Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival Picks. Part One

The biggest in the world.

The Montreal International Jazz Festival is looming around the corner. From June 28th until July 7th, musical tastes for all will invade our city for ten days of rhythms from all corners of the globe.

The Indoor portion of ‘ the show ‘ was announced this past week and as usual , patrons are pumped to preen and prance in and around La Place des Festivals.

All acts are worthy of your attention yet here are my choices to feed your delight.

June 28

Cécile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio
Opening act: Christian Sands

Cecile McLorin Salvant is a rare gift. Powerful vocals with a heart of music. The best gift to Jazz in many years.

June 29th

Ry Cooder
Opening act: Joachim Cooder

Ry Cooder is one of the ten best guitarists on the planet and is legendary. Lays claim that Keith Richards of the Stones ‘ borrowed’ his Open G tuning from him. Richards denies it and the two haven’t spoken for years.

July 9th

Beth Hart

If you want to know how to sing R&B, Soul and Blues to make hairs stand on end – Hart is your gal.

June 30th

Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis
Soulphony, Memphis Yes I’m Ready…

Opening act: Davina and The Vagabonds

Time to go to school if your are thirty years old or younger. The almost complete catalogue of essential R&B for the serious musical student

July 1st

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Opening act: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Before Jazz, Blues and Country music there was Bluegrass or Folk music. The roots of music is on display by the finest Banjo player in the past twenty years.

July 1st

George Thorogood and the Destroyers,
Rock Party Tour 2018

If you have never experienced Lonesome George live – you must now go to the corner and face the wall until I tell you to come out. Rock n Roll the way it was meant to be played.

July 2nd

Herbie Hancock | Thundercat

Aside from Stevie Wonder, a musical genius is among us. Act accordingly.

Stay tuned for more of my picks!

Visit the Jazz Festival Here !

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