Rick Keene Music Scene – Joe Louis Walker; Every True Bluesman Tells a Story …

Joe Louis Walker understands the Blues …

The guitar player was around to witness the Blues being introduced to California in the late sixties and the early seventies. Being privy to guys like Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield.

Please listen below to my chat with Joe about Mike Bloomfield’s influence on The Blues scene and Joe’s new record; JourneysTo The Heart Of The Blues

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Kyra Shaughnessy; A Breath of Fresh Music Air …

Sit back and escape …

Leaving the fast paced digital age behind is something Kyra Shaughnessy wants to pass on to listeners through her music.

On her fifth release – the (now) resident of the Eastern Townships has matured into a comfortable artistic place. Combining all previous learning curves into a beautiful arc.

Please listen below to my chat with Kyra about her new album Standing Still.

Kyra what’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Max Parker; Do Not Call Him the Next Justin Bieber …

Max Parker is young, Canadian and a songwriter. That is where the comparison with Justin Bieber ends.

Max is his own person. Something he wants to make clear as his single makes it’s way into the charts.

‘Out of the Blue’ is the first single released with more on the way in the  coming months. The song showcases Max’ talents as a guy with a profound soul. Something which is essential to a songwriter. The innate ability to see the world from the outside looking in.

Please listen below to my chat with Max and hear the new single. Get a sneak preview to another tune as well.

Max? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part Two

Andy Kim is a songwriter.

He found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote How’d We Ever Get This Way?- the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits. Those hits included #1 songs Rock Me Gently and Sugar, Sugar, the latter being one of Billboard’s “Greatest Songs of All Time.

Andy is a member of Songwriters Hall of Fame and was inducted into Billboard’s Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010. Andy has sold over 30 million records with songs covered by music history’s greats; Wilson Pickett, Tom Jones, Ike & Tina Turner and Bob Marley.

Andy will be inducted onto Canada’s Walk of Fame in December! Inductions will be held at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards show at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto on December 1,2018, followed by a 20th Anniversary Gala celebration to be held at the Fairmont Royal York. The Canada’s Walk Of Fame Awards will air on CTV in December.

Please listen below to part two of my chat with Andy.

 

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Andy Kim to Be Inducted Onto Canada’s Walk of Fame; Part One

 

Andy Kim is a songwriter.

He found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote How’d We Ever Get This Way?- the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits. Those hits included #1 songs Rock Me Gently and Sugar, Sugar, the latter being one of Billboard’s “Greatest Songs of All Time.

Andy is a member of Songwriters Hall of Fame and was inducted into Billboard’s Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010. Andy has sold over 30 million records with songs covered by music history’s greats; Wilson Pickett, Tom Jones, Ike & Tina Turner and Bob Marley.

Andy will be inducted onto Canada’s Walk of Fame in December! Inductions will be held at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards show at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto on December 1,2018, followed by a 20th Anniversary Gala celebration to be held at the Fairmont Royal York. The Canada’s Walk Of Fame Awards will air on CTV in December.

Please listen below to part one of my chat with Andy.

 

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Cream’s Legacy Lives on Through the Kids of It’s Members

Cream are legendary …

Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce created something that no one had heard before.

A hybrid of Classical, Jazz and Blues music. Cutting edge kinda stuff that to this day – remains magical and untouched.

Fifty years later, the prodigal sons (and nephew) are hitting the road to pay homage to a legacy that will forever be etched into the fabric of popular music. Malcolm Bruce, Kofi Baker and Will Johns unite to recreate magic that only they can …

Please listen below to Part One of my chat with Malcolm Bruce, the son of the late Jack Bruce.

Malcolm? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Proclaimers Stun Montreal

In an odd way, it’s a shame The Proclaimers had a huge hit with I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).

The 1988 tune from the album Sunshine on Leith distracts audiences from the truth. Veritably – the Scotland raised duo / band are far better than the song which put them on the global map.

Much like Britain’s The Zombies, The Proclaimers are full tilt musicians with harmonized masterpieces around every amplifier. This group is all about the song – not the instruments. Solos are embedded poignantly and rightfully. No-one in the group steals the moment and the lights remain large and broad.

Twins Charlie and Craig Reid are the guys who wrote The Proclaimers songbook. Vocally – their fifty six year old vocal chords do not sound a day over twenty. Last evening at The Corona Theater, not a pause could be heard as the tunes came fast and furious.

Angry Cyclist, the namesake of the band’s newest disc, started the night with a proclamation. Any thoughts of an ‘oldies’ show with a one hit wonder encore were quickly dismissed. Clive Jenner (drums) set the tone with his metronome beastly rhythms. Punctuating the audience’s upcoming evening sentence with force and finesse.

Forever Young, Over and Done With and Letter From America flowed next. The latter reminding everyone why that tune peaked at #3 on the UK charts in 1986. The latter also witnessing the six piece group hitting their groove. Part Folk, part Country, part Punk , part Pop and part Rock. The sum of which makes for an interesting musical experience.

The pub in the lads shines through as the punctuated drum beat raises the vocals for drinking. Within the fine craftsmanship of the majority of The Proclaimers’ songs lay the ‘I Don’t care What He’s Saying’ chanting moments as the atmospheric tones of ‘ Spinning Around in the Air’, ‘Hate My Love’ and ‘A Way With Words’ displaces tranquility and reason. Fleeting minutes filling the minute voids left by haunting Country tunes.

Yes – whether the boys in the band (Steven Christie – Keyboards, John Kane – Bass, Zac Ware – Lead Guitar) admit it or not; The Proclaimers are very much a Country and Western Band circa the 1970s.

Misty Blue, Sunshine on Leith and Rainbows & Happy Regrets unite the good ol’ boys ghosts on stage for both wonderfully charged harmony sessions as well as complete craftsmanship. Profound songs which make the most cynical fan sit up in their chairs. Zac’s guitar work and Steven’s keys whirl off one another while not getting in the way of the rest of the band. The Reids identically hitting the ‘twang’ of classic Country while the battery of Kane and Jenner keep it crisp.

The Proclaimers turned a lot of heads before I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) turned toes upward. Not a bad tune – maybe it will be a hit one day?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Lindsay Beaver; The Real Deal !

Lindsay Beaver is the real thing …

Thus far , it has been a lifetime of discoveries for the native of Nova Scotia. Singing, drumming and a love of all genres of music starting with Jazz.

Yet it was Billie Holiday that sealed the deal and inspired Lindsay to pack up and head to Texas and make music her full time ‘job’.

Please listen below to my chat with Lindsay – a musician who has been referred to as a cross between Amy Winehouse and Little Richard.

Lindsay? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jack DeKeyzer; Remaining True to Himself on The Album Checkmate

It’s been a while since Jack DeKeyzer first heard the Blues …

The Stones and Led Zeppelin – just two of the bands who parlayed American Blues into the heart and then hands of Jack.

Spanning a career that has seen Jack open up for the likes of B.B. King, Jack pays homage to the men who inspired him. Otis Rush, Elmore James and Muddy Waters to name a few.

Please listen below to my chat with Jack about the new album Checkmate. Hear some of the tunes as well !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Senri Oe Makes the Successful Transition from Pop to Jazz

Jazz is everywhere – even in J-Pop music …

 

Senri Oe was one of the biggest Pop stars in Japan. When one of his band mates died unexpected, Senri decided life was short.

He turned his attention to Jazz and moved to New York to become a student. A move that was not as simple as he thought it would be.

Please listen below as Senri explains it all and hear some great tunes from his new album.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Colin James Has ‘Miles to Go’ In His Music Career

It ain’t easy being grey …

Colin James has a new album due out on September 21st. No more hair dye as the fifty-three year old Canadian music legend embraces the present, the future and the past.

On the new record – Colin pays homage to the men ( and women) who inspired him and  helped him to hone his skills as a young guitar player busking on the streets of Montreal and Toronto.

Two new songs on the disc also allow James the opportunity to gently give a nod to the licks of B.B. King.

Please listen below to my chat with Colin about the new disc and hear Colin’s thoughts about the late great Jeff Healey.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Spencer MacKenzie ; Canada’s Next Guitar Great?

Hard to have the Blues when you are nineteen years of age.

Sometimes – the classroom is all around and unless you are paying attention; the teacher remains invisible.

That is not the case with Spencer MacKenzie as he makes his way up the musical ladder. Already winning the best new artist at The Maple Blues Awards at the age of seventeen – Spencer is someone to watch and listen out for.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Trois Rivieres en Blues 2018

No Blues – no popular music. That is the fact.

Men like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Elmore James – the framework for what we now know as ‘auto-tune’. These men would be rolling in their graves if they knew how their hard work has been destroyed by computers.

 

That is the great thing about Blues music and the players that play it. Real. Authentic. True.

Please listen below to my chat with Brian Slack about some of these musicians that will be in

Trois Rivieres from Aug.23rd – Aug.26th.

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Dr. Lonnie Smith; Doin’ Only What He Can Do

The word legendary. Tossed around like a flea – bit peanut monkey sometimes.

In the case of Dr. Lonnie Smith – it is he who is tossing the primate around …

Commencing his career in the late fifties alongside George Benson – Smith used his knowledge as a multi-instrumentalist and student of Jazz, Blues, Gospel and R&B to rise to the top of the Jazz world as master of the Hammond B3 organ.

Dr. Lonnie Smith has been the most sought after player in the Jazz world for over four decades and at Le Gesu as part of The Jazz festival, the good doctor and his trio showed why.

Jonathan Kreisberg and Jonathan Blake are both powerhouses in their own right. Trading unique craftsmanship with each other with Smith holding back to let them shine. If not for Smith’s ‘ jolt you from the seats’ playing – Kresiberg and Blake almost legendary themselves. Blake especially on the drums, combining fierceness and finesse – power and purring to go with a genius’ work.

Some Jazz leaders are perfectionists by birth. Not allowing others to breathe within a song as their visions are superior to others in their own advanced minds. Dr. Lonnie Smith is a genius as he paints with his ‘paint box’ in front of him yet he allows his trio to paint with him. He is the teacher yet his lessons are by participation and not by dissociation. Guiding – yes. Ruling with a steel hand – indefinably no.

What some have done for their instruments ( Hendrix on guitar) in the public eye – Smith has done for the Hammond B3 organ in not only the Jazz world, the music world period.

They don’t give the NEC Jazz Award to just anyone after all.

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Beth Hart’s Dynamite Show Steals the Jazz Festival

There are so many female vocalists on the planet. Great ones, good ones, average ones and yes – bad ones.

Beth Hart is in a class all by herself.

Think of the soul of Joss Stone. The power and rawness of Janis Joplin. The sweetness and velour of Adele. The danger of Amy Winehouse. Add the above together and Beth Hart is the sum of all their parts.

At Theatre Maisonneuve as part of The Jazz Festival – Hart displayed emotion and honesty. She wears her life on her sleeve and tells the tales between songs. It has not been an easy life for Hart and self admitting (on stage last night) – she takes medication to ‘make her less crazy’. That part of her personality is what propels the talent.Her demons shine through via pain, love and anger. Her vocals are the vehicle as she rides away from her very own highway to Hell.

Love Gangster, Your Heart Is as Black as Night ( Melody Gardot), Chocolate Jesus ( Tom Waits), Good as It Gets and I’ll Take Care of You. Just a few of the tunes which Hart uses as her very own ‘Morgan Freeman’. Narration through art and poignant lyrics which make hairs stand on end through Hart’s effortless singing and the band’s tight stops and starts. At one moment – a casual fan can hate Hart for her brash ‘barroom’ chat and ‘honky tonk woman’ appearance. In less than a second later – the same fans fall in love as Hart’s tenderness arises like the sun from the eastern shore.

Drummer Bill Ransom, Bassist Bob Marinelli and guitarist Jon Nichols back Hart with so much perception. A compliment to Hart’s sometimes ‘all over the place’ chatter and forgetfulness (the set-list).

Marinelli appears like a young Sam Elliot. Stoically keeping both time and Hart on track within the battery of himself and Ransom. Nichols supplies the chords and screeching solos when called upon. Amy Winehouse had The Dap Kings to make her shine. Beth Hart has her band to make her the star. That’s their job and they do it more than well.

Following an eighteen song set with odes to her Mom in a very powerful Mama This One’s for You and an effervescent Leave the Light On – emotions circulating the theater were on high alert. Hart won everyone over with her simple recipe. Truth through song and truth through words. If anyone in attendance did not want to bring Hart home to take care of her, they were not human …

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Ranee Lee Delivers A Performance For The Ages Despite Sadness

Ranee Lee has endured some tough gigs in her time yet nothing like the one last night at L’Astral.

 

Earlier in the day – Lee’s husband Richard Ring ( Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Ed Thigpen, Ray Brown, Michel LeGrand, Oliver Jones ) passed away following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ring was not only her husband but her longtime guitar player and mentor. Emotions were high yet as they say; the show must go on. Richard would have wanted it that way …

Ranee ( a member of the Order of Canada, a Juno Award winner, an actress and teacher) took the stage with true professionalism. From the very start – a song was in her heart and the love for the material on her sequined sleeves.

The Dark Divas was the theme as Ranee both educated and displayed the talents of all the legendary African-American women who inspired Ranee as a young woman. Billy, Sarah, Dinah, Pearl and Ella to name a few. A who is who of American female musical history portrayed through a concept written and conceived by Ranee herself.

Andre Menard ( the co-founder of the Montreal Jazz Festival) introduced Lee and gave the audience a heads up on the morning’s events (perhaps for when Lee was not able to carry out a great performance or maybe not continue at all). If that was the case – Ranee disappointed any of those in attendance who thought the grief would be too much. In Ranee’s mind and soul, seated right beside her, was her husband.

Theatrically, joyfully and triumphantly – Lee hypnotized the crowd with vocal depth, power and control. Lee was no longer a Grandmother. She was that young woman from Brooklyn with stars in her eyes. The young woman raised by a musical single Mom who taught Ranee piano under the stairs. The young woman who Richard Ring believed in so much.

As the night weaved through classic after classic. As the night steered through the magical musicianship of Ranee’s band, everyone kept waiting for the moment or the song which would cause Lee to break. That one memory shared between two people which would evoke emotions too strong to stop the sadness from coming. It never came in the form of an outburst. Inside – who knows yet Lee did not show she was struggling. Joy and her obvious love for both the tunes and her late husband was all that came across. In the end the crowd stood. The punters well aware of what they saw from an artist so pure and so strong.

On such a sad day – music and the togetherness brought on by the Dark Divas’ songbook turned a ‘normal’ performance into brilliance. A not-so-normal day into a historical Jazz Festival moment.

With Richard Ring high above on guitar …

 

 

Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – Boz Scaggs Redefines His ‘Public’ Image

Admit it. Lido Shuffle is all you know …

Boz Scaggs is that type of artist.

The masses think that if an artist is outta sight – outta mind, they must be dead or their career is. True fans know – artists such as Scaggs do not care about hits.

William RoyceBozScaggs – is known for vocals with The Steve Miller Band. he is also known for Lido Shuffle and Lowdown, both of which were from his critically acclaimed album Silk Degrees (released 1976). The 1970s were very kind to Scaggs and that decade is what brought many people to Theatre Maisonneuve during the Montreal Jazz Festival.

What Scaggs and his formidable band did bring was intense and tight. aside from the aforementioned ‘hits’ – Scaggs et al were a highly professional unit led by the voice of an angel. At seventy-four years young, Scaggs can sing better than most people half his age.

Jojo (1980) led things off and in no time – the punters were standing at attention as the reality of a musical night hit like a ton of piano keys. Drowning in the Sea of Love, It’s Over and Gone Baby Gone set the table for a tune that established the groove that most bands strive for live. The Feeling Is Gone – a Bobby Bland cover saw Scaggs and his mates hit that ‘small club’ feeling. The sold out crowd picked up on it immediately and as they say; the rest of the night was ‘gravy’.

Scaggs knows music as his tutelage with The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section dictates as well as having the future members of Toto play on his album Silk Degrees. Those acquired skills and knowledge shine through live as Scaggs not only holds court on vocals – his guitar playing with just the right space; a pleasure to witness. Scaggs’ knowledge also dictates to let his band play their parts with freedom and respect.

Cadillac Walk – the Moon Martin cover, led the crowd into familiar territory as Lido Shuffle and Lowdown played out hard and with appreciation by all. The show ended with the ‘we know you will be back applause and that is when the music took over from the hits.

What Can I Say, Somebody Loan Me a Dime ( Fenton Robinson) and Chuck Berry’s You Never Can Tell gave the BAND and Boz the room (and joy) to say thanks to both the fans and the history of where they came from. The latter giving proof that Rock n Roll once ruled the world and that swing was a big part of it.

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Interview – Jordan Officer Blows the Roof Off Place des Arts !

Jordan Officer is a groundbreaking artist. Kinda …

Groundbreaking in a way that combines his talent with old school tools and old school sounds.

You see – Jordan is a scholar. A student of where music comes from. Blending Dick Dale with Joe Bonamassa. Bob Wills with Stevie Ray Vaughn. Guitar with the fiddle. All elements of music that make music what it is today in all genres.

Please listen below as Jordan discusses his ‘roof shattering ‘ show at Place des Arts as part of The Jazz Festival. A show that should place Officer into the music stratosphere.

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Jazz Festival Review – George Thorogood ‘Destroys’ The Jazz Festival ( for a few hours).

What is there to say about George Thorogood that hasn’t been said before ?

Electrifying ! Exciting ! Raw energy ! Just some of the adjectives used to describe Lonesome George and his music ensemble The Destroyers. Okay – so those words were utilized by George himself. So what ?

One of the reasons George (et al) were here as part of The Montreal International Jazz Festival some forty years following their first Montreal appearance is because George is a salesman. A barterer bent on selling The Blues, the legacy of the Blues and his own Bluesy tunes. George is indeed a salesman but he ain’t selling junk.

Legend has it that George heard the Stones and wanted ( needed?) a guitar in hand. History has it that Thorogood utilized that Chuck Berry, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Brian Jones and Keith Richards tone to create and master the art of selling energy. The forefathers of The Blues required attitude to make it work. Thorogood took that attitude and defined attitude – ness. Attitude – ness with a capital A.

Earlier in the day – George received the B.B. King Award from the co – founder of the Montreal Jazz Festival Andre Menard at a press conference. During the question and answer period, Thorogood was praised for ‘sticking to his guns and remaining true to himself.’ In true George fashion he quickly dispelled that notion. “It’s all I know. I never tried to become someone else or remain true to my music. Three chords is all I know …”

Before an almost sold out Salle Wilfred Pelletier at Place des Arts, Thorogood went on to display those ‘three’chords with conviction. 

Rock Party, I Drink Alone, Bad to the Bone, Move It On Over and One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer were all served in a dirty glass. Shaken – not stirred. Tunes that everyone came to hear set the night right. The stage was staged but the passion was not.

George may be getting older and his movements not as quick as the older days but age will do that to any musician. Active ones such as George are more noticeable when the energy is harnessed instead of wasted. A smart transition for Thorgood as longevity will never end the love affair he has with his fans.

Thorgood has reached the ‘right’ to play as a legendary figure. He is allowed to make mistakes (which he doesn’t) and talk more and play less (which he doesn’t).

In all genres of music, once you have outlived the sin, the business side and all the rotten side orders that come with it and still have gas in the tank to bleed on the stage; you do not drink alone with nobody else.

Everybody is funny that way. Now George is funny too …

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Review; Jann Arden Keeps Them Laughing

Variety shows once ruled television …

 

Music, comedy and drama – all inclusive in an hour long Sunday night program. A Jann Arden concert is a one woman variation on the above formula as all the aforementioned elements shine within.

From the get – go, Arden is a joker in a self depreciating kinda way. Whether it is her ‘poor choice of pants’, her broken top (fixed quickly by a nearby clamp) or her ‘shot’ at Shania Twain – Arden uses humor as quick as any Canadian can. Oh – and she can sing with the best of them also.

Where No One Knows Me, Wishing That,  At Seventeen, I Would Die For You , Not Your Little Girl .

Just a few of the starters served up between the comedic antidotes. Reminders that a long time ago (it seems), before the TV appearances on the Rick Mercer Report and all the humor Arden is associated with – there was ( and is) a truly talented songwriter. 

 

You Don’t Know Me, Anyone Who Had a Heart (Burt Bacharach cover), To Sir With Love, Could I Be Your Girl and  Little Bird – signified the sounds and vocals that are immediately Arden.

Like Murray, like Celine and like Sarah – Arden has a distinct style and persona in her voice and presence. Like all the above, a certain melancholia takes the reins and pushes the audience into a happy sadness.  A certain comfort in the sounds of Canada. In the sounds of refection.

If one song defines the image of Arden – Insensitive would be a non sensitive choice.

The punters on their feet with so much adoration in their hearts for Arden and the song Insensitve – a group hug was minutes away as the defining moment became just that. Add a backing band filled with so much integrity – it was difficult to not bask in the pure joy of music. Of Arden’s music.

If there was any danger of a show-gone-bad, it was Arden’s temporary explanation of her drinking problem. Something she says has stopped. Up to that point – a roll was upheld and gaining strength. Arden holding the recipe for success. In this day and age, sad stories are aplenty. Arden took what was an escape for the punters and dropped more reality into their problems. Connecting with some yet disconnecting from most who were out to have as good time.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Review; Cecile McLorin Salvant – The Voice of An Angel

A voice is an instrument.

Aside from Lisa Fischer ( Twenty Feet to Stardom, Rolling Stones back-up singer) – vocalists like Cecile MClorin Salvant come around as often as Haley’s comet.

With the same ease as most walk, Salvant traverses the scales, intonations and vocal range as elegantly as a debutante at a coming of age party. Salvant does so with as much effort as flicking a fly away from the dinner plate.

FogEverything I’ve Got Belongs to YouSpoonful and Stepsister’s Lament were just some of the main courses Salvant’s band served to the audience (and Salvant) with precision, texture and a lot of breathing room for Salvant to play. 

Tunes such as Spoonful – familiar yet somehow as fresh as the cool wind blowing in from the St. Lawrence river. Cecile, reaching to depths known only to her as the mask of Howlin’ Wolf’s classic song is removed and tossed aside to display the inner beauty of Salvant.

 

It could be a spoonful of coffee
It could be a spoonful of tea
But one little spoon of your precious love
Is good enough for me

 

Wives and LoversSi J’étais Blanche (Bobby Falk / Leo Lelièvre / Henri Varna), Omie WiseNever Will I Marry and The Ballad of the Shape of Things – a concert whose content made up for all the Divas in the world making millions through auto tune. Salvant enjoying the experience as if no one was in the room …

Darkies Never Dream and Sam Jones’ Blues stood apart with their opposite moods and lyrics. The former – as whimsical as a stroll through the park with cotton candy blowing in your face while the latter; a testament to all those with dreams dancing in their souls. Both songs somewhat biographical in a third person sense from Salvant. A storyteller conveying  fiction into a non fiction audience.

If Cecile Mclorin Salvant’s voice is an instrument – the world’s problems will be fixed with no labor or service charges added on.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Review; Charlotte Gainsbourg / Aliocha

An acoustic guitar and a great voice – sometimes is not enough.

Aliocha Schneider was BORN TO BE AN ARTIST …

All of his siblings are actors and so is he. Like most artisans – the craft can cast shadows on many different walls. Writing and performing songs – an extension of creative output for the twenty – four year old Montrealer.

Vocally – Aliocha, is unique. A gift has been bestowed upon him and in a world filled with ‘voices’ – Aliocha’s distinct delivery and tone immediately gain notice from the virgin punter. The original tunes come from the heart. Raw pain emerges and transports the messages into waiting wounds.

 Volodia Schneider (Aliocha’s  brother) on percussion, guitarist Christian Sean and bassist Tom Tartarin lend expert (albeit simplistic) accompaniment to Aliocha’s catalog. A stack of songs which require some peaks and arcs. Like most young artists today  – Aliocha’s sound contains melancholic undertones. The set-list ingredients are similar and contain nothing to lift and drop the audience. No roller coaster at this amusement park except for the ‘surprise’ visit by Charlotte Cardin in a ‘return the favor’ moment from last year’s festival when Cardin invited Aliocha on stage with her.   

Artists have something they want to say. To deliver their pain or profound wisdom to the masses. Aliocha does just that yet being an actor – he must learn to implement the same techniques as Alfred Hitchcock did if he wishes to achieve musical success.

Suspense, intrigue, drama and comedy. A show / career is a story – not one scene.

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Much like Carla Bruni – Gainsbourg is an actress turned singer and songwriter. Unlike Bruni, Charlotte creates unique songs and sounds. Combined with a beautiful voice and ( in this day and age) a flamboyant stage – Charlotte’s spectacle seemed appealing. Seemed …

Much like her opening act, song after song became one long song. If not for the stoppages – where one tune stopped and the other commenced; a conundrum took place for the uninitiated. Unless you are the most acute fan. Unless you are Charlotte Gainsbourg (or her band).

Combining Synth Pop and Rave like beats is unique and interesting. Melodic ballads are included with finesse and power. Art for art’s sake on display and perhaps Charlotte is to her audience what Buddy Guy is to the Blues. Given the nature of her success and providing tunes for TV shows and films – Gainsbourg’s music is not meant to be enjoyed live.

Gainsbourg is a talent on keys,  in vocals and songwriting. Her ability to grasp audiences with her ‘under the top’ style is refreshing when ‘Divas’ are overtly front and center as front-women. Charlotte and her band convey music for what is is. No drama from a woman known for her dramatic roles. An enjoyable experience if film studies with musical scores are of interest.

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Preview; The Best of The Blues

Having the blues is a good thing …

 

The only type of music that collects down-to-earth people. The only real genre within music that connects all walks of life to it’s fan base. Arguably – the cornerstone of all music.

 

Beginning June 28th on the Hyundai / CBC/Radio-Canada Stage (Parterre symphonique, corner Clark and De Montigny) – The Blues will be alive everynight.

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June 28 / Endrick & The Sandwiches — Singer, guitarist and harmonica player Endrick and his triple-decker Sandwiches dig deeply into the joys of delta blues and boogie-woogie, with the occasional foray into ’60s Brit rock.

June 30 / Justin Saladino Band — Nominated this year as Best New Artist at the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto, Justin Saladino has everything it takes to be one of the greats: precision and melody.

July 1 / Mike Goudreau Band —the American guitarist returns to Canada, his father’s native land, with songs from Alternate Takes – Vol 1, an anthology of unreleased tracks recorded throughout his career.

July 3 / Rob Lutes Band — For over 20 years, Rob Lutes and his group have whipped out a workingman’s rock-blues worthy of Springsteen. A Festival regular, Lutes brings us an exclusive preview of Walk in the Dark, his 7th album due in September.

July 4 / Dwane Dixon — A true ambassador for the genuine blues-rock of the ’60s and ’70s, Dwane Dixon pours body and soul into the genre.

July 7 / Orb Mellon — Orb Mellon – nickname of dynamic Connecticut musician Mike Malone – describes his music as “the blues in all its primeval glory,” an epic fusion of acoustic and electric. An artist you can’t afford to miss!

 

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July 1 / Diunna Greenleaf Raised on gospel in her native Houston, Texas, this fiery blues diva boasts a complete mastery of the genre.

July 2 / They Call Me Rico — After two critically-acclaimed albums and a live record, one-man band Frédéric Pellerin, alias They Call Me Rico, returns stronger than ever this year with a 4th release, This Time.

July 3 / Lachy Doley Group — Hailed as the “Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ”, the hyper Lachy Doley delivers an absolute psychedelic-rock knockout alongside renowned drummer Jackie Barnes and bassist Joel Burton.

July 5 / Christone Kingfish Ingram A blues guitarist right out of Mississippi, this artist remakes the standards of blues and rock, making them utterly his own and electrifying fans with his passion.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal’s Next Super-Group; East of Sunday

In sports, music and all forms of art and business – every ten years or so,  a new superstar emerges.

The band, East of Sunday, just happen to be from Montreal and they will ensure another Montreal group (The Damn Truth) won’t get lazy. If so – Montreal will have a new crowned champion in the Rock n Roll scene sooner rather than later .

East of Sunday will rock you !

Four guys who know how to combine sensibility, hard Rock, Country, melodies and craftsmanship into one tight package. All the ingredients necessary to make a career in a very tough music business.

Derek Wiltshire ( guitar,vocal and songwriter) leads the band with forcefulness. Projecting his voice with integrity and power. His guitar – equally powerful with acute riffs and stingy solos. Tunes such as Cold Heart Killer, Treat Me Right  and Anti Valentine instill a message that East of Sunday are real. Derek Wiltshire is real.

Brothers Michael (drums) and Ryan (Bass) Zinck hold the rhythm section down with enough swing to create a sound sadly missing in Rock n Roll these days. None of those monotone beats heard so much these days. The brothers know how to create energy while grounding the sound of East of Sunday with finesse. Ryan slapping the bass beyond normal and implementing funk into Rock.

Songs such as She Drive Me / Wandering Star , Comfort Creature, Nightmare, Struck a Chord, Stay and Play and Superstition – create valleys , peaks and abysses. Giving the audience a journey filled with incredible highs and primal lows. Much of that is due to guitarist Serge LeBlanc with his feel and touch. Knowing when to breathe and when to hold the notes inside. A perfect partner to Wiltshire as the pair trade riffs and solos. Different enough but similar to keep East of Sunday as a whole.

With their first taste of a big club show under their guitar straps, quality songwriting and musicianship beyond their years as a group  – East of Sunday are on the brink of leading Montreal Rock n Roll back to the future.

Once radio gets a hold of them – there’s only one way to go …

West of Sunday …

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TD Stage (Place des Festivals)
In addition to its 2 major events, the Place des Festivals hosts larger-than-life parties in thePerformances TD series at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
June 28 / !!! (Chk Chk Chk) — This dance-punk-indie-rock combo is already 20 years into a fab career. They’re the logical follow-on from Talking Heads, PIL and New Order.
June 29 / BoulevardsIncarnating the funk revival in a direct lineage from Prince and Rick James, Jamil Rashad aka Boulvards gets everyone dancing from the title of his debut album Groove! on out.
June 30 / Spanish Harlem Orchestra — Hailing from the famed Latin New York neighborhood they name check, this salsa outfit returns to thrill salsa fans with a Nuyorican party they’ll never forget!
July 1 / The Suffers — Authentic jazz soul-funk from a band straight from Texas. Led by the charismatic Kam Franklin, this Gulf Coast band relentlessly spreads its contagious groove.
July 2 / Nomadic Massive — The Montréal-based collective assembles members from all backgrounds to create a unique rap-jazz fusion with lyrics in English, French, Créole, Spanish and Arabic.
July 4 / Hannah Williams & The Affirmations — “Deep soul’s funkiest new diva” has the gift of a golden voice that rings out like a bell and charms everyone, including Jay-Z, who took her on as his protégée.
July 5 / Too Many Zooz — In 2014, they whipped up a buzz in the New York Subway with their supercharged jazz fusion and unhinged look. Since then, the trio has racked up the concerts and released the dynamic Subway Gawdz, perfectly capturing their completely wild style.
July 6 / Megative — Exciting new Brooklyn combo Megative lays down an intense dub sound deeply rooted in the British punk and reggae of the late ’70s, laced with cool influences from the New York scene. Experience the finest Canadian jazz!
Gammes TD series at 6 p.m.
June 28 / Joe Sullivan Big Band — Now a major presence on the Canadian jazz scene, this Big Band has released 3 albums and numbers some of the finest musicians in Québécois jazz among its membership.
June 29 / Hilario Duran trio with special guest Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez — Leading a trio, brilliant Cuban pianist Hilario Duran showcases his excellence on his instrument, accompanied by virtuoso drummer and percussionist Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez for a moment of unprecedented sun-soaked intensity.
June 30 / Elise LeGrow — On her latest album, cleverly titled Playing Chess, the young thirty something with the magnetic look pays tribute to the songs of the famed Chicago label Chess Records and that ’50s era.
July 1 / Jerry Granelli — A major player in modern jazz, famed drummer Jerry Granelli thrills fans with his precise, impulsive beats, leaving plenty of room for improvisation.
July 4 / Annie G. Roy — Winner of this year’s contest organized by Fondation evenko (inviting young performers and singer songwriters aged 18-25). Not yet 20, the singer dreams of becoming a renowned jazz-woman. She’s already off and running!
July 4 / Annie G. Roy — Winner of this year’s contest organized by Fondation evenko (inviting young performers and singer songwriters aged 18-25). Not yet 20, the singer dreams of becoming a renowned jazz-woman. She’s already off and running!
Rio Tinto Stage (corner Ste. Catherine and Jeanne-Mance)
At noon and 3 p.m., youth proves its mettle in the JazzFest des jeunes series spotlighting highschool and college ensembles.  At 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Les Soirées jazzy Rio Tinto series unfolds the full range of music derived from jazz.
June 28 / Banda Magda — Led by Greek singer Magda Giannikou, this talented multicultural group grooves into the bossa nova repertoire, elevated by her sublime voice.
June 29 / Davina and The Vagabonds — Davina and the Vagabonds roll in with a distinctively New Orleans jazz spiced up with a pinch of burlesque verve from the sparkling Davina.
June 30 / ECHLO — With her unique voice and orchestral soul pop style, Charles hit the big time from the release of her debut EP Little Green Bud in 2010.
July 1 / Deva Mahal — The daughter of legendary blues man Taj Mahal plunges into the biz with her first release Run Deep produced by Scott Jacoby, steeped in soul and R&B and laced with the dub sounds of her youth.
July 2 / Barbra Lica — Nominated for a 2017 Juno Award for Jazz Album of the Year for I’m Still Learning, the singer invites us into her original jazz-accented pop world.
July 3 / Sarah McKenzie — A genuine revelation in her native land, the Australian pianist and singer represents the new face of the jazz scene with her swing and blues accents and suave voice.
July 4 / Stéphane Moraille — The iconic voice of Bran Van 3000, and especially classic single Drinking in L.A. The artist returns to the spotlight with the album Daïva: colorful vocal jazz where Créole meets English.
July 5 / David Myles — A native of New Brunswick, singer-songwriter, David Myles unfolds a sound often called folk-jazz. An eclectic, prolific artist, he’s also the voice heard on smash hit Inner Ninja by Canadian rapper Classified.
July 6 / Hannah Williams — Accompanied by her Affirmations, assembling the finest English jazz musicians of the the moment, the singer sweeps us into her entrancing whirlwind of soul.
July 7 / M. Ward — The music of American singer Matthew Stephen Ward is a perfect example of subtle indie folk, as captured on his album More Rain, at once melancholy and soothing.
Club Jazz Casino de Montréal (on De Bleury, below Ste. Catherine)
A true favorite Festival fan spot for its warm ambiance, fun spirit and three series of concerts.  Kick things off with Apéro Casino de Montréal at 6 p.m.
June 28 / Zara McFarlane — With her warm, spellbinding voice, Zara unfurls a poignant jazz steeped in influences from reggae to pop, folk to blues.
June 29 / Mario Allard Quintet — Montréal saxophonist Mario Allard is back with the aptly-named Diaporama, a 2nd album recorded with a quintet, where inspired improv and long solos act out a breathless back-and-forth.
June 30 / Trio Jonathan Turgeon with Alex Dodier — Accompanied by excellent saxophonist Alex Dodier, the group will unveil original pieces from a pair of albums, including the latest Les rêves errants released in 2017.
July 1 / The Ernesto Cervini Turboprop — In his third visit to the Festival, the consummate bandleader and sought-after collaborator invites us to experience the unique Turboprop, his latest critically-acclaimed album.
July 2 / Simon Legault Quintette — A Festival regular, the Montréal guitarist returns at the head of a quintet with Hypnagogia Polis, his 3rd album.
July 3 / Thomas Carbou trio — Eight-string guitar virtuoso, this Montréal musician describes his sound as electro-jazz and draws inspiration from the four corners of the planet, equally from traditional music, folk and chanson.
July 4 / Charles Trudel — The pianist recently launched his first, Fruit, a gamble that paid off for an experienced musician who draws inspiration from the hard bop period, with an added flavouring of the post-modern.
July 5 / Robi Botos Trio — Juno Award winner in 2016 for Jazz Album of the Year (solo), the Hungarian-born pianist and keyboardist returns to the Festival with a decidedly original: in a trio accompanied by his brother on bass and his father on drums.
July 6 / Le Jaguermalsen with guest Christine Jensen — After assembling at McGill University, the members of this group present original compositions drawing on a vast range of styles. For the occasion, they welcome talented Montréal saxophonist Christine Jensen.
July 7 / John Roney & Tevet Sela —The River is the result of an inspired collaboration between pianist John Roney and saxophonist Tevet Sela. The accomplished musicians bring out the best in one another while transporting us on the wings of their exquisitely tranquil jazz.
Brunantes Casino de Montréal series at 8 p.m.
June 28 / Shake Stew — Shake Stew is the Austrian jazz group of the moment. This unique septet is conquering the music world with its hypnotic blend of Afrobeat and jazz grooves created by a combo of two drummers and two double bassists!
June 29 / Rémi Panossian — The virtuoso French pianist, a leading figure in the renewal of contemporary jazz, unveils the deeply intimate album DO, featuring original compositions and recorded live in a club in Toulouse, where the musician has held court for over 12 years. Between nostalgia and a new departure.
June 30 / Jazzlab — Since their creation in 2003, this collective of the finest players in experimental Québécois jazz has been innovating and creating in a permanent whirlwind of musical ideas.
July 1 / Gwyneth Herbert — The British singer delivers an array of her finest songs with her moving voice and oh-so-British poise.
July 2 / Min Rager Quartet — Born in Seoul, pianist Min Rager launched her career in South Korean jazz clubs before moving to Montréal. In 2003, she formed her own group to perform her originals, evolving into one of the most undeniably talented jazz pianists in Canada.
July 3 / Rafael Zaldivar & The Afro-Cuban Revival A Festival regular, this Cuban pianist now living in Montréal invites us to experience his Afro-Cuban folk sound and warm rhythms.
July 4 / MTL HB5 — MTL Hard Bop Five, a quintet of Montréal musicians transporting us back to the golden age of hard bop with original compositions heavily influenced by such major artists as Art Blakey, Donald Byrd and Horace Silver.
July 5 / Razalaz The Razalaz project unveils a jazz/funk repertoire laid down by a passionate sextet led by pianist and composer Oliver Salazar. With an electric rhythm section and powerhouse melodic section, their delicious blend gets everyone to boogie.
July 6 / Christine Tassan et les Imposteures — A devoted fan of European gypsy jazz, the French guitarist accompanied by her “imposteures” presents music inspired by the immortal Django.
July 7 / Stéphane Wrembel — A reference point in gypsy jazz, this guitarist released The Django Experiment III in January, the final chapter in a triptych dedicated to the undisputed master of the genre, Django Reinhardt.
Escales nocturnes Casino de Montréal series, 10 p.m. (90 min.).
June 28 and 29 / Papagroove Collecting Montréal’s finest jazz musicians, this band unfurls a sound they dub Afro-funk, blending the best of funk, rock, soul and jazz.
June 30 / Ghost Note feat. MonoNeon Drummer Robert Sput Searight and percussionist Nate Werth, both members of supercharged group Snarky Puppy, welcome American bassist MonoNeon for a deeply rhythmic, groovy musical moment.
July 1, 2 and 3 / LowDown Brass Band Originally from Chicago, LowDown Brass Band is a horn section deeply rooted in the New Orleans Second Linetradition, with a touch of the modern.
July 4 and 5 / Clay & Friends — Pros of musical improvisation and freestyle, Mike Clay and his band play with words equally skilfully in English and French. Their latest album, Conformopolis, extends a bridge from the mountains of the Maghreb to the streets of Montréal with its cutting-edge urban lyrics.
July 6 and 7 / Fredy V — Impossible to resist the charisma of Fredy V once he takes over the stage. On his debut album, #ItTakesAVillage, the multi-instrumentalist – born in Washington DC and now a resident of Montréal – unveils a danceable, inspired electro-funk.

A selection of bands zigzag across the site throughout the Festival run, offering non-stop musical entertainment. Enjoy fab combos including The Heavyweights Brass Band, Les Royal Pickles, Streetnix, Le Dixieband, Swing Tonique.

World Stage (corner Clark and De Maisonneuve)
The Grooves du monde series takes off every evening at 8 p.m. on its musical tour of the world.
June 28 / Elida Almeida — Originally from Cape Verde, this talented singer conjures up the moments of joy and suffering that mark life in her native land. On her second album, Kebrada, the artist declares her African allegiance through Cape Verdean rhythms laced with Latin accents.
June 29 / Noubi Trio Based on traditional West African music blended with influences from folk to jazz, this trio led by Noubi Ndiaye takes us on a genuinely mystical and exotic musical journey.
June 30 / Florence K, EstrellasAt her piano, accompanied by her loyal musicians, Florence K transports us to the Caribbean with a new album laced with Cuban and Latin influences, Estrellas, written and produced with Alex Cuba.
July 1 / Roberto Lopez, Criollo Electrik — In a trio, Colombian guitarist Roberto Lopez unveils his album Criollo Electrik — electrified Créole — percolating with the varied trad influences of his musicians, for a tasty Melting Pot sound.
July 2 / INUS ASO Reggae Band — Live, this combo shifts between classics by the pope of reggae, Bob Marley, and original compositions in direct lineage from the master.
July 3 / Jupiter & Okwess — Modernity and tradition collide in an explosive musical cocktail! Discovered by the leader of Gorillaz, this group led by the charismatic Jupiter Bokondji shakes up a powerful, captivating Afro-jazz.
July 4 / Altin Gün — Dutch musician Jasper Verhulst’s group Altin Gün ­– Turkish for “golden age” – revives the greatest music of the late ’60s and early ’70s of that faraway Bosphorus land.
July 5 / Lo’Jo — For thirty years, these tireless street artists have spread their dreamlike music to the four corners of the planet. It’s a strange, poetic world fusing typically French chanson with gypsy influences.
July 6 and 7 / Lakou Mizik — Founded in 2010 in the wake of the Haitian earthquake as a statement of resilience, this group of players from diverse backgrounds and generations lays out a sound based on Traditional Haitian music (Rasin) laced with elements of rap and dancehall.
When electronica meets tropical rhythms… things get hot-hot-hot! TheElectropical series at 10 p.m.
June 28 / Boogát Blending hip-hop with Latin music like Cumbia, Salsa and Reggaeton, the Boogát sound stands out as unique on the musical landscape.
June 29 / Agua Negra — Cutting-edge hip-hop with neo-Latin soul accents. The group takes the stage with an exclusive unveiling of tracks from their new album, six years after their eponymous debut. A musical voyage away from the everyday!
June 30 / Teke Teke — Originally conceived as a tribute to legendary Japanese guitarist Takeshi ‘Terry’ Terauchi, this group swiftly evolved into an original outfit with an album, Line Art, crossing traditional Japanese music with modern elements like shoegaze, post-rock and surf.
July 1 / La Chiva Gantiva — It’s a unique jazz fusion with Afro-Colombian accents. Last November, the group released its 4th album Despegue, (Spanish for “takeoff”) – consider yourselves forewarned!
July 2 / Afrikana Soul Sister Afrikana Soul Sister is the point at which Western techno and traditional African music meet. It’s a delightful blend of two musical worlds, born under the impetus of Jean-François Lemieux.
July 3 / Gato Preto Describing their sound as “AfroFuturist”, this group plunges us into a musical trance woven by powerful electronica and hypnotic African percussion.
July 4 / Jupiter & Okwess — Modernity and tradition collide in an explosive musical cocktail! Discovered by the leader of Gorillaz, this group led by the charismatic Jupiter Bokondji shakes up a powerful, captivating Afro-jazz.
July 5 / Da Cruz — Energetically blending styles as varied electronica, funk, dancehall, Afrobeat, kuduru, jazz and samba, Da Cruz has crowds worldwide up and dancing.
July 6 / Pierre Kwenders –– Artist Pierre Kwenders effortlessly moves from R&B to futurist hip-hop, with his Congolese influences always in the picture, as on his latest release MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time. Amazing!
July 7 / Sweet Crude — This septet blows out a sound in the purest Louisiana tradition, lacing it with modern sounds.
Hyundai / CBC/Radio-Canada Stage (Parterre symphonique, corner Clark and De Montigny)
The annual must-see and must-be for true blues fans: the famed Parterre Stage! The action kicks into blues gear with Spectacles blues Hyundai series at 7 p.m.
June 28 / Endrick & The Sandwiches — Singer, guitarist and harmonica player Endrick and his triple-decker Sandwiches dig deeply into the joys of delta blues and boogie-woogie, with the occasional foray into ’60s Brit rock.
June 29 / Riot and The Blue Devils — They sold their souls to the blues…  and in a puff of smoke, here they are with original tracks including hellacious songs from their recent 4th album The Roxboro Sessions released in February.
June 30 / Justin Saladino Band — Nominated this year as Best New Artist at the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto, Justin Saladino has everything it takes to be one of the greats: precision and melody.
July 1 / Mike Goudreau Band — The American guitarist returns to Canada, his father’s native land, with songs from Alternate Takes – Vol 1, an anthology of unreleased tracks recorded throughout his career.
July 2 / Delgres — Blues in Créole – that’s the latest wild project from guitarist Pascal Danae, here with a trio for a trip through delta blues, blues-rock and Caribbean laments steeped in the life-affirming brass of New Orleans.
July 3 / Rob Lutes Band — For over 20 years, Rob Lutes and his group have whipped out a workingman’s rock-blues worthy of Springsteen. A Festival regular, Lutes brings us an exclusive preview of Walk in the Dark, his 7th album due in September.
July 4 / Dwane Dixon — A true ambassador for the genuine blues-rock of the ’60s and ’70s, Dwane Dixon pours body and soul into the genre.
July 5 / Conor Gains — A precocious talent from Ontario, Conor Gains grew up with a guitar in his hand. He and his band roll in to get us grooving to blues accented with soul and folk.
July 6 / Layla Zoe — Often compared to Janis Joplin for her timbre de and vocal power, Layla Zoe is an internationally acclaimed artist.
July 7 / Orb Mellon — Orb Mellon – nickname of dynamic Connecticut musician Mike Malone – describes his music as “the blues in all its primeval glory,” an epic fusion of acoustic and electric. An artist you can’t afford to miss!
Next, Soirées blues Hyundai series, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
June 28 / Steve Strongman — Award-winning Canadian bluesman Steve Strongman pays tribute to blues-rock as a living, evolving form, as amply evidenced on his latest album No Time Like Now.
June 29 / Bryan Lee — A cornerstone of the celebrated Bourbon Street scene in New Orleans, the man known as “Braille Blues Daddy” masters the genre like nobody else. A regular in prestigious venues and festivals for almost 40 years, he has the history of the blues at his fingertips.
June 30 / Angel Forrest For almost 20 years, this powerhouse artist has unleashed her full, raw voice all over the world, from Canada to Mexico to Japan, thrilling true fans of the blues.
July 1 / Diunna Greenleaf — Raised on gospel in her native Houston, Texas, this fiery blues diva boasts a complete mastery of the genre.
July 2 / They Call Me Rico — After two critically-acclaimed albums and a live record, one-man band Frédéric Pellerin, alias They Call Me Rico, returns stronger than ever this year with a 4th release, This Time.
July 3 / Lachy Doley Group — Hailed as the “Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ”, the hyper Lachy Doley delivers an absolute psychedelic-rock knockout alongside renowned drummer Jackie Barnes and bassist Joel Burton.
July 4 / Steve Hill — Renowned for his fiery live performances, multi-instrumentalist and virtuoso Steve Hill impresses with his technical mastery and musicality alike.
July 5 / Christone Kingfish Ingram A blues guitarist right out of Mississippi, this artist remakes the standards of blues and rock, making them utterly his own and electrifying fans with his passion.
July 6 / Thornetta Davis — Nicknamed the “Queen of Detroit Blues”, the fiery Thornetta Davis fully deserves her title. A born stage performer, she electrifies crowds with her powerhouse voice and mastery.
July 7 / RL Boyce — A true bluesman straight outta Mississippi! With his laid-back style and fretboard skill, RL Boyce transports us back to the root of modern music.
Place Heineken (corner Ste. Catherine and De Bleury)
An absolutely essential Festival destination with its lovely terrasse, bar and continuous music into the wee hours.
From 1 p.m., Envolées du Festival series hosts the best university combos in Québec. (Encore at 5 p.m. in Complexe Desjardins)
At 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., the Lounge Heineken series bridges blues, rock’n’roll, rockabilly, country, swing, folk, bluegrass and much more!
June 28 / Sam Tucker — Semi-finalist on La Voix in 2017, this British native now living in Québec recently dropped a debut single, Powder Fame, with a gritty, powerful blues-rock style, driven by catchy riffs and strong melodies!
June 29 / Declan O’Donovan — This modern troubadour transports us back to the Prohibition era with his jazzily accented folk.
June 30 / Bharath and his Rhythm Four — Based in Montréal, this quartet led by guitarist, singer and harmonica blower Bharath Rajakumar pays tribute to the blues, swing and rock of the ’50s.
July 1 / The Mighty Swells — The cats in this 100% instrumental surf rock combo blast out an array of tracks from such genre pioneers as The Ventures and Link Wray, alongside originals that do their idols proud.
July 2 / The Wood Shredders — Take a trip through ’30-’50s era Americana with this multi-instrumentalist duo. The tandem explores the bluegrass, folk, Cajun and blues repertoire, picking up pretty much anything with strings on it.
July 3 and 4 / Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses — Led by sparkling saxophonist and singer Aurora Nealand, this combo draws its repertoire from Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhart and the traditional jazz of New Orleans.
July 5 / Kepa — This former pro skateboarder from France traded in the steel stairway railings for steel guitar strings, delivering an epic, cutting-edge modern blues.
July 6 / Orb Mellon — Orb Mellon – nickname of dynamic Connecticut musician Mike Malone – describes his music as “the blues in all its primeval glory,” an epic fusion of acoustic and electric. An artist you can’t afford to miss!
July 7 / Seb’s Music Shop — It’s one-man-band Sébastien Plante, exploring the soul of blues and rock’n’roll through the songbooks of Robert Johnson, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed.
The fun rolls on from midnight with Sessions Heineken series!
June 28 and 29, July 1 to 7 / Israel Proulx — Calling all toe-tappers and rug-cutters, singer Israel Proulx invites you all to one fiery rockabilly throwdown.
June 30 / Wasiu — Wasiu assembles the brightest Montréal stars under one roof for a decadent soirée of hip-hop bristling with trenchant rhymes and contagious rhymes.
M2 (59 Ste. Catherine E.)
The smallest of venues, the wildest of parties! The Nightcap Heineken series at midnight.
June 28 and July 2 / Dunes — It’s a brilliant project assembling of some of the most accomplished musicians in Montréal, including Jesse MacCormack, current and former members of Plaster and Afrodizz, Betty Bonifassi, Stefie Shock and Coyote Bill. Together, they weave a desert blues crossed with African grooves and twangy guitars.
June 29 and 30, July 1 / Kalmunity — This artist collective gathers poets, singers, an MC, DJ, dancers and musicians around an improvisational concept of live music described as live organic improv. Featuring a genuine potpourri with multicultural influences including R&B, hip-hop, Afrobeat, funk, reggae, soul and jazz!
July 3 and 4 / Surprise concert!                                    
July 5 to 7 / #LECYPHER — Famed for their #LECYPHER jam sessions, this eclectic group of Montréal musicians, singers, rappers, beatboxers and an MC invite everyone to bring their own instruments!

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Carvin Jones; Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself Montreal !

It is easy to live in a cocoon and be oblivious to the outside world.

An almost incestuous mindset takes place as the ‘homies’ live and breathe with blinders on as they traverse the musical path they know.

Guess what? Outside of the pond – there are bigger fish. Barracudas and sharks.

Out of fear, the leaders of the blind – lash out to not only protect their territory, to sustain the ‘legend in our own minds’ mentality.

A sad state of mind as barracudas and sharks can be beautiful to observe. Menacing yet colorful and vibrant as they glide effortlessly through the troubled pond with ease and finesse.

Ladies and gentlemen – behold a shark …

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Conductor Aram Demirjian Gets ‘Animated’ About DreamWorks.

Marriages make strange bedfellows.

Cinema and music have a large and interesting history together. Hollywood is filled with smoke and mirrors yet when the fog lifts – it is the images and the music that remain.

In this case – the images are the beloved animation films that we have grown to love. Movies such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda have embedded their consciences into ours through state of the art CGI imagery and symphonic music.

Please listen below as conductor Aram Demirjian explains his role in bringing a live symphony orchestra to The DreamWorks animation as well as The Montreal international Jazz festival.

Aram?

 

 

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East of Sunday are opening for Carvin Jones June 21st at Club Soda

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Midge Ure and Paul Young Montreal Review

Midge Ure and Paul Young are musical figures you cannot avoid.

Midge wrote Do They Know It’s Christmas and co founded Band – Aid and Live – Aid along with Sir Bob Geldof. He was also part of Thin Lizzy and Ultravox. The former a band which cut new ground in a decade where many artists sounded the same.

Paul Young, although not a hit-maker on the same level of some of his contemporaries such as George Michael, did have one of the most played videos and songs of the 1980’s ; ‘ Every time You Go Away ‘.

The pair seem a good match to hit the road together. On their own – in a landscape filled with short attention spans and ‘ what have you done for me lately’ mentalities; the concerts would be difficult to sell on their solo status’.

Who’d a thunk the double bill would suffer the same fate in Montreal?

Ure was fine. Churning out the tunes he  is known for and backed by a state of the art band. Ultravox’s Passing Strangers, his solo offering Dear God and his debonair hit; Dancing with Tears in My Eyes.

Ure was at ease on stage with the confidence of a musician who doesn’t need the gigs to pay his internet bill. His humor as fresh as the light dancing off his head. Even  a few technical problems couldn’t dim his enthusiasm for being on stage and doing what he loves.

Paul Young was a completely different story.

If you have not seen Young since those nights on a  couch eating Doritos and watching Friday Night Videos – guess what? Young has aged just like you. Greyer and more wrinkled but the body is in shape as the  ‘brand’ must be kept on track. After all – nobody wants another Elvis circa 1976 …

It’s a great thing that Young looks young- ish because his voice ( at least last night) sounds as if someone woke him up and said ‘get on stage’.

Backed by the tight band that held Ure together, Young struggled from the get go through his set-list.

Some People, Love For the Common People and No Parlez – a few of the songs that sounded mismatched and out of sync. Young trying his best to grab the tones and the moods for each one. His vocals throwing all of the tightness behind him into some sort of an abyss. Remember those old Godzilla movies that were overdubbed into English? Paul Young’s performance was almost as comical. His voice set the unity of the band off by a nano second.

One of the covers Young performed; Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love, at least relaxed the musical ear as the band and Paul slipped – but did not trip, into a funky Bluesy jam. It’s very hard to screw up the Blues so there appeared to be greatness lurking in the shadows. Unfortunately not …

Ure joined Young for a musically great rendition of The Boys are Back in Town – a tune by Ure’s ‘other’ band. With the help of another singer on stage – Young was adequate.

Those few who were in attendance at Club Soda last night left with one song in their heads which Young performed sounding nothing like his former self.

Unfortunately – most altered the lyrics …

‘Every time you go away – please do not come back again …’

 

East of Sunday are opening for Carvin Jones June 21st at Club Soda

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Rick Keene Music Scene – 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival Preview; Dr. Lonnie Smith – A Legend Among Us.

Legends are few and far between …

Dr. Lonnie Smith is one of them.

The word is tossed around too loosely based upon false fame. The good doctor has earned his status for performing  and creating music for over five decades.

 

He has played with everyone in the Jazz world that is notable and in 2017 – Smith received the highest honor in the Jazz world. The NEA Jazz Masters Award.

His sense of musicianship is second to none and he continues touring and creating with an antenna to the sky …

 

Please listen below to part one of my chat with Dr. Lonnie Smith in advance of his upcoming appearance as part of The Montreal International Jazz Festival.

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Rick Keene Music Scene -April Wine’s Co-Founder Jim Henman Has Had Enough of School Shootings and Is Doing Something About It !

Children are the future …

Imagine how the world will appear in ten years? Imagine there is no safe zone at all? Homes and schools – the two places where kids should feel safe. A pair of sacred turfs now affected more and more by gun violence in the United States of America.

One of the co – founders of April Wine, Jim Henman , has been affected by the senseless shootings south of the border. He was so profoundly moved by the acts of violence – he wrote a song.

The song ‘Some of These Children’ is a poignant and stirring take on events that have affected everyone. Parents, teachers, relatives and the entire world.

Uncomfortable numb as they walk and continue their lives in shock and disbelief.

Jim Henman is donating fifty percent of all sales from the song to The Boys And Girls Club of Greater Halifax. This is a start to not only help the kids in Nova Scotia – to also send a message globally that us humans have had enough.

Please listen below to my chat with Jim and hear the song ‘Some of These Children’. Please share this as much as possible …

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Making a difference and sending a message can do something.

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