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.
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.
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.
If you want to know how to sing R&B, Soul and Blues to make hairs stand on end – Hart is your gal.
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
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.
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.
Herbie Hancock | Thundercat
Aside from Stevie Wonder, a musical genius is among us. Act accordingly.
Stay tuned for more of my picks!