Rick Keene Music Scene – Weekend Music News and Tunes

Time to put your troubles away.

Lots of music news happening and lots of tunes coming your way.

Music creates peace and is a welcome oasis – a vacation from the troubles that surround you.

Please enjoy the weekend and forget about the craziness of the world around you.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Toronto’s Kensington Market Jazz Festival Announces 2020 Virtual Festival Lineup

Jazz is in the air.

Saturday, November 7th & Sunday, November 8th

Starting at 5:00pm EST

The show is set to go on: Toronto’s acclaimed Kensington Market Jazz Festival has announced the first lineup of artists set for feature in their first-ever virtual edition this November 7th and 8th — including Jackie Richardson, Joe Sealy, Dave Young, Robi Botos, Mike Downes, Larnell, Billy Newton-Davis, and more!

The weekend will also include two yet-to-be announced special guest performances from Champian Fulton and Brandi Disterheft.



While the Festival’s format streamed to KensingtonJazz.com may look a little different this year, the spirit remains the same, steadfast in its commitment to delight audiences far and wide with some of the country’s best in jazz.

“Over the past five years, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival has been proud to showcase hundreds of established musicians on the Toronto and Canadian jazz scene in one of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods in the heart of Toronto’s heritage district,” says Festival founder, singer-songwriter, artist and philanthropist Molly Johnson. “However, in these pandemic times, we are all forced to experience a different capacity of life. This year, we’ve had to make some tough choices and, though producing within a limited schedule was very difficult for the KMJF team, we are pleased to present a two-day festival with online shows that can be enjoyed by Canadians coast to coast!”

The Kensington Market Jazz Festival 2020 Lineup: 

Saturday, November 7th — (Hosted by Garvia Bailey)

5:00 pm: Colleen Allen Group + Kalabash

5:30 pm: Heather Luckhart + Attila Fias

6:00 pm: Stu Mac + Stu Harrison

6:30 pm: Kevin Barrett + Rebecca Campbell

7:00 pm: Jay Douglas

7:30 pm: Genevieve Marentette + KC Roberts

8:00 pm: Angela Turone + Chris Platt

8:30 pm: Joanna Majoko + Andrew Marzotto

9:00 pm: Laura Hubert + Nathan Hiltz

9:30 pm: Barnes + Woldemichael ETHIOJAZZ Quartet

10:00 pm: Barbra Lica + James Bryan

10:30 pm: John Alcorn + Reg Schwager

11:00 pm: Shakura S’aida

Sunday, November 8th — (Hosted by John Devenish)

5:00 pm: Chris Butcher Band

5:30 pm: The Bullen Family

6:00 pm: Alex Pangman Trio

6:30 pm: Micah Barnes Trio

7:30 pm: Laila Biali Trio

8:30 pm: Jackie Richardson, Joe Sealy, Dave Young

9:00 pm: Robi Botos, Mike Downes, Larnell Lewis

11:00 pm: Billy Newton-Davis Trio

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Dancing Those Covid Blues Away

‘May as well jump!’

In the wake of Eddie Van Halen’s death, the above lyrics could not be more fitting. When life deals you lemons and viruses – what else can you do?

Music heals and is a welcome oasis. A vacation from the troubles that surround you.

Please dance to some tunes below as you digest the craziness of the world. Also find out about Rock for Dimes and how you can help put money into the pockets of musicians.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Watch One of The Finest Music Shows in History ! Jazz for America !

A concert unlike any other.

How often do you get to see the likes of John Scofield, Christian McBride and Ravi Coltrane on the same night?

Add eleven more of the finest Jazz artists on the circuit and the entire night is hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater?

Please click on the link below and buy a ticket to a virtual experience you will never forget !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – New Tunes Under The Cone of Silence

Privacy is a growing concern.

Apps, tracking and location on all our ‘essential’ devices are making it difficult to take a necessary pause from reality.

Music creates peace and is a welcome oasis – a vacation from the troubles that surround you.

Please enjoy some tunes below as you digest the craziness of the world around you.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Tunes and Music News You Need to Know

Sit right down.

Kick off your shoes and enjoy some important news for musicians and listen to some great new tunes !

Have a drink. Do you want beer with that or perhaps a glass of wine?

Please enjoy some tunes below as you digest the the craziness of the world around you.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Spend Sunday Night with Rick (But You Bring the Pizza)

Come on in and sit right down.

So much new music arrives at my home – a ‘second hand news’ store could be opened up.

Relax and have a slice of pizza. Do you want beer with that or perhaps a glass of wine?

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Please enjoy some tunes below as you digest the bacon,ham, pepperoni and cheese.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Unmasking Music News and New Tunes

You learn a little bit everyday. If you want to.

New music arrives with music news and vice versa. You cannot have one without the other. The learning curve cannot be flattened unless you want it to be.

Canadians deliver tunes each day to unsuspecting audiences. Have a listen below to some new Canadian tracks and some interesting music news.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Deep Cuts of The Rolling Stones

It is too hard to pick a ‘few’ Rolling Stones’ songs most people do not know.

With such a vast catalog covering fifty – eight years; the ‘unknown’ tunes are a career for most bands.

Have a listen below to some of The Rolling Stones’ songs which may be new to you?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Grab the Popcorn! It is Time for New Tunes

In the words of Emo Philips; ‘It Is New to me’.

New music arrives hourly. The trick is knowing where to find it.

Canada offers tunes each day to unsuspecting audiences. Have a listen below to some of those new tracks and some music news.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Rock / Pop Done The Jazz Way

A good song is a good song …

No matter how you toss it around – a musical salad still tastes good no matter who made it.

Please listen below to some interesting Jazz arrangements and ideals from Canada’s own; AIMEE-JO BENOIT

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Rick Keene Music Scene -Don’t Take Those Condoms Out Just Yet; It Is Time for New Tunes !

Something borrowed …

Music arrives more frequently than a Covid headline. Music is made so often – babies always have instant music.

Sammy Jackson

Canada offers tunes each day to suspecting and unsuspecting audiences. Have a listen below to some of those new tracks and some music news.

Billy Ray CyrusWritten and Produced in Canada

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Fifty-Five Years; Fifty- Five Minutes of Musical Influences

A person listens to a lot of music in fifty -five years.

Almost immediately upon birth, music is introduced. Chances are a soft nursery rhyme or perhaps classical music is dangling above your head as you lay comfortably in a crib. More likely; Mom is singing you to sleep.

Please listen below to some of the songs that started my love affair with music over the past fifty-five years.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Listen to The Sunday Papers

It is the day to unwind.

It is a day of rest traditionally and not to be bombarded by negativity or work. The mind requires a haven, a place to recharge and build immunity.

Sammy Jackson

Canada has a lot to offer each day through music and if a Canadian musician is not performing on a tune ; chances are, a Canadian is involved somehow.

Billy Ray CyrusWritten and Produced in Canada

Please listen below to some of The Best New Music (including Billy Ray Cyrus), some Music News and Things That Make You Go Hmmm …

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Wide Mouth Mason; A Musical ‘Stew’ and Tales with The Stones

Sometimes – music is good enough to have a second go round …

Wide Mouth Mason have been around. The album Stew helped launch them into the worlds of AC / DC, ZZ Top and The Rolling Stones.

Sean Verreault – Right

Stew was an album which was the band’s funkiest project. Diversity is the key to keeping things fresh and WMM enjoys keeping things fresh.

Please listen below as Shaun Verreault discusses opening for The Stones and the reason why Wide Mouth Mason do not rest on their laurels.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Don’t Live in the Past; Explore the Future …

If The Beatles did not play live, there would have been no records and no radio airplay.

What would the world of music and the world itself be like if that did not happen? Artists need to grow and be heard if music will continue to soothe the souls of the planet. The souls need music more than ever right now.

Salome Bey – 1933 -2020

Please listen below to some of The Best New Music and Some Music News

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Dr. Trevor Payne Pays Tribute To Salome Bey

All rise.

Salome Bey was one of a kind. An artist. A person whose tools made an impact on the world.

Scroll below to Listen To My Interview with Dr. Trevor Payne

Salome Bey (October 10, 1933 – August 8, 2020) was an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter, composer, and actress who lived in Toronto Ontario since 1966.

In 2005, she was made an honorary Member of the Order of Canada.

Born to a middle-class African-American family in New Jersey, Bey formed a vocal group with her brother Andy Bey and sister Geraldine Bey (de Haas), known as Andy and the Bey Sisters. She performed in local clubs and toured North America and Europe. After moving to Toronto in 1964 and playing the jazz club circuit, she became known as “Canada’s First Lady of Blues”.

Bey appeared on Broadway in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award for her work on the cast album. She put together a blues & jazz cabaret show on the history of black music, Indigo – which earned her the Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding performance. The show was later taped for TV networks.

Bey recorded two albums with Horace Silver, and released live albums of her performances with the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir and at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

She was part of the Canadian super-group Northern Lights which performed the charity single “Tears Are Not Enough” in 1985. Bey can be seen in the music video for the song singing the line “Every woman, child and man” with Mark Holmes of Platinum Blonde and Lorraine Segato of The Parachute Club.

Beginning in her early sixties, Bey began showing signs of dementia. As of 2011 her illness had progressed to the point that she could no longer perform.

Please listen below as Dr. Trevor Payne of The Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir Pays Homage to Salome Bey.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Saturday, In The Park …

All rise.

“We hear that phrase when presidents or judges come into the room,” says Porter, “but I’m thinking all of us rise – not just one person being exalted. We are all exalted and lifted up by love. This is my political thought and my real truth. It comes from my personality, my mother’s personality, the personality of the blues, and of black people. It’s this idea of making do with the scraps, of resurrection and ascension, and of whatever the current situation is, it can get better through love.” 

– Gregory Porter

Selwyn Birchwood is a master storyteller—both lyrically and musically. He’s an impressive, hard-crunching, modern blues guitarist. His fretwork is high-energy, raw and vivid…knife-edged leads and roadhouse-rattling grooves. He is graced with a depth and maturity that would be impressive in a grizzled veteran, let alone a fresh-faced young man.” —Living Blues

Shemekia Copeland is one of the great blues voices of our time. No one comes close to the sheer firepower that Copeland conjures at will.”
Chicago Tribune

Champian Fulton Celebrates Charlie Parker’s Centennial with Birdsong
Featuring Tenor Saxophonist Scott Hamilton 

Due out August 28, 2020 

Jimmy Heath, a prolific saxophonist, composer and bandleader who played alongside some of the biggest names of jazz, including Miles Davis and John Coltrane, has died.

Heath died Sunday morning in Loganville, Georgia of natural causes, his grandson told NPR. He was 93 years old. His family was at his side, including his wife of 60 years, Mona Heath, his children Mtume and Rozie, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his brother, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath.

In a career that spanned seven decades, Heath brought the bebop he loved to big bands — and into the 21st century.

Heath is best known as a saxophonist, but he wrote and arranged music throughout his life. In 2013, when he was 87 years old, he told NPR it was important to be a complete musician. “Not just to stand up and improvise,” he stressed. “You know, you got to compose. I want to be a person who can compose, and leave something here for posterity.”

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Spend An Afternoon with Rick

Some things cannot be explained.

Out of the air – signals are transmitted to artists everywhere. Some soft, some hard – most magnificent in their originality.

Please listen below to some of The Best New Music and Some Music News

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best New Tunes

Music is created everyday.

Music knows no disease and it is the ultimate cure for most ailments.

Please listen below to some of The Best New Music Released This Week

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Monday New Tunes and Beware the Ides of June?

The Ides are in every month whether you eat a Caesar salad or not …

Monday is the day many establishments reopen around the world. Be afraid or breathe a sigh of relief ? Your call.

In the words of Paul McCartney; ‘Live and let die?’

Please listen below to some of The Best New Music Released This Week and Some Music Information.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best New Tunes

Music is created everyday.

Music knows no disease and it is the ultimate cure for most ailments.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Best New Tunes

Music is created everyday.

Music knows no disease and it is the ultimate cure for most ailments.

Please listen below to some of The Best New Music Released This Week

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal’s Top Musicians

The best music is not always greener on the other side of the street.

Montreal is a hotbed for musicians of all genres and styles. The diversity and the language make Montreal as unique as a two horned Unicorn.

Please listen below to some of Montreal’s Best Bands and Solo Artists.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Burger Town Blues Playlist

“If you cannot pay your rent – that’s The Blues …”

Howlin’ Wolf’s quote above defines The Blues more than most. The Blues are the cornerstone of popular music as we know it and it is the most enduring genre of music in it’s purest form.

Most people walking around on this planet are struggling. The elite, the Kings and Queens – oblivious to the troubles of the every-man and woman. The Blues is the music of the people.

Please listen below to Burger Town’s Blues Playlist

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Smoke Meat Pete Blues Playlist

“If you cannot pay your rent – that’s The Blues …”

Howlin’ Wolf’s quote above defines The Blues more than most. The Blues are the cornerstone of popular music as we know it and it is the most enduring genre of music in it’s purest form.

Most people walking around on this planet are struggling. The elite, the Kings and Queens – oblivious to the troubles of the every-man and woman. The Blues is the music of the people. A beacon for common sense to unite and prosper from the knowledge they are not alone. Money, relationships, addictions – all part of the inner conflicts which are paraded on stages throughout the world in the form of The Blues.

Smoke Meat Pete

Please listen below to Smoke Meat Pete’s Blues Playlist

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Rick Keene Music Scene – 40 Canadian Artists Announced as International Songwriting Competition Winners

You need soul to write.

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its 2019 winners. Established in 2002, ISC is the world’s largest international songwriting competition, receiving over 18,000 entries from 140 countries in 2019. More than $150,000 in cash and merchandise is awarded to 71 winners in 23 categories covering all genres of music.

First Place Winner –
Singer/Songwriter Tim Moxam

ISC is pleased to announce that 40 Canadian songs are winners in the competition, garnering two First Places, one Second Place, four Third Places, and 33 Honorable Mentions.


“Canada has a long tradition of great songwriters, and this continues to be reflected in ISC’s winners,” said Candace Avery, Founder/Director of ISC. “Every year, Canadians excel in the competition, and we are proud to celebrate their artistry and achievements.”


Winning ISC is an honor awarded to many artists whose careers have been successful. Previous winners have included: Illenium; Vance Joy; Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Kehlani; Faouzia; Gregory Porter; Fantastic Negrito; Passenger; Lupe Fiasco; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; For King and Country; Dean Lewis; and many more. 

For a complete list of 2019 winners and to hear the winning songs, visit here.

Harpdog Brown

The list of 2019 Canadian winners is as follows:


First Place Winners


“Honesty” – Tim Moxam – Toronto, ON, Canada – Music Video
“I Do” – Khalid Yassein, Devan Glover, Robyn Dell’Unto (Wild Rivers) – Toronto, ON, Canada – Folk/Singer-Songwriter

Second Place Winner


“Istanbul” – Scot Robinson, Bobby Cameron (Scot Free Sessions) Edmonton, AB, Canada – Lyrics Only


Third Place Winners


“Fingerblasting Women” – Avery Pearson, Scout Durwood (Scout & Avery) – Toronto, ON, Canada – Comedy/Novelty
“I Am The Storm” – Carl Bernard – Kitchener, ON, Canada – Lyrics Only
“Let Me Go” – Mathew van Vooght, Dan Mangan (Mathew V) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Performance
“No Eyes For Me” – Harpdog Brown, Mike Ross – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Blues


For a list of Honorable Mentions, visit here.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Smoke Meat Pete Blues Playlist

“If you cannot pay your rent – that’s The Blues …”

Howlin’ Wolf’s quote above defines The Blues more than most. The Blues are the cornerstone of popular music as we know it and it is the most enduring genre of music in it’s purest form.

Most people walking around on this planet are struggling. The elite, the Kings and Queens – oblivious to the troubles of the every-man and woman. The Blues is the music of the people. A beacon for common sense to unite and prosper from the knowledge they are not alone. Money, relationships, addictions – all part of the inner conflicts which are paraded on stages throughout the world in the form of The Blues.

Smoke Meat Pete

Please listen below to Smoke Meat Pete’s Blues Playlist

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Rick Keene Music Scene – 41st Annual Blues Music Awards

“If you cannot pay your rent – that’s The Blues …”

On Sunday, May 3, The Blues Foundation announced the winners of the 41st Annual Blues Music Awards, the blues world’s highest honors. Newcomer Christone “Kingfish” Ingram led all recipients with five awards, winning in every category in which he was nominated. He took the trophies for Album Of The Year, Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year and Best Emerging Artist Album for his Alligator Records debut, Kingfish. He was also named Contemporary Male Blues Artist Of The Year and Best Instrumentalist – Guitar.

The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling (with Moss on guitar and Gruenling on harmonica) was named Band Of The Year, and won in all three categories in which they were nominated. Their Alligator Records album Lucky Guy! won Traditional Blues Album Of The Year. The album’s title track, written by Moss, won the Song Of The Year award.

Two other Alligator artists were also award winners. Vocalist Shemekia Copeland won for Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year. Rick Estrin, leader of Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, won for Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica.

The 41st Annual Blues Music Awards ceremony, hosted by Shemekia Copeland from her home, was presented online with contributions from artists all over the world. Presenters included Charlie Musselwhite, Warren Haynes, Fantastic Negrito, Ruthie Foster, William Bell, Beth Hart, and Keb’ Mo’.

Copeland

The awards were originally scheduled to be presented in Memphis on May 7, 2020, before being moved online due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Complete List of Winners Here

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Smoke Meat Pete’s Blues History

“If you cannot pay your rent – that’s The Blues …”

Howlin’ Wolf’s quote above defines The Blues more than most. The Blues are the cornerstone of popular music as we know it and it is the most enduring genre of music in it’s purest form.

Most people walking around on this planet are struggling. The elite, the Kings and Queens – oblivious to the troubles of the every-man and woman. The Blues is the music of the people. A beacon for common sense to unite and prosper from the knowledge they are not alone. Money, relationships, addictions – all part of the inner conflicts which are paraded on stages throughout the world in the form of The Blues.

Smoke Meat Pete

Please listen below to some history of The Blues on Smoke Meat Pete’s Blues Playlist

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