Noah Preminger – A ‘ Bluesy ‘ Kinda Sax Player …

 Noah Preminger is not your average run-of-the-mill saxophone player …


A native of Connecticut, currently dividing his time between Boston and New York – Noah has released a very interesting album.

‘Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground’ brings the listener on a history lesson which revolves around Mississippi. In music language, Mississippi means the Delta Blues and the Delta Blues are the backbone of most forms of popular music.

Noah Preminger concert at Sa Pobla (2012)
Noah Preminger concert at Sa Pobla (2012)

Skip James was the man who introduced Noah to The Blues and for Preminger, the long and winding  trip continues. Exploring legends such as Willie Johnson, Booker T. White and Charley Patton – Noah is on the proper highway. His own private Route 66. 


Please listen below as Noah Preminger speaks of his latest album; a foray into his own ‘take’ on some classic tunes.

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Thanks for listening !Talk soon!


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2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival Indoor Shows Preview – aka Great Tunes!

The Jazz Festival is fast approaching.

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This week, the indoor schedule was announced. Some great names will pay Montreal a visit this summer both in music and in soul.


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Please listen below to some artists that will be playing as well as where you can go to buy tickets !


Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !


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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten International Interviews 2014 – Part Three

A lot of talking went on in 2014 ….

Narrowing down all my chats with musicians to ten was quite the task. All of the conversations, all of them – interesting and educational.

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Since I interview so many, two Top Ten lists are in order. One containing people from other countries and two; musicians from Canada. 

Please listen all week as I count them down …

Thanks for listening – talk soon …







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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten International Interviews 2014 – Part One

A lot of talking went on in 2014 ….

Narrowing down all my chats with musicians to ten was quite the task. All of the conversations, all of them – interesting and educational.


Since I interview so many, two Top Ten lists are in order. One containing people from other countries and two; musicians from Canada. 

Please listen all week as I count them down …

Thanks for listening – talk soon …






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Ask Dave the Bartender; Episode Six

The man sees every type of person born under a bad sign …


He has cleaned up under every type of condition imaginable. He is the unpaid psychiatrist of the world. The listener. The guru of gossip.

He is also the man who has listened to every song played on every jukebox this side of Foreigner.

He is Dave the Bartender …


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The Cranes, The Lazys and The Trews; Throwback Rock n Roll!

On Saturday night in Montreal, one of the first cold nights this side of  Summer, three bands demonstrated with purpose Rock n Roll is alive and well …

The Cranes
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The Lazys and The Cranes
The Lazys and The Cranes


The Trews


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George Bowser; Not ‘Blue’ at All …

George Bowser is one half of a team …

Problem is, Rick Blue is one half of a team. Maybe George and Rick should hook up? They could have a catchy name like Bowser and Blue …

Ya that’s the ticket! Bowser and Blue …!

George this is Rick. Rick  meet George …




Ask Dave the Bartender … Episode Four

The man who knows everything. The man who serves everything. The man known simply as …

Dave the Bartender!



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Megan Bonnell – One Chance for a First Impression …

Ontario-born Megan Bonnell speaks of her debut album with love. ‘Hunt and Chase’ was her introduction to having her songs produced with precision.

Please listen as she talks about that process as well as songwriting and a trip –  ‘down the rabbit hole ‘ ?

Megan …?


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Marcus Cahill ‘Imagines’ The Beatles …

There is a huge difference between being someone and paying homage to someone.

Marcus Cahill – a resident of Australia, knows the feeling well.



Marcus has been doing his John Lennon Tribute; Imagine – The Tribute, for one hundred years. For him, playing at the Cavern Club more times than The Beatles themselves – makes a few years seem very long indeed.

Please listen as Marcus pays ‘homage’ to The Beatles. A group he knows inside out musically …

John? I mean … Marcus?


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Tom Petty Concert Review; Rock n’ Roll is Alive and Well …

Tom Petty is the real deal …

In an age where ageing Rock stars more often than not mail in performances, Petty with his band of Heartbreakers – as refreshing as a sea breeze on a hot and humid day.


The sixty-three year old Petty, on tour with his latest album Hypnotic Eye – took the stage at 9pm with a statement which set the stage ( so to speak) for an evening void of pretentiousness.

” We are going to give you a Rock ‘ Roll show …” Claimed Tom. ” It may be long. Better call the babysitter …”

Starting with a cover of the Byrds’ tune; So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star – Petty and his mates were powerful. A garage band with all amplifiers cranked to the max. A garage band one phone call away from a late night police visit. A garage band with smoke emerging through the cracks.

Petty himself, a throwback to the seventies. In speak, in appearance and most importantly – in attitude. Think of ‘The Dude’ in the film The Big Lebowski. Now – think of ‘The Dude’ with a guitar in his hands and a  Dylan-esque voice. The sum of all parts becomes Tom Petty. A Rock singer who appears ‘surprised’ and ‘at ease’  in front of a large crowd. A songwriter who may be the ‘last guitar man standing’.

Petty__isn__t_it_As Petty swash-buckled his way through ‘ Mary Janes Last Dance’, American Dream Plan B’ ( from his recent album Hypnotic Eye) and the foot tapping (stomping) cover of Big Joe Williams’ ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’; thoughts of Springsteen, Dylan and Neil Young circled the Bell Center in Montreal. Tom Petty a combination of all three yet so unique and legendary. A survivor from the 1970’s with a smoke-filled bong intact. 

‘Into the Great Wide Open’ book-ended ‘Mary Jane’ with a sneer of nostalgia while ‘Forgotten Man’ (off Hypnotic Eye) reeked of a Bo Diddley nostalgic rhythm. Refreshing since ‘American Dream Plan B’ was dull and ineffective and signaled the demise of Petty’s recent songwriting ability. ‘Forgotten Man’ allowed a sigh of relief into the room as did ‘You Get Me High” ( the latest single)  later on. Petty’s songwriting intact.

‘I Won’t Back Down’ was the evening’s anthem. A biographical statement on the part of Petty and more so as the years pass by. A finger to authority if there ever was one; the audience ‘au Centre Bell’ agreed. On their feet, singing, waving and embracing it as their own personal scripture. The former ‘Wilbury’, perhaps sensing a ‘capturing’ of the crowd; traveled once more into his vast catalog. The opening chords of ‘Free Fallin’ sealed the deal and pushed everyone who may have been ‘on the fence’ – into the waiting arms of Tom, The Heartbreakers and ‘Mary Jane’.

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Much like the Stones, Dylan and The Beatles – Petty’s compositions are all about the songs. No drum solos, lengthy guitar ego-boosters and not a lot of banter. A man, his buddies and some tunes gather, sing and maybe loot and pillage. The only thing raped? Society and it’s hideous mask of rules and regulations.

A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me),’You Get Me High‘, ‘Rebels‘ and ‘Yer So Bad‘ – settled everyone in the seriousness and respect Petty has earned. For those only aware of ‘the hits’, a foursome complete with the gamete of balladry and rockers. Four songs which led into the homestretch. A home-run trot led by anthem number two …

‘Learning to Fly’ is the type of song identifiable by all ages. Everyone has endured, is enduring or yearns to endure the coming -of-age rite. The time where parents and / or their rules are shredded for independence. Petty sings the song with an underlying melancholy. A subterranean message of hope sets the audience’s heart adroit with nods of approval amid primal instincts. 

Shadow people, will sing their heads
In the corner next to you
When the light is red

‘Shadow People”s words rang true. At the beginning, in the middle and near the end of the show. Everyone – singing their heads into submission. A ‘choir’ leading into ‘I Should Have Known It’, ‘Refugee’ and  the show stopper; ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream’. The latter? As perfect as a Rock song could be. A Menacing riff with a hard pounding drum beat, complimented by Petty’s uncanny vocal ability. A ‘gift’ to sound urgent and mellow at the same time and place. A feature saved for few.


Even the most jaded forty-and-up partisans at The Bell Center overcame their fear of the demise of Rock n Roll last night. 

The exclusion of mega-hits ‘ Don’t Come Around Here No More’, ‘Breakdown’, ‘Here Comes My Girl’ and ‘Don’t Do Me Like That’ ( among many others) did not dampen ‘the spirits’ of young and old alike. Petty and The Heartbreakers continued the ‘lesson’ in Rock n Roll with ‘ You Wreck Me’ and a perfect cover of Paul Revere and the Raiders’ (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone. A duo fit for the evening’s finale.

American Girl was and is – the quintessential rock song. Complete with a theme on the mind of every boy (man?) on the planet. A rough guitar complimented by Petty’s non-threatening vocal style. Petty’s coup? Maybe or maybe not. Does it really matter …?


Stay tuned for Part two of my interview with Grand Fatilla!


Friday night at The Dome in Kirkland! 3000 rue Emond
Friday night at The Dome in Kirkland! 3000 rue Emond
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Robert Stefan; To Afghanistan with Love …

Ste. Anne de Bellevue resident Robert Stefan is no stranger to success …



Having five top ten French singles on the charts from his debut album to working with former April Wine guitarist Gary Moffet – Robert has seen a lot.

Nothing  prepared him for a rendez-vous with a soldier.



Please listen below as Robert talks of many things including working with the Moffet brothers.



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Come and join Robert  for a fun night of music this Friday (29th Aug) evening-Show starts 7pm at the Golf Dome West Island-3000 Rue Edmond
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What’s Coming on Rick Keene Music Scene …

Wuz up? What’s happening? What’s going on?

A good question – especially if you are a music lover …



I have some interviews coming with two new artists and the singer of a great new Jazz outfit out of Massachusetts. All in all – something for everyone.

Thanks for listening, have a great week and remember – keep your headphones on unless you are driving or walking across a busy road.

Talk soon …






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The Slacks; Montreal’s Oldest / Newest Rock Band

Once upon a time …

Men like Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley were dominating the musical landscape. They were the ‘kings’ of Rock n Roll.


Teenagers were screaming, crying and tossing various items of clothes toward stages filled with energy. Parents were appalled. Priests tossed their hands into the air to combat the ‘devil music’ which possessed so many teenagers.

Fast forward a couple of decades …


The Stone Doctors raised $9,000 last night at Chez Maurice in Ste Lazare for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Unit.

Way to go Boys!


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House of Jazz - Opening in Laval Sept. 6th
House of Jazz – Opening in Laval Sept. 6th


Gary Moffet – Former April Wine Guitarist … The Future is Bright!

Gary Moffet Joins April Wine!

In 1971, Gary was developing a band for AQUARIUS RECORDS called ALLISON GROSS.
He  had been working with the band as their producer for about a year and a half. Working  on their arrangements with them in their rehearsal space and  using his portable recording rig to cut the band track. Then he would work on the vocals with the singer and finally do a rough mix. In 18 months – the band  had assembled over 25 songs in demo form.
The group was about to sign with Aquarius and cut their first record, when APRIL WINE suddenly needed a new member to replace original member Jim Henman. They quickly snapped up the lead singer from ALLISON GROSS, who was also the main writer and bassist of the group. His name was JIM CLENCH.
Without Jim in the band, ALLISON GROSS was rejected by Aquarius and subsequently broke up.
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Eighteen months after JIM CLENCH joined AW, with a strong vote from both JIM and AQUARIUS,  Gary was brought in  along with legendary drummer JERRY MERCER, as one of the new members.

After AW broke up in 1984,  Gary  returned to full time producing, which he did until his  retirement in the year 2000.

The Present and The Future


Bianca and Gary were introduced by their  mutual friend ROB HEANEY. He thought they would go well together.

ROB is the CO-PRODUCER and ENGINEER for the project

Visit Rob Here!


10632739_10152780924666874_3058557863778490500_n“The  idea was to create MINIMALIST arrangements behind Bianca’s voice …” Says Moffet; ” One acoustic guitar, drums and bass.
Our intention in doing that was to be able to play all our songs as a DUO, TRIO or QUARTET line up and also leave the door wide open, with lots of space, for a musical guest.”
On the album, all the songs except for one have a guest on the track.
The name ALTO CANTINA reflects the  concept of a virtual PLACE, a small cantina, where musicians can go to create with others.
Two examples of these musicians guests would be JIM ZELLER and NANCY MARTINEZ
The great JIM ZELLER appears on a BOB DYLAN track using Dylan’s original zellerinstrumentation (acoustic. harmonica, bass, drums and voice) but with an radically up dated arrangement.
This is a virtuoso piece for JIM on the HARMONICA and he guests on vocal as well.
Gary and Rob are still beaming from the guest shot put in by NANCY MARTINEZ on the song CRYING IN THE RAIN
This is a full VOCAL duet featuring Bianca and Nancy. Our new arrangement reflects how the song might have sounded if the writer CAROLE KING had recorded her own version.
The final touches of Alto Cantina are being created …. Visit Gary for all the updated information …

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This Week on Rick Keene Music Scene …

Just like a household with nineteen children …

There is a lot going on Rick Keene Music Scene.

Kick off your shoes, disconnect the telephone wire and discover a whole bunch of stuff including a couple of new songs and some words from Jerry Mercer of April Wine fame.

Join Sean Mckeogh and myself live on k103.7fm this Thursday @ 6:15pm

We welcome Gary Moffet – formerly of April Wine as he is joined by a special guest to play some tracks off his latest album.

Thanks for listening … talk soon!

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 Play 4 Keeps will be at Annies this Friday @ 8Pm!

The Stone Doctors ( Rolling Stones Tribute) are at Chez Maurice Saturday Night

All Proceeds go to Palliative Care – Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

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The Damn Truth are at Cafe Campus Thursday Night

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Maurice Raymond; Montreal’s Mick Jagger – Complete Three Part Interview

Michael Phillip Jagger has been fronting The Rolling Stones for fifty years. Fifty … and counting …

Maurice Raymond has been fronting a Rolling Stones’ cover band for thirty-four years. Thirty-four … and counting …





Please listen as Maurice speaks of his legacy as one ( if not the best ) of the Mick Jaggers of the world.

It did not start out that way …







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This week - my interview with Don Felder
This week – my interview with Don Felder




Play 4 Keeps; Playing for Keeps – Funk Wise!

Play 4 Keeps are a Montreal-based band who are deep in a funk. That is a good thing …

Much has been said (too much), of the music from past generations being better than today.  Now – with a band such as Play 4 Keeps, it is nice to see a new (er) generation being influenced by  a new (er) generation.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a huge influence on bassist Dimitri Lappos, guitarist Phil Boucher and drummer Chris Butz. The young teaching the young.

Please listen as Chris and Dimitri talk about their influences, the albums and ‘monkies in their bedsheets’ …

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Aug. 22nd at Annies! 5pm

Come and Have a blast!


This week - my interview with Don Felder
This week – my interview with Don Felder

Leeward Fate; No Ordinary Band …

Fate has it …

Or – ‘Leeward Fate’ has it, sometimes things happen for a reason. Such is the case for a trio of musicians who are now based in North Carolina. A menage-a-musicians who, fate has it – met in Leeward. The math is there yet math and grids are far removed from the way their latest album was recorded. Digital bah – humbug for the boys …

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‘No Ordinary Kind’ is the group’s third album and – as is the case many times; the third time is a charm.

Listen to the band’s drummer – Tom Miller, speak of all things Leeward and if fate is not cruel; Leeward Fate will soon be a household name.



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Guitar Player Alert! Jeff is ‘Gunn’ – ing for You!

Oshawa native Jeff Gunn is on a mission …

A while ago – he learned there was more to guitar playing than meets the eye …er … ears …

His goal?

To instruct players on how to take their skills and take them to the next level. Not only that …



Visit Jeff Here!


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Martin Goyette









Hilary Jane; The Right Thing at ‘The Right Time’

Montrealer Hilary Jane has been singing in and around Montreal her entire life. Practically …

Now, following a series of events, life-altering events – she has decided to write and record her first full length album. It is a throwback to a different time and Hilary somehow makes it fresh again …

Please listen to this woman’s story and get ready to have your feet tapping!

Hilary …?






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Coming soon … my interview with Jill Barber!


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Martin Goyette; ‘Sweet Warm Jelly’

Martin Goyette has a voice. An inner message which channels the Blues’ legends of the past.

Too much? Too corny?

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Martin Goyette

Have a listen and decide with your ears …


Martin is singing on Aug.9th at Festiblues


Check out all the info on Martin right here!


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James Young – Styx


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Montreal International Jazz Festival 2014- Recap Part Three

It goes without saying, this is one of the finest festivals I’ve ever played! Thank you Montreal for building an institution.”
Ben Harper on Instagram.


At least one Harper showed. Stephen Harper – our resident Prime Minister did not appear at The Jazz festival nor was his pride evident in Canada’s and the world’s biggest festival. Well – at least God appeared happy.

The tunes rising into heaven from the Earth below, enough to allow the Lord to hold back on the rain. The heavens did not open up (save for a pair of twenty minute segments) and dampen the spirits of the music fans. It was ten days of sun, sun and soleil.



Aretha – Sounding Off


Roger Walls – a horn player who has worked with everyone from Garou to Tony Bennett, witnessed a comical event. Especially given the nature of Aretha Franklin’s much – maligned performance.

” I was at sound-check …” Explained Roger. ” Right in the middle of a song, Aretha berated the sound man. Insisting she could do his job better than him. Threatening to come down and do it herself. Expletives included … ”

Roger continues.

” After witnessing this first hand – a fellow horn player turns to me and says; I’d hate to be married to her!”


Considering the negative reviews of the show – sound or no sound, nothing would have saved Aretha. Maybe it is time to pack it in following a long and respectful career …


Same could be said for B.B King?


Citing not taking his medicine, King’s performance less-than-flattering.

This is not the first time for King. He had to cancel a couple of performances recently mid -way through concerts for the same reason. In St.Louis, last March – he was booed mercilessly for not hardly playing and not playing well when he did.  King deserves respect as the Grandfather of the Blues – yet, so does the paying public.

Fans must at this point, realize a B.B King concert is to see a legend live. Want some great King music? Buy a cd.

As per English (British – not West Island) music journalist Sebastien Scotney; the show of the festival was Keith Jarrett. Sebastien is the editor of London Jazz and this was his first visit to Montreal. Read his review here in The Telegraph. Great guy!


Burning Spear / Sly and Robbie Review



They say ninety percent of drum tracks laid down in Jamaica were done by Sly Dunbar.

For years, under the tutelage of men like Marley, Tosh and Cliff – Dunbar along with fellow sideman Robbie Shakespeare; were and remain – the battery of Jamaica.

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Dunbar is a machine. Head down without hardly a break or peek at his surroundings; Sly kept the groove going, da riddims. Precision-like maneuvers. Robbie – the Bill Wyman of Reggae (longevity, quality, rhythm ), served the bass lines with power normally reserved for a rhythm guitarist.

Reggae is like that …

Delivering signature songs such as ‘Swing Easy’, ‘Real Rock’, ‘Darker Shade of Black’ and ‘ Taxi Rhythm’ – the legendary pair along with their backing band – The Taxi Gang; explained reggae to those almost sure what Reggae is. After all – Pizza is not Italian and many eat and bake it as such … As in many genres, the real stuff gets watered down over the years. Sly and Robbie are the real deal.


Burning Spear, the sixty-nine year old living, breathing – living legend; entered stage right. He was as pleased to be in Montreal as Montrealers and out of towners were to witness him.

Playing a catalog of six decades long is no easy task. What to pick and what to play? For a non -Reggae fan, it would appear easy as Reggae music (non roots) sounds similar ( except for a few Marley tunes). Well – bite your collective Rasta tongues.

Spear’s 1976 hit; ‘Pick Up the Pieces’ – sent Metropolis into a frenzy. Proof that at least half the attendees were indeed Reggae fans while the other half soon became ones. The rhythmic ‘riddems’ of the song in dark contrast to Marley’s slow burning hits. Spear, on the Congas – off the Congas; a master with the microphone and very able to sing like a Rasta – Mick Jagger. One year Mick’s junior …

What’s with these old guys anyways? Shuffleboard anyone?


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What’s with these old guys anyways? Shuffleboard anyone?

Ginger Baker – ex of Cream, appeared at the Jazz Festival; ex of Cream. His foursome included James Brown’s ex-bandleader Pee Wee Ellis on Saxophone, Alec Dankworth on Bass and Abbas Doodoo on Congas and various other percussion -related instruments.


As an outsider looking in to a seventy-four year old drummer with a Jazz related background – it was easy to categorize Doodoo as a mask for Baker’s miscues. Far from the truth and simply not the case.

Ginger may not be as ‘ginger’ as he once was ( wheezing between songs), yet his drumming remains impeccable. His sense of humor as jazzy as the Jazz itself portrayed and carried out on stage with the utmost perfection.

Baker laid out a dozen ( Bakers’ Dozen – get it?) supreme jokes at his own expense. The running gag –  people in his entourage laying bets in which city he will ‘expire’ in on this tour. To which Baker countered; ‘I think Pee Wee will beat me to it! ( Ellis no slim or young chicken at that).

The music? Songs such as ‘Well You Needn’t’, Wayne Shorter’s cover – ‘Footprints’ and the original ‘Ginger Spice’ – as effervescent as Sunshine in your Life. ’12+ More Blues’ was mesmerizing as was the always present ‘Aiko Biaye’. Baker and Doodoo providing crashing rhythms and almost morphing into a sole unit on several occasions.





The show was Jazz, Ellis providing haunting (at times) solos and Dankworth instilling the truth and keeping it tight within the scope of the songs. Dankworth was not there to stand out. Nor was Ellis. Their jobs – simply to keep things fresh. Keep things tight. Keep things interesting for a non-drumming fan.

The concert was all about Baker’s drumming. A contest almost.

Competing with and complementing Doodoo. It was a drummer’s take on Jazz much the way Rich, Krupa and Baker’s contemporary Charlie Watts see the songs in a Jazz kaleidoscope.

The difference?  Baker hits much harder …



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Up Next …

Barenaked Ladies and Jill Barber Reviews.


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Jill Barber

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Montreal International Jazz Festival 2014 – Recap Part Two.

It is the people of Montreal that make the Jazz Festival so good.

‘If you build it – they will come …’

Musicians from Zaire to Atlanta, each and every one of them, during the Jazz Festival or in the cold winter months, exude the same sentiment.

“Montreal has the best crowds …”

Maybe it is the winters which make us appreciate everything. Perhaps it is the lack of a Stanley Cup for twenty years. Does poutine have a magic elixir built in? Whatever it is – the people in Montreal love music.



The Quotes


“My two sons are playing with us on stage tonight – I think I am more terrified than they are …” Ed Robertson – The Barenaked Ladies

” Instead of saying they are amazing, people should say – I really enjoyed that band. I strongly suggest them. That way – you are not forcing your opinion on someone and letting them decide for themselves.” Susie Arioli

“You guys ( journalists) are very important for us. It is also very important to be true what you write. There is no point saying a show is good when it is not. How else can we decide who to bring to Montreal for the Jazz Festival?” Andre Menard – co-Founder of The Jazz Festival

” I had a Red Bull once. I thought I was going to die. I will never touch that stuff again!” Brian Ritchie – Violent Femmes


The Pics


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Andre Menard


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Ed Robertson – Barenaked Ladies


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Brian Ritchie


The Shows


Gogh Van Go


Seventeen years is a very long time.

Think of it. In that time span – a person learns to crawl, walk, run and drive. A lot of growing up takes place, not to mention growing pains.

That is exactly what the band Gogh Van Go must be going through following their show at the Jazz Festival. Club Soda was not even close to half capacity yet one thing must be made clear – it was not the fault of Gogh Van Go.

Sorta …

2505301Aside from their success in the 90’s and the fans which remember them from the 90’s – there were approx. 90 people to see them in only their second gig in 17 years.

Following a monumental return in December 2013, it appeared the time was right for Van Go. Um … not yet.

Sandra Luciantonio still has an incredible voice. Thrilling those in attendance with the power of a younger woman. In songs such as ‘ The Bed Where We Lie’ and ‘Sugar’ – Sandra’s passion for her craft shines through.

Her partner on and off stage – Dan Tierney, shares the passion and his love is demonstrated in the band’s (arguably) biggest hit; ‘Say You Will’. The duo’s original backing band, Yves Desrosiers (guitar), Jean Masicotte ( Keyboards), John Souranis (bass) and JohnMcColgan (drums) – all performed as a tight knit unit. They performed with familiarity.

Here lies the problem.

A band and songwriting team from the 90’s, sings and plays their instruments like they were in the 1990’s. As stated earlier, through no fault of their own and based on pure absenteeism, a gap existed at Club Soda. A gap which can be repaired the more Gogh Van Go propels itself into 2014.


The talent is there, the songwriting is there ( two new songs – ‘Sugar’ and ‘ Mama Needs a New Dress), the back-line of  today’s alt-Pop is not there. All the songs performed would be awe inspiring moments if they were intertwined with a catalog which lay witness to a band evolving over they years. A ‘ look-back-at-the-beginning’ kinda thing. Preferably in black and white with Kennedy’s assassination headlines looming in the background.

This type of nostalgia plays well. The nostalgia which Gogh Van Go is performing does not. They are not old, they are not acting like people trying to make a buck. By all appearances and sounds – Gogh Van Go is a working viable group who have lost their way. A producer who is current would do wonders with Sandra and Daniel.

In other words –  the ‘Tunnel of Trees’ cannot be seen for the forensic remains of the dated forest. Somehow – Gogh Van Go will figure it out. Somehow – Club Soda will fill out.

‘Too good To’ not to …


Elvis Costello


Mr. Costello …

Mr. Diana Krall.

Mr. Everything  …

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Elvis was in town on his current solo tour. A tour which left those in attendance guessing. Elvis not even allowing a reporter the luxury of knowing any songs which he was to play at the Jazz Festival during the press conference.

It was a forgone conclusion that at least “Alison’ would be played. Which it was. ‘Veronica” perhaps? It was …

Elvis over the years has become a parody in many ways. A parody of his punk years with The Attractions, a reasonable facsimile with tunes such as ‘Everyday I Write the Book’ and his incarnation into the world of Burt Bacharach. Costello is a chameleon who appears to evolve and work at top speed.

His concert as part of The Jazz Festival appeared rushed. The songs were played well yet it was difficult to not rid oneself of the feeling Mr. Costello had better places to be ( by Diana Krall’s side – for one).

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Thank the music Gods Elvis has an acute sense of humor. A British sense of humor. Mocking himself numerous times – none more poignant than introducing one of his hits;  ‘Everyday I Write the Book’.

” Because I like you …” Said Costello. ” I will play this song for you. I hate it. I wrote it it ten minutes and sadly – it became a hit. Now – I must play it all the time …”

That tune was rushed through. Others such as ‘Either Side of the Same Town’ and ‘ Watching the Detectives’ (both Elvis and the Attractions songs) – moderately so. As if Costello has turned the corner on the past. Nice but …what’s next?

Elvis did shine through on the covers he chose …

Nat King Cole’s ‘Walkin’ my Baby Back Home’; sung wistfully and soulfully by Costello. Singing and strumming his one man band into a place dear to him. The same could be said for his rendition of Robert Wyatt’s ‘Shipbuilding’. A nerve hit deep inside Costello. Moments when the show ‘slowed’ to a musical pace.

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Costello is a storyteller. His tales and observations heightened during tunes such as ‘ Ascension Day’, ‘Ghost Train’ and ‘The Last Year of my Youth.’ No matter the rhythm of an Elvis Tune – there is something melancholy about Costello. Telling tales of his Grandfather’s excursion into America – side-splitting yet with a hint of sadness for another time. A pure reconnaissance of music from all genres.

The show displayed Elvis’ courage, depth and genius. His social conscience on display on ‘ Jimmie Standing in the Rain /  Brother Can You Spare a Dime?’ His guitar playing on display all night.  ‘ Come the Meantime ( a collaboration with The Roots), a display of keeping with the times.

Costello’s show was not perfect. A much more enjoyable experience would have had Costello with a backing band. Then again – with Elvis; who really knows?

A genius keeps them guessing …




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Paul Deslauriers and Jimi Hendrix; A Match Made in Heaven (Ask Steve Hill).

Paul Deslauriers is one smart cookie …

Nothing like jumping on an opportunity to pay homage to a childhood idol and hooking up with an old friend at the same time.

As part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival – Paul is taking the stage with his band and with longtime guitar buddy Steve Hill. Not together – apart …

On la  Scene Lotto Quebec and  Metropolis; Paul will delight fans of both his band and those of the Jimi Hendrix persuasion. A double bill for lovers of guitar rock and Blues.

Shows not to be missed. Shows not to be dissed.

Please listen as Paul explains what people will expect and why he loves Hendrix so much.

Paul …?


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The 35th Edition of The Montreal International Jazz Festival


The 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, presented by TD in partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan, kicks off in just 3 short days! The Quartier des Spectacles is ready and waiting to welcome the world’s large largest jazz festival, from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, July 6, 2014!

The Festival goes mobile

Here’s a major new addition for this 35th edition: the full program is now available from the Festival’s new mobile website ( ).

Web surfers Will Find a detailed schedule, shows listed by series or course, a search engine, photos, concert descriptions and audio excerpts. And to help everyone get the MOST out of the Festival, visitors can create a personalized schedule to Ensure They Do not Miss Any of the Action! Festival fans can aussi experience the festivities’ round the clock, 24/7 on the Festival website ( ), socialand via the Montreal Jazz mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android ( / mobile ).

Throughout the duration of the event,MontrealJazzFest.TV Will aussi feature artist interviews and Some hundred concerts on video captured by our video squad in Festival concert venues and on outdoor stages.

3rd Edition of our contest, I love Jazz Festival: incredible prizes available

By showing Their affection for the Festival-simply by Becoming a fan of the event’s official Facebook page, Internet users can join the fun every day by visiting the great I love Jazz Festival Contest (I Like the Jazz Festival Contest) on Facebook .

A grand total of $ 30,000 in prizes Will Be up for grabs thanks to collaborations with a number of partners: 1st prize : grand prize of$ 10,000 in cash offert by TD ; 2nd prize : a MacBook Pro 13” aluminum with Retina display, valued at $ 3.160 USD , offert by Rio Tinto Alcan , 3rd prize : an automatic coffeemaker valued at $ 3.100, offert by Jura ; 4th prize : a collection of 50 blues CDs valued at $ 1,000, offert by Loto-Québec ; 5th prize : an XM radio with a one-year subscription with a maximum value of $ 500, offert by SiriusXM .

Entering the contest is easy!

Just “Like” the Festival’s facebook page ( / montrealjazzfest ), click the link under the “Contest” tab on the home page and fill out the online form Between June 3 and July 6, midnight.

The drawing Will take up July 8, 2014 at noon . Dozens of instant prizes, with a total value of $ 10,000, Will Be Offered by TD andLa Presse + on the outdoor festival site.

Galerie Lounge TD: presenting Jimi Hendrix!

The Galerie Lounge TD , located in. the Espace culturel Georges-Émile Lapalme exhibition hall in Place des Arts , is a treasure trove of works by artists united by Their passion for jazz.

This year, to mark the 35th anniversary of the Festival organizers and the Galerie Lounge TD are very proud to offer Drifter’s Escape , a silkscreen taken from original year work by one of the Most Significant musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix , available for The Entire Festival duration in a limited print run of only 125 copies. Also, fans can purchase a limited-run of silkscreen Saxophoenix , The Most recent creation by Yves Archambault , our artist in residence for over 25 years.

Traffic on the website

Starting June 27, the Festival Site Will Be closed to automobile traffic every day from 6 pm to 3 am, until, Sunday, July 6 at 7 am

The website Occupies the quadrilateral area bordered by St. Laurent Boulevard and De Bleury Street from east to west , and St. Catherine St. and President Kennedy Ave. from north to south. A part of the Quartier des Spectacles Will Remain closed to automobile traffic day and night Until September 5: St. Between St. Catherine De Bleury St. and St. Laurent Blvd., Jeanne Mance St. Between St. Catherine St. and De Maisonneuve Blvd., As well as Mayor and Balmoral Streets. De Maisonneuve Blvd. Will Be closed to automobile traffic Until July 9 Between Bleury and Jeanne-Mance Streets.

To Plan your visit to the Festival and for all information on access for people with limited mobility or Reduced gold Accessing the site by car, on bike or on foot: ,  Access to the Site  tab.

Pre-opening concert

with The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl)

June 25, 8 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA

When the preeminent icon of the alternative lands Music Scene with a new album, the highly-Anticipated Morning Phase 6 Years After Modern Guilt -we-have all reason to rejoice.

When he arrived at this festival for the first time, we’re over the moon! The voice and vision of a generation since the blockbuster success of Loser in 1994 Beck Brings us the mind-blowing alterna-folk, blues and silky inimitable artistic not touch that make him extraterrestrially brilliant!

Opening Bell Event


June 26, 9:30 pm, TD Internship

Three years ago, he set off a buzz Take That Has not quit since the release of the superb video for Iron -viewed over 27 million times on YouTube! This versatile French artist weaves a cinematic Pop That transport and moves the listener. After Delivering phenomenal performance falling on the Festival andJazz All-Year Round last year, he’s back to full the Hat Trick: Outdoor Concert Opening the 35th edition of this magnificent …

Indoor opening concert

Alain Lefèvre with the OSM, The Gershwin Legacy
June 26 & 27, 7 pm, Maison symphonique de Montreal

Not only do two superb thesis concerts celebrate the Festival’s 35th birthday, They Also spotlight the 80th season of the OSM and the 90th anniversary of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue , the first work to bring jazz into the World’s Most prestigious concert halls. The event promises to be a memorable one, both, in Festival history and in pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre’s career, as he surrounds himself with old friends and musical Accomplices for the occasion derived, namely, two leading figures on the Montreal jazz scene, double bassist Michel Donato and drummer Paul Brochu.

Sold out concerts

All tickets for the Following concerts-have-been already sold:

♫  Alain Lefèvre (June 26, 8 pm, Maison symphonique de Montreal)

♫  Cecile McLorin Salvant (June 26 and 27, 9 pm, L’Astral)

♫  Jordan Officer (June 27, 28 and 29, 7 pm, Savoy)

♫  Rufus Wainwright (June 27, 28 and 29, 8 pm, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde)

♫  Beth Hart (June 28, 7 pm, Club Soda)

♫  Keith Jarrett (June 28, 8 pm, Maison symphonique de Montreal)

♫  Stacey Kent . Opening act: Emie R Roussel Trio (June 28, 8 pm, Théâtre Maisonneuve, PoA)

♫  Earth, Wind & Fire (June 30, 7:30 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PoA)

♫  Bobby McFerrin (June 30, 8 pm, Maison symphonique de Montreal)

♫  Tigran and Brad Meldhau (July 2, 6 pm, Gesù – Centre for Creativity)

♫  Aretha Franklin (July 2, 7:30 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PoA)

♫  Diana Ross (July 3, 7:30 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PoA)

Indoor concerts pick up your tickets now

Altho Many concerts are sold out, tickets REMAIN available for the Following:

Daniel Lanois and very special guests Emmylou Harris and Trixie Whitley June 26, 7:30 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier –

Finally back in Montreal, explore music, inspired renowned artist and producer Daniel Lanois takes hold of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier Accompanied by His group, Including astonishing drummer Brian Blade, and two very notable guests: the sublime Trixie Whitley, Whose leaves us speechless stunning voice with every successive performance; and legendary singer and musician Emmylou Harris, back in Montreal for the first time since 2006, a 12-time Grammy winner Including the 1996 Best Contemporary Folk Album award for Wrecking Ball , produced by none other than … Daniel Lanois.

Cassandra Wilson Opening act: Andreas Varady – June 26, 8 pm, Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA –

Singer Cassandra Wilson Effective returns a four-year absence, When She shared the bill of the opening concert of the Festival with Lionel Richie. With only her voice, her blues sensibility and flair for the unexpected, the winner of the 1999 Miles Davis Award Brings us a milestone concert marking the 20th anniversary of her famed album Blue Light ‘Til Dawn .First goal, a good hand of applause for jazz guitar wunderkind and Quincy Jones Andreas Varady protected!

Angélique Kidjo . Opening act: Karim Diouf – June 26, 8:30 pm, Metropolis – It’s always an enormous pleasure to welcome the funkiest of African diva Angelique Kidjo, back at the Festival with her ​​13th album Eve , written and Recorded in tribute to African women . Dig into funk-soul piece steeped in African traditions, Reviews another chapter in the career of this renowned sincere, passionate and authentic big-hearted activist. Opening the evening, make way for forming Colocs member Karim Diouf, has Launched Have you solo career last year with a debut album of universal tweaked pop with reggae and African rhythms, Adouna .

Van Gogh Go – June 27, 11 pm, Club Soda – Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Their debut album, it’s the return of Montreal’s once and future coolest alt-pop duo, singer and guitarist Sandra Luciantonio-singer Daniel Tierney.They’ve returned to remind us of Reviews some of the great times of the ’90s, hot on the heels of Their moving and utterly convincing performance this past December in the Cabaret du Mile End … And along with Their hits, we can expect Some surprises , Including new songs!

Katie Melua, The Acoustic Tour – June 27, 7:30 pm, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA  – At just 19, she has Launched debut album That soared to phenomenal success in the UK. Her sophomore release made ​​her international star year.Talented young Katie Melua Wherever she goes charms audiences with her ​​elegant simplicity, remarkable voice, blues-tinged jazz and an understated, intense presence, perfectly Embodying a fresh authenticity. The songstress Have you Delivered the opening concert in Festival 2008 Effective returns a 5-year failure to offer us her latest bestseller, Ketevan . Presented Exclusively for the Festival’s 35th anniversary, this is her only concert in America.Absolutely ir-re-sis-ti-ble!

Dianne Reeves. Opening act: Nico Sarbanes – June 27, 8 pm Théâtre Maisonneuve, PdA – Les Grands concerts Rio Tinto Alcan series – Recipient of the 2002 Ella Fitzgerald Award and four Grammys Besides, Dianne Reeves HAS long since won her spot in the pantheon of jazz singers. A flamboyant onstage performer, loved by critics and audiences alike, she’s here to present her new album, Beautiful Life , a lovely marriage of R & B, Latin music, pop and jazz in Both new compositions and covers of Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac and Marvin Gaye . Terri Lyne Carrington produced by, the album features the talents of aussi Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter and the late George Duke. The evening begins with young trumpet player and singer Montreal Nico Sarbanes.  

. Nikki Yanofsky Opening act: Jon Batiste and Stay Human – June 27, 8:30 pm, Metropolis – She Was Discovered at the Festival in 2006 When she was just 12; now, the darling of Montreal jazz HAS Become a singer of international caliber. She’s been hailed at the Olympia in Paris, the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, and falling on her last stop Festival, a three-night run in TNM; now, the young artist is under the artistic wing of legendary producer Quincy Jones and returns to present a new album, Little Secret , that ‘utterly lives up to expectations The Highest! Opening the evening, welcome sensational young New Orleans jazzman Jon Batiste backed by Stay Human.

Rudresh Mahanthappa – June 27, 10:30 pm Gesù – Centre for Creativity –Named a Rising Star in the Downbeat International Critics Poll in 2010, saxman Mahanthappa now Has the profile of an old pro. An inspired gifted instrumentalist and composer, Rudresh Mahanthappa never lacks for progressive projects projects fusing Indian music, classical, avant-jazz, etc..The alto saxophonist Brings us His revolutionary artistic perspective and his Most recent project, Gamak , Accompanied by musicians Rez Abbasi (guitar), François Moutin (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums). Huge.

Hercules & Love Affair + Andy Butler (DJ set) – June 27, 11 pm, Club Soda – Captained by New York DJ Andy Butler, Hercules & Love Affair the project is an odyssey into primal disco-house territory. Filled out by John Grant, Mary Rouge, Krystle Warren and Gustaph, the group Recently released The Feast of the Broken Heart , Conceived with nighthawks in mind. With a touch of techno and pop to make things hyper-available and totally danceable, the result is at once retro and futurist, melodic and rocking.

Changes to the program

Psychology Will open for Snoop Dogg in Metropolis on July 4, 11 pm ( Les Rythmes series).

Kumbia Gypsy Orchestra ‘s performance on July 4 in the festive Love is canceled. Roma Carnivale Will replace em.

The Farruquito concert ( Improvisao ), scheduled on July 2, 6 pm in Théâtre Maisonneuve (MoU) is canceled.


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What’s Happening on Rick Keene Music Scene?

What are you doing this week?

Mending the piece of  fence where the cattle escaped through? Cooking up a pot of grits to feed the outlaws who are coming to town to soak up the Jazz Festival?

Whatever it is – fear not …

Visit Rick Keene Music Scene all week to hear some great interviews along with some great tunes. The Jazz festival is starting on Thursday – so for the following ten days; a bevy of show reviews coming your way.

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Rick Michel; A Stunning Homage to Frank Sinatra!

Rick Michel is coming to Montreal …


A treat for fans of the old school entertainment world.

Rick started his career as a comedian and quickly established himself as one of the great impersonators. Among the greats  Rick has learned and worked with –  Rich Little and Don Rickles.

Quite the career and quite the Sinatra homage he is travelling around with. Complete with Sinatra’s backing band and producer – Rick’s show Saturday June 21st at The Rialto Theatre will be a memory for the ages.

Take it away Rick …



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Hear  my interview with Tyler Stewart from The Barenaked Ladies Here!

Undressing a Barenaked Lady; Tyler Stewart’s Top Ten Favorite Cities

The Barenaked Ladies have been around …

Seven Juno Awards and two Grammy nominations will do that. Please listen as Tyler Stewart gives us a Top Ten list of his favorite cities to play in and why …

The Barenaked Ladies are in Montreal as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival on the 4th of July at Metropolis.

Enjoy the show,  the interview and the Top Ten List below.

Thanks for listening! Talk soon!


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Montreal International Jazz Festival Preview 2014; Susie Arioli

It was a voice she never knew she had. Far more talented than imagined.

Susie Arioli took that voice and traveled far. For the most part – Jordan Officer accompanied her on a musical voyage filled with wonder, excitement and satisfaction.

Whether it be playing at Place des Arts or on stage in Paris, France – Susie is having a blast as a working, travelling ( struggling?) singer.

Please listen to part one of my interview as Susie talks about her humble beginnings as well as her friend and former guitarist Jordan Officer.

Susie? What’s shaking …?


See Susie at The Jazz Festival


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Matthew Barber; A ‘Big Romance’ with Songwriting …

Matthew Barber considers himself to be a romantic

A lover and observer of all things in the universe. A songwriter. A modern day poet. 

In his latest album; ‘Big Romance‘, this Juno Award nominee – places his heart on the line and finishes first. A blend of old school Blues, Folk and Country – blended purposely with a Pop / Rock mentality.

Surrounding himself with some of the finest musicians and singers in Canada, Barber places himself among the elite of a new generation of songwriters in this vast country of talent.

Please listen as Matthew speaks of his love affairs …

Matthew …?



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