Rick Keene Music Scene Presents; An Alphabetical Canadian Playlist

From EH to Z …

Canada has some of the best musicians in the world.

Going back or moving forward – Canadian artistry is as sound as a beaver building a dam.

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Please listen below to an alphabetical playlist of Canadian music.

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Rick Keene Music Scene Presents; A Live Concert. Remember Those?

Nothing else compares to a live show.

Time to connect, time to relieve stress and time to get yer ya -ya’s out !

When will live music return on a grand scale? Nobody has that answer anytime soon but one thing is for certain– the world needs live music.

Please listen below to a live concert from one of music’s great performers and ‘the band.’

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Rick Keene Music Scene – On This Date in Music History …

Dates are significant only if you get lucky.

December 25th, February 14th – dates that stand out for a variety of reasons get all the attention.

What about the rest of the year? It’s date profiling and it must be stopped !

Please listen below to some important musical happenings on February 23rd

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Rick Keene Music Scene – I Don’t Like The Boomtown Rats …

Don’t like Mondays or The Boomtown Rats?

Everyone has their moods when motivation is difficult. Mondays seem to be the bane of most people’s existence.

Or – are they?

Have a listen below to some of the best tunes about Monday?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Sunday’s Soothing Sounds for The Soul

‘Kick off your shoes and sit right down ...’

Have a listen below to some of the best new tunes and look forward to the future of music.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Friday Playlist That Floats!

Nothing to fear except fear itself.

Have a listen below to some of the best new tunes and find out what it’s like to hang out backstage with The Rolling Stones. You just may get a song lyric from the experience.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Greatest Forty Five Minutes of Pleasure or Your Money Back !

Why listen to your spouse when you could be listening to the birds sing?

Have a listen below, away from your troubles and the troubles of the world. Comedy and news. New and old tunes. One stop shopping without a corporate gift card.

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Rick Keene Music Scene -Legendary Dolly Parton Encourages Support For Independent Venues​

Dolly Parton took time to let fans know that since we can’t get together for concerts during the pandemic, local independent venues like the ones where she got her start are at risk. 

Ms. Parton is encouraging people to learn more about how they can help by going to SaveOurStages.com.

More than 1,000 artists have supported the National Independent Venue Association’s efforts, including writing letters to Congress and encouraging fans to learn more about the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund which is raising money for our most vulnerable venues, to keep them afloat while they await federal financial relief as part of the Shuttered Venue Operator Grants.

Since it could take many weeks, even months for the funding to flow, the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund continues to raise money. The fund has made a total $3 million in grants so far, assisting more than 150 venues and promoters.  $11 million more needs to be raised to fulfill all of the requests received.

Formed at the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown, National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), now represents more than 3,000 members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. NIVA created and led the #SaveOurStages campaign, resulting in landmark legislation establishing the “Shuttered Venue Operators” Grant program to be administered by the Small Business Administration.

NIVA’s mission is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live venues, promoters and festivals throughout the United States. The National Independent Venue Foundation (NIVF) was founded to further this mission by also seeking to support a transparent, competitive marketplace serving a diverse and inclusive community of artists, fans, and industry workers.

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Rick Keene Music Scene -Festival de la Voix, 8th edition

Celebrate season 8:  RESILIENCE AND INSPIRATION

Mark these dates in your spring calendar

March 14- April 10, 2021 various dates and venues

Live concerts online

Featuring virtual concerts from March 14 to April 10 of performances in the West Island (venues in Lachine, Dorval, Beaconsfield, Pointe-Claire, Lachine and Hudson), Festival de la Voix brings communities and all ages together to enjoy music and the power of the human voice, now available to be appreciated around the world.

This 8th edition offers four eclectic concerts, as well as three exceptional workshops. The mix of styles and voices includes The Best of Broadway (belt it out at home), Roots, Blues and Spirituals (Rob Lutes, Dr. Floydd Ricketts, Alexander Asher) and QUARTOM (male vocal quartet).

Rest in Peace Chick Corea

February 28: Special webcast performance, excerpt from Handel’s Messiah from Maison symphonique (Place des Arts), available until March 14. Presented by Ensemble Caprice, Ensemble vocal Arts-Québec and Festival de la Voix

Workshops include Dr. Claudel Callender (vocal technique), Connie Kaldor (songwriting), and Natalie Choquette (soloists master class)

Festival de la Voix 8th edition, March 14-April 10, 2021

Tickets by donation

For information about artists, concerts, workshops and venues: festivaldelavoix.com

For information: (514) 758-3641

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Rick Keene Music Scene – In With the New – In With The Old

You do not throw away the baby with the bathwater.

The temperature of the stew may change but each song remains a spicy ingredient.

Rest in Peace Chick Corea

Please listen below to a few new tracks and a couple of old tunes you may or may not know?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – An Homage to Chick Corea

An innovator is an understatement.

Jazz legend Chick Corea passed away and his legacy lives on. Without Corea – Jazz and popular music would be completely different today.

Please listen below to a few selected tracks and a brief synopsis of Chick Corea.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Dave Grohl, Noelle Scaggs and Quincy Jones to sit on NIVA Advisory Board

NIVA ANNOUNCES NEW ADVISORY BOARD TO FURTHER ASSIST IN PRESERVING AND NURTURING THE ECOSYSTEM OF INDEPENDENT LIVE VENUES AND PROMOTERS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES

 The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) announces the creation of its Advisory Board, whose members will serve as critical community and industry champions. From voices who top the charts to those at the top of their industries, the advisory board will further assist both NIVA and the National Independent Venue Foundation (NIVF) with their respective missions, preserving and nurturing the ecosystem of independent live venues and promoters throughout the United States. Advisory board members will share their diverse knowledge and professional expertise in streaming, ticketing, management and more to help NIVA and its members navigate through the remainder of this pandemic and rebuild the live entertainment ecosystem in a transparent, diverse, and inclusive way.

“NIVA may have been founded amidst dire circumstances, but the future of the live industry and the people who inhabit it have always been top of mind. Officially expanding our coalition to include partners new and old, allows us to innately incorporate those who have stood by our side from the very beginning, like Boris Patronoff from See Tickets, and new voices that will help guide the future,” said NIVA Executive Director and Managing Partner of Marauder.

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“When the pandemic first hit it was clear the independent live music community would need to come together and rally for relief. Doing just that, a dedicated group of promoters set out to form NIVA and we proudly stepped up to support them. The accomplishments to date have been remarkable and I’m thrilled to serve what I believe will be an important organization for years to come,” said Boris Patronoff, Chair of the NIVA Advisory Board and CEO of See Tickets – North America.

The National Independent Venue Association is also pleased to announce the recent addition of Andre Perry (The Englert Theatre, Mission Creek Festival), Amy Madrigali (Troubadour), Audrey Fix Schaefer (I.M.P./9:30 Club, Lincoln Theatre, The Anthem, Merriweather Post Pavilion), and Grace Blake (Iridium) to its organizational board, joining the ranks beside founding Board President Dayna Frank (First Avenue), Board Vice President Stephen Chilton (Rebel Lounge/Psyko Steve Presents), Board Vice President Justin Kantor ((le) poisson rouge), Board Secretary Hal Real (World Café Live), Board Treasurer Stephen Sternschein (Heard Presents), and Executive Director Rev. Moose (Marauder).

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Laurie Leblanc Releases His Second English Country Record

When It’s Right It’s Right.

The above title not only explains the mindset of recording a new album – it is also the title of New Brunswick’s Laurie Leblanc‘s latest disc’

When It’s Right It’s Right is LeBlanc’s second all-English release to date. Previous albums include Couleurs (2018)20 (2015)Noël de la Pitoune (2014), Noir et Blanc (2012)La Pitoune (2010), and his initial all-English release, Influences (2013).

Please listen below to a preview of Laurie Leblanc’s new EP.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Greg Godovitz; A Walking, Talking Historic Canadian Music Figure. Part Two

Right place – right timing.

Greg Godovitz has met three members of The Rolling Stones and two members of The Beatles. He ain’t done yet …

Pursuing music in the sixties after seeing / hearing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan; Greg has never looked back. The musical journey has taken him places most dream of. Hanging out with Michel Pagliaro in Montreal to a half hour chat backstage with Sir Paul McCartney.

On the heels of his very popular book – ‘Travels with my Amp’, Greg is at it again with a non sequel;‘Up Close and Uncomfortable’.

Please listen below to PART TWO of my chat with the legendary singer / songwriter from one of Canada’s most successful bands Goddo.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – You Think You Got The Blues?

The cornerstone of all popular music.

Have a listen below to some of the top new Blues tracks released lately plus a familiar bonus track done with unfamiliarity.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Greg Godovitz; A Walking, Talking Historic Canadian Music Figure. Part One

Right place – right timing.

Greg Godovitz has met three members of The Rolling Stones and two members of The Beatles. He ain’t done yet …

Pursuing music in the sixties after seeing / hearing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan; Greg has never looked back. The musical journey has taken him places most dream of. Hanging out with Michel Pagliaro in Montreal to a half hour chat backstage with Sir Paul McCartney.

On the heels of his very popular book – ‘Travels with my Amp’, Greg is at it again with a non sequel;‘Up Close and Uncomfortable’.

Please listen below to PART ONE of my chat with the legendary singer / songwriter from one of Canada’s most successful bands Goddo.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The History of Canadian Music Eh? Episode One

Oh Canada.

This country produces music unlike most countries around the world.

The vastness of the land and the hustle and bustle of the big cities unite in a very unique fashion.

A mixture – a pull and push of creativity which has given birth to talent within and exported it in abundance to listeners around the globe.

Please listen below to what will become a weekly series every Friday on the history of Canadian Music. No timeline – just great Canadian tunes from great Canadian musicians.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Producer and Engineer Douglas Romanow; A Crash Course on Home Studio Recordings

Make sure all your ducks are in a row.

Simply put – sound advice when sitting down and layering songs through collaborations.

Douglas Romanow has worked with a bevy of artists including  Chantal Kreviazuk and Justin Bieber to name a few.

The Toronto resident is a Record Producer/ Mixer/Songwriter at Aporia Records as well as Songwriter at Bluewater Music Group.

Bieber

Please have a listen below to my chat with Douglas about working with Bieber in the studio and advice for musicians recording in their home studios during Covid.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Virtual Maple Blues Award Winners Toronto Edition

Everyone has the blues – that’s a good thing !

Hosted by Toronto’s Alana Bridgewater and Johnny Max, the Toronto edition announced five MBA winners. Garrett Mason as the Guitarist of the Year award, Toronto’s Jack de Keyzer for Electric Act of the Year, Matt Andersen for Acoustic Act of the Year, Memphis-based The Ghost Town Blues Band for the B.B. King International Artist of  the Year, and Hamilton’s Smoke Wagon Blues Band for Recording/Producer of the Year for their recent release The Ballad of Albert Johnson

Toronto’s Dione Taylor, who performed her soulful song “One More Shot” and an ingenious performance of the song “Coming Up” by Jack de Keyzer

There was also a beautiful tribute to the late John Valenteyn, co-founder of the Toronto Blues Society, radio DJ and long-time volunteer. 

On Monday, February 8th Angelique Francis and Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk) will be hosting the second stream from Ottawa. The evening will feature a performance from Ottawa’s JW-Jones and Nashville-based Indigenous artist Crystal Shawanda (originally from Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Manitoulin Island). 

Shawanda

The 24th Annual Maple Blues Awards sessions are being streamed at 8:00 PM Eastern via Facebook here and on Toronto Blues Society’s YouTube channel here.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Songs From The Back Seat of My Dad’s Cadillac

Road trip !

Every kid could not wait to get into the car with Dad. Milkshakes, ice cream and music made the Sunday drives a joy.

Have a listen below to some of the songs that played in my Dad’s Cadillac. You remember eight track players don’t ya? Please – enjoy the music as much as I did.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – New Songs Including a Cover of A Classic Aerosmith Song

New tunes breathe life into life.

Ken Whitley, Julian Taylor and Bif Naked – just a few of the new tracks released lately.

Have a listen below to new tunes and the story behind the cover of Aerosmith’s classic song; Dream On

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Rick Keene Music Scene – So You Wanna Be a Rock n’ Roll Drummer?

Powerful doubles and lightning fast triplets without ever needing a double kick pedal. 

A right foot that would even make John Bonham jealous.

So today, Larnell Lewis is going to share his best advice for improving your foot technique and making your “dream foot” a reality:

Larnell’s a rare talent.

So don’t be frustrated if you’re not immediately flying across the foot-board like him. But with some practice, you’ll see improved speed & control in your own kick foot.

Sometimes the hardest part about making these improvements is staying motivated.

That’s why it’s been amazing to have Larnell as a Drumeo Coach.

He’s streaming every Tuesday at 12:30pm (PST) inside Drumeo Edge — answering your questions, encouraging your progress, and just hanging out!

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Is Canadian Music The Ultimate Pirate Music?

All Hand Hoy ! Avast Ye.

Shiver me timbers! Sink me! Are the roots of Canadian music the playlist on every pirate ship? Savvy?

Stan Rogers

Hearties, Scallywags and Landlubbers – all hands hoay and have a listen below to the tunes of the pirates! If you don’t – you will walk the plank ! Dead men tell no tales

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Some of The Best Artists in Canada; A Winterfolk Free Streaming Preview

The show must go on.

Undeterred due to Government restrictions, Winterfolk XIX is set to stream Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th online. Registration to watch is free, and optional donations will be collected in support of the Daily Bread Foodbank.

Laura Fernandez

Please listen below to some great tunes from some of the great artists performing at Winterfolk 2021

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Interviews of 2018

They say talk is cheap …

That may be the case many times yet when music is involved – talk is an education.

In the past year, discussions took place with eighty musicians. Add multiple chats with engineers, producers or people in the music business; the list is long and informative.

All these moments above are meant to be a platform to educate anyone who listens or reads. A chance for up and coming musicians to learn and established artists to teach.

Of all the interviews in the past year – the top ten have been chosen for different reasons. All of the interviews gave value yet below are the unique ones.

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Top Ten Interviews 2018

10. Colin James

The veteran Canadian Blues guitarist is always down to earth and honest. Entering into his fifties, James has a different outlook on life including the need to not ‘disguise’ anything anymore. His knowledge of The Blues’ history is vast and his energy to share is immense. A new album and a new tour are the tools James uses to carry on …

Colin James

9. Dweezil Zappa

It is not often one has an opportunity to speak with Rock n Roll royalty. The offspring of Frank Zappa is just that. Listening to Dweezil speak of his late father is a privilege. Only a son can relate the musicianship and thinking process behind a legend with direct knowledge. Dweezil’s own music is also related through the lens of his Dad. Frank – the ultimate muse.

8. George Thorogood

George Thorogood

Speaking to a man who is now a Rock n Roll legend is as advertised. Chatting with a man who learned his chops playing with the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Keith Richards is like earning an honorary degree. Blunt, to the point and honest – Lonesome George should not be his moniker. Long passed the days of not paying rent, Thorogood still conjures a devil-may-care attitude without the worry of going ‘out the door’. Everybody is funny and George is very funny too.

7. Kim Mitchell

The legendary musician and songwriter ( and former DJ) is a pleasure. Witty, well informed and a teenager at heart – the former front-man of Max Webster is the quintessential Canadian artist. Engaging and curious, Kim interviews back as he weaves his tales of lore. An insight into his near fatal heart attack – profound.

6. Malcolm Bruce

The son of legendary Cream bassist Jack Bruce is a chip off the bass block. Acknowledging his Father’s legacy and passing it on is first on a creative and musical list. Growing up in Rock royalty has enabled Malcolm the inside education to relive Cream’s music and add to his own. World matters? Do not get the English gentleman going. Like his Father- a lot of smarts are going on above the Bass.

5. Jean -Marc Pisapia

The front-man for The Box is animated, intelligent and appreciative of all that came his way. A unique chat which places not only The Box in perspective; the music business as well. Interesting anecdotes regarding youth, age and Fatherhood. Rarely does a man whose career hit the pinnacle faster than a speeding pick accept the equally quick demise with such happiness and distinguished responses. Part of the reason The Box has resurfaced lately with talent and songwriting that cannot be denied.

4. Andy Kim

Andy Kim

On December 1st 2018 – Andy Kim was inducted onto Canada’s Walk of Fame. This follows his already life size presence in Canada’s Music Hall of Fame. Kim is one of few Canadians that have had nine singles in the Top Forty chart and whose music has been covered by every artist imaginable. John Lennon himself was a huge fan. Say no more …

3. Gary Petersen

The original and current drummer of The Guess Who has been drumming since the beginning of Rock n Roll in the fifties. A survivor and a man whose (of late) physical impediments do not slow him down. His band – The Guess Who rivaled The Stones and The Beatles in the late sixties and early seventies. A man who knows that ‘if it ain’t got that swing’ – it don’t mean a damn thing.

2. Myles Goodwyn

How many people do you know who front their band for over four decades? How many songwriters in Canada have carved such a unique place in music. How many people do you know who wrote a song which was the first Canadian video to be played on MTV? The multiple Juno award winner and a member of Canada’s Music Hall of Fame recently released a book and a new album which uncovers his first love The Blues.

Alan Parsons

The Beatles started it all and Alan Parsons was there. Along with Geoff Emerick and George Martin – Parsons worked on the albums Let It Be and Abbey Road. If that weren’t enough – Alan also worked on The Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd. Mr. Parsons then went on to write, produce and engineer one of the top bands of the eighties – The Alan Parsons Project. One of the most sought after technicians in the music business and a man with an astute ear for music.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Concerts of 2018

Attending all live music in Montreal is impossible.

Practically every crook and nook contains rhythms and vibes. World music, Blues, Rock – you name it, music is alive and well in the city .

Not all live music is performed by local musicians. Regularly – like pirates from a distant land; musicians arrive. They rape and pillage the souls of Montrealers and then they are gone. Gold pieces filling their guitar cases.

Arriving with a Top Ten Concerts List is not possible if integrity is involved. The simple fact that many live shows were missed adds to the incomplete puzzle. The most beautiful woman in the world, after all – is a choice ripe in location.

Please dissect the Top Ten Concerts of 2018 below with the knowledge they have been chosen from a well of sixty. Deep enough to siphon an amount comparable to the elite.

Top Ten Concerts of 2018

10. Steve Hackett

The former guitar player from Genesis loves playing in Montreal and Montreal loves having him. There are few guitar players in the world that play better than their glory years. Age is not kind to many. Hackett’s playing filled with an ever – growing knowledge and his touring band; second to none. Within the realm of Place des Arts, perfection is continually aimed for and forever obtained. A must see every time Steve is here.

9. Kim Churchill

The multi-talented singer/ songwriter from Down Under is ( for the most part) under the radar. Such is the sad state of mass media when artists that possess more talent than Boy George, scrape and claw to make a living. Kim’s live show is filled with musical and physical energy as Churchill trades keys, guitars, beat boxes and dancing with himself. The tunes are filled with Kim’s vocals emerging from his soul. Ballads mirror the journey of an artist in search of knowledge as he travels the globe.

8. Dr. Lonnie Smith

How many artists have mastered their craft for fifty years as a live performer? How many have mastered their instrument and continue to gain praise and achievements into their golden age? Dr. Lonnie Smith is the most sought after Hammond B3 player on the planet. Mostly due to not only hard work, Smith maintains an ability to grow by reaching into multiple genres and artists. Dr. Smith put on a Jazz clinic at Le Gesu as part of The Montreal International Jazz Festival. Every great commercial keyboard player on a Rock n Roll / Pop / Blues list will be erased following a performance by Dr. Lonnie Smith.

7. Jack Broadbent

Broadbent contains no bells nor whistles. A man, a chair, a guitar and a beer. Witnessing a live show by Broadbent conjures images of the old Delta Blues guys who laid down the framework for all music today. Bottleneck slide, a raspy voice and tunes dark like the night and crisp like a cold grey dawn. Songwriting combined with acute covers to remind everyone where Jack came from and at the same time – evolving into the future based on the past.

6. Jim Cuddy Band

Canadian music is filled with roots. Country, Folk and Blues intertwined with the vast landscape of Canada looming in the background like a canvas painted by the Group of Seven. Add Jim Cuddy, Barney Bentall and Jim’s two up and coming sons – the evening was as pure as pure could be. Every artist on stage taking turns in the spotlight showcasing their ability to headline on their own. Jim Cuddy has assembled a dream band to distract from his Blue Rodeo job. Not a bad side gig.

5. Jordan Officer

Quebec’s own Jordan Officer has made the leap. Opening up for one of his boyhood idols, Officer more than held his own as the opener for George Thorogood. Those in attendance unfamiliar with the most talented guitar player in Quebec and student of the Blues left with a deer-in-the-headlights look on their faces.The trio combined with Officer’s ability to play guitar unlike all Blues players in the province ( fiddle as well), elevated music to an entire different level. Rarely does an opening act place immense pressure on the headliner. Thorogood and his Destroyers must have been shaking in their boots.

4. Steven Wilson

Cut from the Prog Rock cloth – Wilson (known mainly for his band Porcupine Tree) is a man who makes Dave Grohl appear talent-less. Mainstream gravitates towards the flavor of the moment and those willing to sell their souls. Wilson is a true artist along the lines of Brian Wilson (albeit in a different genre). An Engineer, a producer, a multi instrumentalist and a premiere songwriter who avoids the fame. His band – oozing musical integrity like a bleeding Van Gogh. Balladry interrupting perfectly crafted instrumental based high caliber Rock with a toe inside the Prog. A must see for all music fans.

3. Cecile Mclorin Salvant

If Cecile had arrived on the scene forty or fifty years ago, she would be revered like Etta James, Billie Holiday and Etta James (to name a few). Blessed with the voice of several angels – Salvant’s range is second to none. A no frills performer who sings for the right reasons. Combining the sweetness of honey and the strength of a whiskey straight up,Cecile’s performance as part of the Jazz Festival was an evening for purists. Salvant did not disappoint.

2. Beth Hart

Honesty is the best policy. Beth Hart is the most down to Earth raw female performer on the planet. Then she takes that integrity and sings with the same convictions. Listening to Hart is almost like witnessing an accident on the side of the road that never happens. Akin to Keith Richards’ about to fall down walk – Hart invites concern. Once she stops running and drops the scissors – the most natural voice in the universe becomes the star. Blues, Rock and Jazz-inspired tunes fill the night with wonderment. Talent oozes down the aisles as Hart follows the notes into the audience with love and appreciation. An interactive experience with Hart’s vulnerabilities as the headliner.

1.Ranee Lee

Montreal’s Queen of Jazz put on the most memorable performance this city has maybe ever seen. The day before her appearance at the Montreal international Jazz Festival – Ranee lost her musical muse and husband. A devastating moment for anyone and a life altering moment.

Under extreme emotional circumstances – Ranee decided the show must go on as her husband Richard would have wanted.

Any show completed would have gained a standing ovation due to the circumstances. Heartbreak on the sleeves and a hole in the heart can be the wind that pushes the tightrope walker off the thin line. A musical death would have been accepted without critique.

Ranee reached deep. Ranee reached long. Ranee reached hard. As if Richard was seated next to her – Lee put on the performance of a lifetime. Holiday, James, Washington – the ladies of Lee’s youth appeared live through Ranee’s vocals. The strength and the power increasing as the night went on. Lee’s passion for the history and the music growing stronger as the mountain of grief lay before her. The stamina not giving in to the tiredness she felt. The glow of her husband leading the way like the star of a musical Bethlehem guiding Ranee’s soul through the dark.

One evening when the realities of life could not be avoided changed The Montreal International Jazz Festival into a mystical place. One woman who took on the realities of life with courage transformed The Montreal International Jazz festival into Magic.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Musical Chat by ‘Christmas’ Candlelight with The Lyric Theater Singers

Face it – Christmas is special …

Every year in December, the Lyric Theater Singers get to work. They rehearse and practice new and old arrangements of Christmas tunes.

This year is no different.

Please listen below to my chat with Chris  Barillaro – a lifelong employee of music and second banana to the musical director of The Lyric Theater Singers – Bob Bachelor.

Chris? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – An ‘Engineered’ Discussion with Alan Parsons.

Alan Parsons got his start working with George Martin and Geoff Emerick. Not too shabby eh?

Learning from the likes of Martin and Emerick – gifted  Parsons with a foundation. One that has made him one of the most sought after engineers and producers in music.

Emerick and Parsons

Please listen below to my chat with Alan Parsons about Geoff Emerick, sound recording and Alan’s new album – his first in fifteen years.

Alan? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Steve Hackett Is ‘Selling England by the Pound’ Part Two.

It was a ‘rushed’ album.

Genesis’ landmark record was in fruition before it was in fruition. Several of the songs were thoughts in the heads of Peter Gabriel,Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett.

It was guitarist Hackett who came up with the idea for perhaps what was the deciding song in Genesis’ soon-to-be upcoming superstar status. It was also an album where Steve Hackett made his mark as a guitar player.

Please listen below to Part Two of my chat with Steve about Selling England By The Pound.

Steve? What’s up?

 

Steve Will be in Montreal September 21st and 22nd. Get Tickets Here !

Visit Steve Here 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Steve Hackett Is ‘Selling England by the Pound’

It was a ‘rushed’ album.

Genesis’ landmark record was in fruition before it was in fruition. Several of the songs were thoughts in the heads of Peter Gabriel,Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett.

It was guitarist Hackett who came up with the idea for perhaps what was the deciding song in Genesis’ soon-to-be upcoming superstar status. It was also an album where Steve Hackett made his mark as a guitar player.

Please listen below to Part One of my chat with Steve about Selling England By The Pound.

Steve? What’s up?

 

Steve Will be in Montreal September 21st and 22nd. Get Tickets Here !

Visit Steve Here 

 

 

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