Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Preview. Men without Hats

You can dance if you want to ... How many songs in Canadian music are recognizable by a few words? How many Canadian tunes are responsible for creating a non - dance dance craze? Say what?  Please listen below to  my chat with Ivan Doroschuk - the writer and composer of 'The Safety Dance'  and … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal Jazz Festival Preview. Men without Hats

Cliff Stevens – The Prodigal Guitarist Returns to Montreal to Prove ‘Grass Won’t Grow’.

Cliff Stevens' hands aren't slow.   Despite many years portraying Eric Clapton as means to meet the ends, Stevens' is on his way to 'bucking' the label. 'Grass Wont Grow' - Stevens' new album, is an accumulation of years of practice and years of being on the road. Easy going riffs compliment easier going melodies … Continue reading Cliff Stevens – The Prodigal Guitarist Returns to Montreal to Prove ‘Grass Won’t Grow’.

Rick Keene Music Scene Jazz Festival Preview – An Extensive Chat with Dr. Trevor Payne

Dr. Trevor Payne is a Montreal institution. He may only be realizing it now.   Dr. Payne and his Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir have soared to heights not imagined by anyone. Considered to be one of  the top choirs in the world, Trevor Payne is ending his tenure as their leader. Something which is causing … Continue reading Rick Keene Music Scene Jazz Festival Preview – An Extensive Chat with Dr. Trevor Payne

Michelle Sweeney; Down-to-Earth Diva?

How many people do you know that worked with George  Clooney, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion and Oliver Jones? Not to mention - Dr. Trevor Payne and The Montreal Jubilation Choir. Michelle Sweeney has all the ingredients of being a Diva. Nothing can be further from the truth given the negative condemnations normally associated with … Continue reading Michelle Sweeney; Down-to-Earth Diva?

Jerry Mercer- AsThe Years Go By; Part Six

In this final segment of my interview with Mr. Mercer - the drummer discusses working with Trevor Payne in this summer's upcoming version of Porgy and Bess. He also speaks of his legacy, his integrity and what he has learned over the years about life. Oh ya - he will also tell you his favorite … Continue reading Jerry Mercer- AsThe Years Go By; Part Six

Carolyn Fe – Blues Collective; Collectively Yours …

Sometimes - it is not about the money. Such is this case with a bunch of blues musicians who have come together from different areas of the globe. According to bassist Oisin Little of London, England; no matter how much he loves the blues - it would not be the same if he did not … Continue reading Carolyn Fe – Blues Collective; Collectively Yours …