Michel Pagliaro; Quebec’s Greatest Songwriter?

 Michel Pagliaro is a legend in Quebec ... Anglophone artists, Francophone artists - any genre, unconsciously or consciously affected  by 'Pag'. Rarely do artists create such a vast 'society affecting' songbook in a quick period of time. The Guess Who, Dylan,The Beatles, The Stones,Elvis and Pag. For this reason, it is fitting after all these … Continue reading Michel Pagliaro; Quebec’s Greatest Songwriter?

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

Susie Arioli ain't new to these parts ... 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 … Continue reading Susie Arioli; Montreal’s ‘Dearest Darlin’. Jazz Festival Review

Susie Arioli Live and It’s Not Yet ‘Spring’ …

Rarely does a golden voice come along ... Susie Arioli happens to possess one of these shimmery tools. Lucky for Montreal !   Please listen below to my chat with Susie on the eve of her performance at THEATRE OUTREMONT. The first appearance in Montreal promoting her new album 'Spring'. The first on her new … Continue reading Susie Arioli Live and It’s Not Yet ‘Spring’ …

Michel Pagliaro is Back! Sorta …

   Michel Pagliaro is a legend in Quebec ...   Anglophone artists, Francophone artists - any type of gender from a particular era in Montreal, unconsciously or consciously affected  by 'Pag'. Rarely do artists create such a vast songbook in a short period of time. Dylan, The Beatles, Elvis and Pag.   For this reason, it is only fitting, after all these … Continue reading Michel Pagliaro is Back! Sorta …

Welcome to Montreal Emilie – Claire Barlow! It’s a ‘Clear Day’ …

Emilie - Claire Barlow loves Montreal. So much so, she made a life altering decision and moved to the city to pursue her Juno Award winning musical career. A life changing trip on board a Coast Guard ship in the Arctic also played into Emilie's decision to change her life completely. To enter her new … Continue reading Welcome to Montreal Emilie – Claire Barlow! It’s a ‘Clear Day’ …

What’s Happening in Montreal and on Rick Keene Music Scene

New York, New Jersey, New Guinea ... new tunes! Plus - lots of upcoming shows in and around Montreal!     Stop by every Sunday for a schedule of weekly and monthly shows and by clicking on the Evenko and Jazz Festival logos - a one stop shopping adventure to buy tickets too! Only on … Continue reading What’s Happening in Montreal and on Rick Keene Music Scene

Montreal’s Jazz Sweetheart Susie Arioli – ‘Spring’ Is in the Air. Part Two

  If there are not any subliminal messages within the title of Susie Arioli's new album, there should be ... Susie has recorded an album without Jordan Officer on guitar. A new beginning for Susie and the album title mirrors that rebirth. In perfect Arioli fashion - the title track 'stings' with irony. Both sides … Continue reading Montreal’s Jazz Sweetheart Susie Arioli – ‘Spring’ Is in the Air. Part Two

Montreal’s Jazz Sweetheart Susie Arioli – ‘Spring’ Is in the Air. Part One

  If there are not any subliminal messages within the title of Susie Arioli's new album, there should be ... Susie has recorded an album without Jordan Officer on guitar. A new beginning for Susie and the album title mirrors that rebirth. In perfect Arioli fashion - the title track 'stings' with irony. Both sides … Continue reading Montreal’s Jazz Sweetheart Susie Arioli – ‘Spring’ Is in the Air. Part One

Montreal International Jazz Festival 2014 – Recap Part Two.

It is the people of Montreal that make the Jazz Festival so good. 'If you build it - they will come ...' Musicians from Zaire to Atlanta, each and every one of them, during the Jazz Festival or in the cold winter months, exude the same sentiment. "Montreal has the best crowds ..." Maybe it … Continue reading Montreal International Jazz Festival 2014 – Recap Part Two.

Montreal International Jazz Festival 2014 Preview; Susie Arioli – Part Deux

In part two of my interview with Susie Arioli - we discuss labels within music and in life. She also touches on her new album along with her show at the 2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival. July 4th - Scene TD. Two shows - 8pm and 10pm . Be there or be carre ... Susie? … Continue reading Montreal International Jazz Festival 2014 Preview; Susie Arioli – Part Deux

Montreal International Jazz Festival Preview 2014; Susie Arioli

It was a voice she never knew she had. Far more talented than imagined. Susie Arioli took that voice and traveled far. For the most part - Jordan Officer accompanied her on a musical voyage filled with wonder, excitement and satisfaction. Whether it be playing at Place des Arts or on stage in Paris, France … Continue reading Montreal International Jazz Festival Preview 2014; Susie Arioli

Top Ten Interviews of 2012

I am continuing the top ten interviews I conducted in 2012 ... So far ... 10. Lee Mellor 9.Jason Rockman 8. Susie Arioli 7. Cecile Doo Kingue 6. Roger Walls Roger Walls is a walking Jazz encyclopedia. Is it any wonder ...? Walls has been around playing his horns for thirty plus years. If he … Continue reading Top Ten Interviews of 2012

Susie Arioli; Concert Review

Sometimes, poems are written in the dark ... Thoughts and feelings piercing the blackness like a knife profound with emotion. Last night at Place Des Arts - Susie Arioli and her excellent group of musicians delivered lines on a platter spun with golden oldies. The patrons or as the English say; the punters - recipients … Continue reading Susie Arioli; Concert Review