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

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.


July 7

Ian Anderson presents: Jethro Tull

50th Anniversary Tour

Every once in a while, something comes along that requires celebrating. The Tull tunes – one of them.


July 2

Chris Botti

A Jazz trumpeter whose is slowly becoming a legend. Louis Armstrong would be proud. It is a  ‘wonderful world’ after all.



June 28

Snarky Puppy

Opening act:Tunnel

If you have never witnessed Snarky Puppy live, understanding creative and improvised brilliant musicianship is out of your grasp. Their recent Grammy award for Best Contemporary Instrumental album is proof.


July 6

Jack Broadbent

Opening act:

Tavis E. Triance

There are so many pretenders thinking they know the art of the Blues. Riff following the same old riff. Broadbent’s originals and covers are filled with the pain of suffering. Just like the forefathers of The Blues.



July 1

Emma Frank

American born – Montreal musically raised Emma is a rare combination of originality and grounded Jazz schooling. R&B, Jazz and Folk leave the audience pleased and intrigued.





Stay tuned for more of my picks!

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