Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Concerts of 2019

No man can be everywhere.

A music fan, a radio guy or a journalist. It is impossible to attend all live shows which take place in Montreal. Venues such as L’Astral, Corona, Bell Center, Place Bell, Le Gesu, MTelus, Place des Arts – even Smoke Meat Pete. Live music is alive and well in Montreal and surrounding areas.

Every year since 2012 – I compile a list of the Top Ten Concerts which I attended. All genres, all venues were my place of study as I witnessed some of the best musical acts to pass through Montreal as well as local talent.

Without further ado – here is my list of …

Top Ten Montreal Concerts of 2019

10. Holly Cole Trio

Holly has taken a beating in the past decade. Her star falling from the ‘commercial graces’ as a younger generation moves in. At Le Ministere as part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal – Holly surprised many. A new look but an old sound provided standards and new tunes the space in which the audience could breathe. No bells, no whistles and no egos on stage. Cole singing and the musicians playing. The way vocal jazz should be played.

9. Foreigner

Although Mick Jones is the only original member in the band – a great Rock n Roll show is a great Rock n Roll show.The list of bands with two hours of non stop hits can be written on a napkin. Foreigner is one of those bands who deliver the songbook of American Arena Rock with energy and passion. The most jaded or suspicious fan who attended the show at Place des Arts in March – left dancing and smiling as they left the building maneuvering the cold and ice.

8. Jake Clemons

The genes are there. Jake is the nephew of The Big Man – Clarence Clemons. Clarence has left for the big stage in the sky and Jake has replaced his uncle in Springsteen’s E Street Band. The name and the Sax are not the reason Jake puts on a great show. Great original tunes from his new album as well as playing keys, guitar and singing. The lyrics within his originals a message of peace and understanding in a world ripe with hatred. A passionate show not to be missed.

7. Whitehorse

Luke and Melissa showed up at L’Astral with a band. A first time for this husband and wife duo who have taken Canada by storm in the past ten years. Normally the pair take care of all instruments in all their original tracks. Luke and Melissa exchanging roles on drums, keys and guitars with backtracks looping it together. Adding a drummer and a keyboard player gave the pair more freedom to concentrate on vocals, guitars and bass.Whitehorse were great before – it is now a different level entirely and the future seems brighter than ever.

6. George Benson

Well – who knew? Benson has written some of the most memorable tunes in history and at the age of seventy-six; he can still play the heck out of his guitar. Add his unwavering vocals and an elite backing band – Place des Arts was transformed into Broadway for one analytical musical experience as part of the Montreal Jazz Festival. Inspiring.

5. Buddy Guy / Colin James

The past few times in Montreal, Buddy was starting to ‘talk’ too much during shows. Preaching the history of The Blues as one of the last men standing. On the 6th of July, the night he received The B.B. King Award as part of The Montreal Jazz Festival – Buddy let his guitar playing speak loudly. Sure the preaching was still there and Buddy chooses opportune moments when to play and when to rest. He has earned that right and when he does play a lick or a solo – no guitar player in the world makes such a distinguished statement. Historical in song and historical in the ‘teachers’ who taught him. Historical and still writing history.

4. Michael Buble

I know what you are thinking. Buble is a treasure. A throwback to when singers were just singers. No critical social media audiences attacking everyone for everything. Buble’s show at The Bell Center with an orchestra and backup singers is a treat for the ears and eyes. A feel good evening with old fashioned Canadian humor, crowd interaction and a feeling of love. If a music concert had to replace a Stanley Cup final – Buble is the Conn Smythe winner.

3.Bryan Adams

Like Foreigner – Adams has the hits. No Canadian artist has been as commercially successful since 1980. Energy, ballads and memories engulfed The Bell Center for over two hours. Three chords never traveled so well outside The Rolling Stones’ bubble. Adams is a Canadian historical treasure and his legend and tunes will only get stronger as the current state of Rock n Roll pales in comparison to Adams’ energetic set-list. Add the immense love women and romantics have for Bryan’s love songs – a recipe for success.

2. Alan Parsons Live Project

The man engineered The Beatles’ album Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon. If anyone knows music it is Alan Parsons. In February at Place des Arts, Parsons and his band of ‘gypsies’ delivered a lesson in the nuances of music. The softness – the flows and ebbs of an orchestral concert with a dabbing of Pop hits. Extreme vocals, extreme instruments enjoying and perfecting their individual places within each song. A masterpiece painted before a crowd equipped with the knowledge to appreciate and understand it all.

1.Peter Frampton

Everyone knows ‘the album’. Everyone is aware of the short and meteoric rise of Peter Frampton. Not everyone is ‘in the know’ of just how great a guitar player Frampton is. During The Montreal Jazz Festival and within Frampton’s Farewell Tour – Peter and his band awed the audience. Some punters there for the hits. Some audience members there for The Humble Pie catalog. Most there to witness a historic figure in Rock n Roll. The band rolled and Frampton rocked. Bluesy rock chords resonating throughout and perhaps the largest achievement was during Frampton’s homage to Chris Cornell during Black Hole Sun. A tip of the fedora goes to any artist who can evoke standing ovations from songs that many have not heard before. The audience came alive along with Frampton for the final time in Montreal and the final jaunt around the world.

Coming Soon – Top Ten Interviews of 2019

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Holly Cole; Like a Fine Wine

Some things improve with age.

Holly Cole has always been great. She has always been a throwback to the glory days of female jazz singers. With her vocal range diving deep within the depths of notes and rising to the surface – Cole has always ‘nailed it.’ Last night as part of the Montreal Jazz Festival, Holly nailed it once more.

Trust in Me, My Foolish Heart and even Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues were delivered by Holly in an aw shucks forceful type of way. Perhaps from the viewpoint of a woman (or person) approaching their ‘senior discount age’ – Cole knows she has nothing left to prove with an ego. At 55, it is time to allow the talent to talk exclusively. Who needs attitude? It is that time in one’s life to enjoy every moment. Holy Cole seemingly is in that mindset on stage.

Cole started the night out with two musicians forming a trio. A typical approach by Cole to inject some ‘real’ jazz into the crowd. Two minutes in and the audience were transported to the 20’s and 30’s and a time when Jazz was to America what Pop was during the 1980s. Cole on vocals, David Piltch on bass and Aaron Davies on piano. A menage a trois with no limits. A menage a trois open to voyeurism with an eager audience at their feet.

Down Down Down, My Baby Just Cares for Me and a cool rendition of I Can See Clearly Now had the mostly middle age to senior crowd caught in the headlights. When cars pass you by daily on the street with Rap, Hip Hop and Rock n Roll scaring you awake with loudness, a Holly Cole concert is a welcome shock to the system. In this day and age, music with harmony, soul and meaningful lyrics are more of an oddity. Classic Jazz is wondrous once the ears settle in.

John Johnson and David DiRenzo arrived on the scene ( horns and drums ) and the trio evolved into a comfortable shoe. Cole walked within the sound of the band and among her friends with a certain lightness. That weightlessness carried Cole through the second half. In song, she was all business. Hitting every note with ease. Between songs the banter was small but cozy enough to allow the gap between audience and performer to close. In other words, with about six tunes left, Cole had the punters at her mercy.

With a new album under her belt (2018’s Holly) and a what appears to be a permanent reunion with her initial trio, Cole’s career seems vital once more. At a time when most people start thinking of retirement, Cole appears to be ready to roll.

Some things improve with age.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Some Great Jazz Albums of 2019

Real music is not always ‘sold’ through mainstream avenues.

That does not mean the albums in question are not ‘good enough’ or not sold through mainstream, it means good music must be sought out.

Here are just a few albums than music lovers should add to their collection. Buy albums, attend shows and keep music alive.

Please Scroll down and listen to selected tracks from the albums.

Michael Eaton
Dialogical

May 3, 2019
Destiny Records

Dialogical is Michael Eaton’s second release. The album is augmented by Lionel Loueke on guitar and vocals. Alongside Eaton on tenor/soprano saxophones is his long-time ensemble consisting of Brad Whiteley on piano,  Daniel Ori on bass and gimbri and Shareef Taher on drums. Also featured is Jon Crowley on trumpet, James Brandon Lewis and Sean Sonderegger on tenor saxophones, Cheryl Pyle on flute, Dorian Wallace on piano, Brittany Anjou on vibraphone and gyil, Enrique Haneine on udu and Sarah Mullins on marimba and triangles. With an emphasis on rhythm and texture, Dialogical fuses modern jazz, minimalism, and world music.

Ralph Peterson
& Messenger Legacy Band
Alive Volume 6 at the Side Door

May 20, 2019
Onyx Productions

When it comes to Art Blakey, there is no living drummer more suited to honoring his legacy than the incomparable Ralph Peterson. As the last drummer chosen by Blakey to play by his side in the Jazz Messengers Two Drummer Big Band, Peterson is tasked with the unique responsibility to carry forth Buhaina’s torch and tradition. On Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 at the Side Door, the mission comes full circle as Peterson and the Messenger Legacy Band mark what would have been the icon’s 100th birthday. Due out on May 20 (RP’s 57th birthday) on Peterson’s own Onyx Productions label, Legacy presents Peterson in the company of five undisputed authorities and alumni of the Blakey tradition: saxophonists Bill Pierce and Bobby Watson, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, and bassist Essiet Essiet. This double album was recorded live in October 2018 at the Side Door in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

KENNER
8Ball City

May 23, 2019
Self-release 

8Ball City features an array of international musicians including drummersDavid Frazier Jr.Noam Israeli and Diego Joaquin Ramierz, bassist Tamir Shmerling, guitarists Andrew Whitbeck and Nitzan Bar, saxophonists Clay Lyons and Jonathan Greenstein and trumpeter Wayne Tucker.  The album also features two guest masters: Jamey Haddad on percussion (Paul Simon, Yo Yo Ma, Herbie Hancock), and Tamer Pinarbasi on qanun (New York Gypsy All-stars).  This apologetically playful album integrates the soulful and the calculated, with elements of R&B and jazz coming in contact with Kenner’s classical and progressive rock influences. This album combines the grittiness of the real world- the day to day struggle, with the boundlessness of imagination. 8Ball City was recorded at Riro Muzik and Black Lodge Studio in Brooklyn, NY and at Gil Feldman’s Studio in Israel.

Sam Newsome
Chaos Theory: Song Cycles for Prepared Saxophone

June 3, 2019 
Self-release

Sam Newsome’s new solo saxophone recording, Chaos Theory: Song Cycles for Prepared Saxophone appeals to anyone willing to immerse him or herself in what’s before them: Newsome’s innovative approach to the soprano saxophone and contributions to the solo saxophone canon.

While the album is quite obviously a result of Newsome’s unapologetic desire to delve into the sonic potential of his instrument, the saxophonist’s primary concern, first and foremost, is listen-ability. Actively in search of creating music that is both fresh and relate-able, Newsome’s sound palette coddles the ear as it challenges the mind.

Brandee Younger
Soul Awakening

June 7, 2019
Self-release

Surfacing six years after its completion in 2013, Soul Awakening was recorded in 2012 under the direction of producer and bassist Dezron Douglas, and embodies the ambition, vigor and aesthetic ideals of The Brandee Younger Quartet, at and since its inception. A benchmark recording that captures the group’s collective brilliance in its infancy, Soul Awakening is a synthesis of the people, places and moments that impacted Younger most, ahead of the album’s creation. The very first album recorded by the ensemble, Soul Awakening marks the birth of Brandee Younger’s artistic signature and the reemergence of the harp as a pillar of modern popular music.  Brandee will be celebrating this new release at the Blue Note in New York City on May 21 and May 22.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Delfeayo Marsalis; Part of Jazz Royalty

We all know the Marsalis clan. Yet – do we?

Delfeayo Marsalis is the unsung hero. The master of arranging, producing, conducting and teaching. He is also no slouch musically either. All the Marsalis’ children were raised with a social conscience and it shines through directly in Delfeayo’s release; Make America Great Again.

Plese listen below to my chat with Jazz royalty. Delfeayo? What’s up?

Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg

Everyone needs a break once in a while. Noise pollution is not good for the musical soul.  

 

 

Please enjoy some real tunes in the meantime. Rick Keene Music Scene will be back before you can say Andrei Markov !

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal En Lumiere Features Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones Plus A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going on in Montreal !

As usual …

A lot going on in Montreal.

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Montreal En Lumiere . Culinary delights, audio delights and family delights. Click here for all the information !

Green Day are hitting The Bell Center for a  show and Gordon Sumner will be at Metroplis. Who?

 

Please, have a listen below to hear what’s happening in Montreal and to listen to a great track from The Pat Travers Band, Noah Preminger and Rickie Lee Jones !

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal En Lumiere ( and Some Very Cool Tunes )

As usual …

A lot going on in Montreal. Music-wise and … well, let’s not go there.

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Montreal En Lumiere gets underway this week. Culinary delights, audio delights and family delights. Click here for all the information !

 Maroon 5 are hitting The Bell Center for a couple of shows ( hopefully not on the same evening the Montreal Canadiens are playing or else Pacioretty could have moves like Mick Jagger). Click here to visit Evenko !

 

Please, have a listen below to hear what’s happening in Montreal and to listen to a bevvy of tunes from around the world !

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Rick Keene Music Scene; What is Going On ?

As usual …

A lot going on in Montreal. Music-wise and … well, let’s not go there.

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Montreal En Lumiere gets underway this week and Maroon 5 are hitting The Bell Center for a couple of shows ( hopefully not on the same evening the Montreal Canadiens are playing or else Pacioretty could have moves like Mick Jagger).

Please, have a listen below to hear what’s happening in Montreal and to listen to a bevvy of tunes from Montreal artists ! 

Thanks for listening ! Talk soon !

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; A Tribute to Stuart McLean

Stuart McLean will be missed …

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He will be missed by his family, his coworkers and his Vinyl Cafe family. Sorely and immensely.

He will also be missed by the world of the curious and the fans of human nature.

Seldom does a storyteller come around who can tug at the heartstrings without utilizing propaganda. Without using self promotional words to advance a career.

Although his stories did further his career, it appears that career came about as accidental as the plots and twists within his tales and characters. These ‘accidents’ were the cornerstones of human and Canadian behavior.

Stuart McLean, with his ‘aw shucks’ delivery and acute humor, invited everyone who listened into a world that became part of the nation’s family. Extended relatives who, as in real life, were infuriating, funny, odd and weird. Just like in real families, blood was thicker than the water in The Vinyl Cafe and that blood will flow forever.

 

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Please listen below as Stuart’s distinctive Canadian words blend with  equally distinctive Canadian music.

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Sunny Tunes for Sunny Daze

We know ’em – we love ’em …

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Classic Rock tunes have a special place in our hearts. Some conjure images of a first kiss, others – that first sip of beer.

Memories created with a special soundtrack to the soul. The foundation for a lifelong affair with music.

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Regular folk ain’t the only ones who adore the tunes of yesteryear. Musicians of all genres listen and tune in to the beats of different drums. Marching and creating – rhythms all their own.

Have a listen below wont ya? Summer will be here soon.

Just relax and have a wee puff of ?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Binary’s Music Turning Heads – Two at a Time …

 

Growing up with older brothers who love music helps. Having parents that love music is a bonus. A younger brother with different tastes?

What could possibly go wrong?

Nothing …

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Jordan Gosselin is a multi-instrumentalist who has grown up with influences from every genre. Every generation that music matters.

He is now taking these experiences and incorporating them into his own music.

Please – have a listen below to some great new recordings ( demos ) and hear what Martin has planned for the future .

It’s BINARY … 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; All That Jazzy Stuff …

Jazz is a four letter word …

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Once upon a time, it was the coolest thing happening. All the cats were hip to be square long before Huey Lewis got news of it …

In a very long legacy, one which has laid the framework for music as we know it today, Jazz has evolved through many art forms. It was the original melting pot. Diversity was it’s middle name.

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Please listen below to some great new tunes and some fantastic classics. Educate and grow from the roots up. ‘Branch’ out and listen to what came before Justin Bieber …

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Favorite Interviews 2016.

Yakety-Yak – don’t talk back …

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In the past year, many musicians from all genres have been kind enough to speak with me. Giving their time and music to share stories and insights from the world of music.

Tales of recordings, the dynamics of bands or plain anecdotes from where they come. 

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To siphon the interviews into a tank of top ten – both unfair and impossible. Each artist, regardless of status, unique in their own skin. People are people. 

Below is a list of my favorite interviews from 2016. The ones which, for one reason or another, stood out and continue to reverberate inside my head and sustaining a lasting impression.

Here now are  my

Top Ten Favorite 2016 Interviews !

Thanks for Listening!

 

10.  Rob Garcia

Rob was Woody Allen’s drummer for many years in New York. One of the top ten Jazz drummers on the circuit and a veritable potpourri of musical information. 

9. Chaim Tannenbaum

The Godfather of Canadian Folk music. A ‘muse’ for Martha and Rufus Wainright. A true songwriter who – after all these years, released his first album. 

8. Corey Diabo

The guitarist for Jonas and The Massive Attraction shared his thoughts on Chuck Berry, The Blues and Rock n Roll. From the perspective of a guitar player – interesting …

7.  Richard Murrin

A Montreal singer / songwriter who took on a personal task of writing a song a day. Not only did he accomplish his goals, every song is great ! Amazing !

6. Mike Jones

Mike, a versatile pianist who has mastered the keys unlike very many, stumbled upon a magical gig. Playing piano for Penn and Teller !

5.  Steve Hill

On the heels of a Juno Award and several Maple Blues Awards, Trois Rivieres’ prodigal son returns to Rick Keene Music Scene. The same down-to-earth guy he has always been …

4. Paul Marchand

The documentary director placed his heart and soul into the making of Jaco. The life of bassist Jaco Pastorius.  A love affair which shines through in my chat.

3. Ron Sexsmith

One of Canada’s best singers / musicians and songwriters. Ron speaks of his new album. A name every music fan should be acquainted with.

2. Nanette Workman

Not too many people can say they sang back up on ‘ Can’t Always get What You Want’  – the Stones’ classic song. One of the first females to make a name in the music business.

1. Delfeayo Marsalis

The brother of Wynton and Branford. The first family of New Orleans and possibly – American Jazz. A real insight into America as it enters a new phase. Great tunes from Delfeayo’s Grammy nominated album; Make America Great Again !

Thanks to all the musicians who took time to speak with me! Every interview is a Top Ten !

 Happy New Year to all !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Favorite Interviews 2016. Part One.

Yakety-Yak – don’t talk back …

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In the past year, many musicians from all genres have been kind enough to speak with me. Giving their time and music to share stories and insights from the world of music.

Tales of recordings, the dynamics of bands or plain anecdotes from where they come. 

Nanette Workman
Nanette Workman

To siphon the interviews into a tank of top ten – both unfair and impossible. Each artist, regardless of status, unique in their own skin. People are people. 

Below is a list of my favorite interviews from 2016. The ones which, for one reason or another, stood out and continue to reverberate inside my head and sustaining a lasting impression.

Here now is Part One of my

Top Ten Favorite 2016 Interviews !

Thanks for Listening!

 

10.  Rob Garcia

Rob was Woody Allen’s drummer for many years in New York. One of the top ten Jazz drummers on the circuit and a veritable potpourri of musical information. 

9. Chaim Tannenbaum

The Godfather of Canadian Folk music. A ‘muse’ for Martha and Rufus Wainright. A true songwriter who – after all these years, released his first album. 

8. Corey Diabo

The guitarist for Jonas and The Massive Attraction shared his thoughts on Chuck Berry, The Blues and Rock n Roll. From the perspective of a guitar player – interesting …

7.  Richard Murrin

A Montreal singer / songwriter who took on a personal task of writing a song a day. Not only did he accomplish his goals, every song is great ! Amazing !

6. Mike Jones

Mike, a versatile pianist who has mastered the keys unlike very many, stumbled upon a magical gig. Playing piano for Penn and Teller !

Please – stay tuned for Part Two !

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Deck the Halls with ‘Sounds’ from Around the World and Help the Homeless.

They say it is the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. 

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Well, ‘they’ better run and tell the Mayor of Montreal and all his cronies that for 3,016 citizens, it is not the most wonderful time of the year.

That said – Christmas is always a great time for tunes !

Melodies, riffs and harmonies. Always an uplift to the darkest of souls at this time of the year.

Please listen below to some great Christmas tunes which are ‘globally’ adored.

Thanks for listening! Talk soon !

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Matt Dusk – Bringing Back Christmas in a Big Way !

There is nothing like the good ol’ days.

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Especially when Christmas comes to mind. Most people have fond memories of the Holiday Season and Matt Dusk is one of them.

In fact – Matt’s memories are so great, he decided to put together a Christmas album with a couple of guests. Traditional combined with new. A love affair with the past …

Trust me – this is your Father’s Christmas album!

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Matt Dusk and Florence K. will be at L’ Astral on Dec. 19th

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Susie Arioli; Montreal’s ‘Dearest Darlin’. Jazz Festival Review

Susie Arioli ain’t new to these parts …

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From her humble beginnings jammin’ with The Stephen Barry Band to her meteoric rise with Jordan Officer, Susie has earned her place in Montrealers hearts.

Susie took her ‘ new ‘ act to the stage of Club Soda Friday evening as part of The Montreal International Jazz Festival. New meaning – sans Officer et avec Jim Bland. Arioli, along with her band, performing many songs from her new album entitled ‘ Spring’.

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From the start with songs such as ‘ Mean to Me’,Caring Kind‘ and ‘Loverboy’, Susie’s fanbase were aware – Arioli still has those ‘golden chops’. They were also aware – Arioli still has the quit wit and realness which many artists lack at this stage of their careers. The non-fans, the newbies – getting a taste of that unique contrast Arioli possesses. Street-wise woman and elegance. A  refreshing persona ‘live’  and a voice alive with the sounds of music from yesteryear.

‘Time After Time’, ‘Me Myself and I’ and the pair of French songs ‘Je Bois’ and ‘Un Jour La Difference’ – distancing Susie from the Beyonces and Rhiannas of the world. FIJM-d3--081

In a music world filled with Pop songs, Rock songs and Country stars, Arioli sings and writes the songs that can make the whole world cry. Songs such as ‘ Husbands and Wives‘ can also make the Jazz Festival world laugh. Arioli asking the crowd before the start; ‘ Who here has fantasized about cheating?’ Guitarist Jim Bland – ‘cheatin on Susie’ with guitar work so  sensual, so easy – suddenly the entire room was fantasizing about cheating on someone. Arioli’s voice providing enough softness and juice to upend the atmosphere with sentimentality. Susie seems to choose these themes and classic melodies to deliver her passion for seduction then,  as quick as a Dean Martin drink, Arioli injects a ‘Spring’ into the steps of the night. The title track from Arioli’s latest offering and an original composition, a profound signal that Susie will be on the list, very soon – as one of this Country’s top songwriters as well.

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Al Mclean on Saxophone, without taking anything away from the band, perhaps the most important cog in the wheel within Arioli’s setlist. King – soothing and ear-popping. Adding and removing with an ease associated with hours of practice. Hours of feel. A delight and compliment to the equally adept handwork of Bland on Guitar. Arioli’s go to guys …

FIJM-d3--032‘Dearest Darling’, the Bo Diddley cover from the album ‘Spring’ – giving life to the homestretch. A reserved beat provided by drummer Greg Ritchie. Restrained chaos allowing Arioli playfulness and fodder for the fans while Ritchie pushed and pulled them into a mesmerizing groove.

The entire set list – filled with glowing gems such as ‘Travelin’ Light‘, ‘Blue Skies’ and ‘Beyond the Sea’, donating range from Susie’s catalogue of originals and covers. Andy King on Trumpet combined with Paul Shrofel’s slick and tender fingers on keys, providing the canvas to one of Montreal’s greatest Jazz singers.

On this tour and at Club Soda, Arioli placing, for the first time – original compositions on the table. Blending deliciously with the standards Susie has become known for.

Safe to say – the elusive Juno Awards Susie has been nominated for are closer to her mantelpiece than before. Knowing Susie, once in her possession – those Junos will be part of the act, front and center as the butt of a joke.

Could it be any other way ?

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Montreal En Lumiere; February 18th – March 5th

Food and music ! Can it get any better ?

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The 17th Edition of

Montreal En Lumiere

gets underway this week and aside from culinary delights and bright lights – it is an opportunity for some music stars to shine !

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Please listen below to the shows which are part of

Montreal En Lumiere

as well as other concerts in and around Montreal.

Thanks for listening !

 

*Christie Healey – my apologies

 

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Carol Welsman Returns to Montreal. It’s About Time!

It has been a learning curve …

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Carol Welsman, one of Canada’s main Jazz exports, has arrived full circle with her new album; Alone Together.

 

Following a Top Five ranking by USA Today of all genres for her last album ‘ Reflections of Peggy Lee’, Welsman’s confidence and skill have never been so high. Being included with the likes of Barbara Streisand and Mark Knopfler tends to have that type of effect.

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Please listen below as Carol explains her mindset on the new album and how the Japanese are more ‘respectful’ of American Jazz.

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Gary Moffet – Full Circle in His Musical Tastes …

Gary Moffet of April Wine fame did not ‘like to Rock’ as a teenager.

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Although the now sixty – six year old guitar player is better known as a Rock n Roll guitarist, his true passion shines through in his most recent endeavors.

Moffet is a producer, arranger, composer and songwriter. A student of music and a player who has an ear to draw the best out of his contemporaries.

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Gary has two collaborations on the go and both of them return the guitarist ‘ full circle’ in his musical ways.

Please listen below as Gary speaks of his upcoming album, his show on the 24th of October and playing with a guitar player pre – April Wine who ‘ has his chops’ . 

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The ‘Two Yoots ‘ Ain’t Bad .​.​.​.

Sometimes – kids can lead by example.

Such is the case with The Record Breakers. A bunch of teens with so much devotion to their craft, it makes adults appear lazy.

This is probably one of the reasons The Record Breakers have played more gigs than most Montreal bands this past year.

Please listen to a couple of songs from two of the members as well as a new tune by April Wine alumni Gary Moffet. Stay tuned tomorrow for my interview with Gary ….

 

 

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A Jazz Festival Preview – Halie Loren on a Saturday Night!

Halie Loren enjoys a little  ‘Northern Exposure …’

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Given the fact she was born in Alaska and the show ‘Northern Exposure ‘ is about Alaska (although not filmed there) , things have come full circle as Halie prepares for her first gig as part of The Montreal International Jazz Festival.

How does she feel?

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MTL HB5 – A Jazzy Chat About .. er … Jazz!

Montreal Hard Bop Five are reliving the past.

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A quintet quintessentially quizzing patrons on their knowledge of Jazz. Through Jazz …

Between certain years, Hard Bop Jazz was primarily dominating the Jazz circles in places such as New York. Somewhat of a forgotten art as the Jazz genre continually wrestles the talk between purists and the ‘avante garde’ crowd – Montreal Hard Bop Five ( MTL HB5 ) are attempting to end all discussions in their own way.

 

Please listen below as Frederic Grenier talks about his band and their upcoming performance on the 28th of June on Scene TD as part of The Montreal International Jazz Festival.

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Sheldon Kagan; Memories of a Concert Promoter

Sheldon Kagan has been around …

From his humble beginnings in a bachelor apartment at the age of fifteen to introducing Jazz legend Miles Davis on stage – Mr. Kagan has a few stories to tell.

Please listen to his tales of playing cards at his home with Artie Shaw and how he feels about Miles Davis – all these years later …

A true Montreal entrepreneur and a true music lover …