Rick Keene Music Scene – David Myles; Real Love

Pop music ain't what it used to be ...     David Myles is doing something about it. Combining old school thoughts with new school riffs without duplicating anything. Easy right? Make people dance right?     Please listen below as David talks about the new album and how he came up with the idea … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – David Myles; Real Love

Rick Keene Music Scene – Sheldon Kagan; A Success Story. Part Four

Imagine telling your Mom; 'I'm moving out!' (when you are fifteen years of age?)   Imagine the reaction of your parents even if you have a full time job? Imagine the reaction if you only have a couple of events planned at $25.00 each? Welcome to the start of Sheldon Kagan's career as a mobile disc … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Sheldon Kagan; A Success Story. Part Four

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 !       Listen to my interview with Lawrence Gowan of Styx below … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg

The League of Rock Montreal – Showcasing Enters a Different Level !

 Johnny was a schoolboy when he heard his first Beatle song, 'Love me do,' I think it was. From there it didn't take him long. Got himself a guitar, used to play every night, Now he's in a rock 'n' roll outfit, And everything's all right, don't you know? Johnny told his mama, hey, 'Mama, … Continue reading The League of Rock Montreal – Showcasing Enters a Different Level !

Barbra Lica Is ‘ Still Learning’. A Great Thing for Music Lovers of All Genres. Full Two Part Interview

Once upon a time, there were four categories of music to play if you wanted to reach radio stardom ... Rock, Country, Jazz and Blues. There were other genres such as Classical and Opera yet face it, the stars of the latter ( minus a handful) did not reach the same global popularity as the stars of … Continue reading Barbra Lica Is ‘ Still Learning’. A Great Thing for Music Lovers of All Genres. Full Two Part Interview

Barbra Lica Is ‘ Still Learning’. A Great Thing for Music Lovers of All Genres.

Once upon a time, there were four categories of music to play if you wanted to reach radio stardom ... Rock, Country, Jazz and Blues. There were other genres such as Classical and Opera yet face it, the stars of the latter ( minus a handful) did not reach the same global popularity as the stars of … Continue reading Barbra Lica Is ‘ Still Learning’. A Great Thing for Music Lovers of All Genres.

Jonas’ Massive November 25th Christmas Party!

Jonas Tomalty was not the best behaved high school student. Having a Father as a teacher kept things interesting. Having a Father in his own high school made things trickier. Add all this to the fact his Mom was a guidance councilor, well - it's no wonder Jonas became a Rock n Roll rebel ... … Continue reading Jonas’ Massive November 25th Christmas Party!

A Must Listen as Junkyard Villain Rocks The Cause ! Saturday November 19th. Be There or Be Square!

Canadians are a friendly bunch. A place where citizens practice apologies rather than hate. Slap-shots in lieu of slander. Snowball fights instead of ignorance. In short - Canadians are kind, helpful and giving. You know ... polite. If there is one Canadian who exemplifies what it is to be Canadian, it is The Junkyard Villain.  … Continue reading A Must Listen as Junkyard Villain Rocks The Cause ! Saturday November 19th. Be There or Be Square!

Delfeayo Marsalis – Making America Great Again ! Part Three.

 Delfeayo Marsalis comes from Jazz royalty. The Marsalis clan are considered to be building blocks and messengers for the great tradition of New Orleans music. Carrying the torch and integrity of  great American Jazz. Delfeayo Marsalis, perhaps more than his brothers Wynton and Branford, or - in a different way, is educating  the folks in … Continue reading Delfeayo Marsalis – Making America Great Again ! Part Three.

The League of Rock Montreal – Showcasing One Month of Hard Work !

  Well - to coin the name of a recent video title, this is it ... The League of Rock Montreal, following four weeks of rehearsals, is showcasing the results on November 2nd at McKibbons West Island. The first step towards the bands recording their songs on to CD at a professional studio in Showcase … Continue reading The League of Rock Montreal – Showcasing One Month of Hard Work !

Delfeayo Marsalis – Making America Great Again ! Part Two.

 Delfeayo Marsalis comes from Jazz royalty. The Marsalis clan are considered to be building blocks and messengers for the great tradition of New Orleans music. Carrying the torch and integrity of  great American Jazz. Delfeayo Marsalis, perhaps more than his brothers Wynton and Branford, or - in a different way, is educating  the folks in … Continue reading Delfeayo Marsalis – Making America Great Again ! Part Two.

Delfeayo Marsalis – Making America Great Again ! Part One.

 Delfeayo Marsalis comes from Jazz royalty. The Marsalis clan are considered to be building blocks and messengers for the great tradition of New Orleans music. Carrying the torch and integrity of  great American Jazz. Delfeayo Marsalis, perhaps more than his brothers Wynton and Branford, or - in a different way, is educating  the folks in … Continue reading Delfeayo Marsalis – Making America Great Again ! Part One.

Guitarist Cameron Mizell – Filling Up The ‘Negative Spaces’. Part Two

 A Blues Saxophone player once told the tale of playing alongside legendary harp player James Cotton in Chicago. On stage, during a tune, the saxophonist leaned over and asked Cotton how he was doing. The band was tight and judging by the reaction of the crowd, the groove was happening. Cotton spoke into his ear two … Continue reading Guitarist Cameron Mizell – Filling Up The ‘Negative Spaces’. Part Two

Guitarist Cameron Mizell – Filling Up The ‘Negative Spaces’. Part One

    A Blues Saxophone player once told the tale of playing alongside legendary harp player James Cotton in Chicago. On stage, during a tune, the saxophonist leaned over and asked Cotton how he was doing. The band was tight and judging by the reaction of the crowd, the groove was happening. Cotton spoke into his … Continue reading Guitarist Cameron Mizell – Filling Up The ‘Negative Spaces’. Part One

Kanawake’s Star Guitar Player Lends His Talent to The League of Rock Montreal !

The League of Rock attracts stars.  Local musicians like Corey Diabo who have made their mark globally through talent and hard work. Diabo, a Kanawake native, stopped by The League of Rock Montreal last week and lent twenty years of knowledge to the musicians who aspire to greatness at The League of Rock Montreal.  Brian … Continue reading Kanawake’s Star Guitar Player Lends His Talent to The League of Rock Montreal !

Corey Diabo Talks Chuck Berry and His Partner-in-Crime ; Jonas.

The League of Rock attracts stars.  Local musicians who have struck 'the big time' in one way or another, lend their skills, experience and know-how to The League of Rock.  Last Wednesday, it was Corey Diabo of Jonas and the Massive Attraction fame who stopped by. The week before - Brian Greenway of April Wine; … Continue reading Corey Diabo Talks Chuck Berry and His Partner-in-Crime ; Jonas.

Corey Diabo’s ‘ Massive Attraction ‘ to The League of Rock Montreal ! Part One.

The League of Rock attracts stars.  Local musicians who have struck 'the big time' in one way or another, lend their skills, experience and know-how to The League of Rock.  Last Wednesday, it was Corey Diabo of Jonas and the Massive Attraction fame who stopped by. The week before - Brian Greenway of April Wine; … Continue reading Corey Diabo’s ‘ Massive Attraction ‘ to The League of Rock Montreal ! Part One.

Guitarist ‘Franciso Pais’ Blends Blues and Rock Influences Into Jazz

Portugal has a great music scene.  Guitarist Francisco Pais did not abandon his country of birth and move to Boston, Ma. for lack of music. Or - did he ? Please listen below as Francisco explains his life thus far, his guitar influences and the thinking behind his new album ; Verde.  Stay tuned for … Continue reading Guitarist ‘Franciso Pais’ Blends Blues and Rock Influences Into Jazz

Singer and Pianist Daniela Schachter Suffers a ‘ Vanheusinism’ With Latest Record

Sometimes we hear music composed by a name we do not know. That music is adored globally, wins awards and yet the composer goes relatively unnoticed in everyday life. Such is the case with Jimmy Van Heusen. Van Heusen was instrumental ( no pun intended) in the career of Frank Sinatra. Penning ( among other … Continue reading Singer and Pianist Daniela Schachter Suffers a ‘ Vanheusinism’ With Latest Record

‘Tragically’ … Hip. A Farewell to Gord Downie.

What could possibly be be going through Gord Downie's diseased head tonight as he prepares to take his final curtain call as the frontman for Canada in front of the ' home crowd' ? Downie - and his band, The Tragically Hip, are closing out a career prematurely due to Downie's incurable brain cancer. The … Continue reading ‘Tragically’ … Hip. A Farewell to Gord Downie.

Trois Rivieres En Blues – From Local Star Justin Saladino to Colin James and Steppenwolf, This Festival is a Must Hear !

          The Blues are a community ... Following a brief hiatus - Trois Rivieres en Blues is back once more for it's eight session in it's current format. Local Montreal stars such as Angel Forrest, Pat Loiselle and Justin Saladino will grace the stages along with Trois Rivieres-boy-done-good; Mr. Steve Hill. … Continue reading Trois Rivieres En Blues – From Local Star Justin Saladino to Colin James and Steppenwolf, This Festival is a Must Hear !

Rick Keene Music Scene – Messin’ with Paul Arthur and Raisin’ Cain !

Paul Arthur and Raisin' Cain make their long awaited debut at The House of Jazz  Paul Arthur has long been a staple in the montreal Blues scene going back to the days of the Rising Sun. Originally from Boston but raised in Montreal - Paul and his band recently won a contest as best Blues … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Messin’ with Paul Arthur and Raisin’ Cain !

The Flying Joes – Old School Rock n’ Roll !

The lead singer of The Flying Joes - Syd Bedard, is having fun ! His band has a new album titled 'Let It Out !' and they are commencing their first tour ... Please listen below as Syd explains his band, the album, the tour and why it may not be such a good idea to … Continue reading The Flying Joes – Old School Rock n’ Roll !

Noah Preminger – A ‘ Bluesy ‘ Kinda Sax Player …

 Noah Preminger is not your average run-of-the-mill saxophone player ... A native of Connecticut, currently dividing his time between Boston and New York - Noah has released a very interesting album. 'Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground' brings the listener on a history lesson which revolves around Mississippi. In music language, Mississippi means the … Continue reading Noah Preminger – A ‘ Bluesy ‘ Kinda Sax Player …

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

The Jazz Festival is fast approaching. This week, the indoor schedule was announced. Some great names will pay Montreal a visit this summer both in music and in soul.   Please listen below to some artists that will be playing as well as where you can go to buy tickets !   Thanks for listening … Continue reading 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival Indoor Shows Preview – aka Great Tunes!

Jean-Michel Blais – A Pianist Making Waves …

  Jean -Michel Blais is a newcomer. Sort of ... Jean - Michel Blais started playing the organ at a young age which - in turn, led to the piano. Even though, a love-hate relationship developed for a while between Jean - Michel and music, it is now part of his life in a big … Continue reading Jean-Michel Blais – A Pianist Making Waves …

The Real Reason We Mourn Prince’s Death …

The artist formerly known as ' the artist formerly known as Prince', aka 'Prince' or 'Prince' Rogers Nelson - passed away. His death, echoing around the globe with thunderous fanfare via social media. Why ? The obvious reasons are acute. Fame, fame and more fame. The brighter the flame, the harder to extinguish. The brighter … Continue reading The Real Reason We Mourn Prince’s Death …

Lorraine Desmarais – Steppin’ Out and Dancing !

Lorraine Desmarais is an accomplished Jazz pianist.  Lorraine has received the 2002 Oscar Peterson Award from The Montreal International Jazz Festival and is a member of The Order of Canada.   Lorraine has released eight solo albums and one big band album.   Make that two with her latest release. Please listen below as Lorraine … Continue reading Lorraine Desmarais – Steppin’ Out and Dancing !

The Record Breakers; The Kids are Allright !

Some may call them a novelty act. Others may dismiss these teenagers as 'cute.'   If The Record Breakers' first EP is any indication, the band will be around a long time~ Please listen below as Hayden, Bella, Devan and Julian talk about their album and look for their keyboard player Michael. Guys? What's up? … Continue reading The Record Breakers; The Kids are Allright !