salle de Gesu with a pianist, tabla player, and Carnatic singers from India.  They played music from Benares, one of his three new CDs.
    Hear some of the show:

    I spoke with Erik Truffaz about his Rendezvous collaborations - Benares, Mexico, and Paris.  Pretty fascinating stuff.

  • Luciana Souza's Samba School

    July 2, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Luciana Souza's career has skyrocketed in the last few years.  Her repertoire now includes great popular songs, and that's largely contributed to her wider exposure.  Her roots, however, are still firmly planted in the samba tradition.  Her parents were both great songwriters in Brazil, and Luciana clearly absorbed it all.  Last night at Club Soda in Montreal, Luciana and guitarist Romero Lubambo played duets to a rapt audience.
    Hear them tackle "So Danco Samba," one of the classic Antonio Carlos Jobim songs.

    Most people know that Luciana is a gifted singer, but when she picks up a tambourine, it's apparent that she's a complete musician.  On this samba, you can hear her play some authentic samba rhythms, and she does it effortlessly.