John Kelman's Best Live Shows of 2009

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It was a great year for live music, what with covering six festivals and a host of individual shows, from Canada to Germany to Norway. Perhaps most remarkable was just how consistently fine every show was, but of the 99 shows covered in 2009 for AAJ, 17 stood out as being especially memorable. In chronological order:


1. April 28, 2009: Five Peace Band with Chick Corea and John McLaughlin Salle Wilfred-Pelletier in Montréal, Canada

Five Peace Band, from left: Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Christian McBride Brian Blade, Kenny Garrett


2. June 13, 2009: John Geggie Trio, with Edward Simon and Jim Doxas Fourth Stage in Ottawa, Canada

From left: Edward Simon, John Geggie, Jim Doxas




3. June 29, 2009: Enrico Rava/Stefano Bollani Duo TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival in Ottawa, Canada

From left: Stefano Bollani, Enrico Rava


4. July 1, 2009: The Monterey 4, Festival International De Jazz De Montréal in Montréal, Canada

The Monterey 4, from left: Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Chris Potter Dave Holland, Eric Harland




5. July 3, 2009: Aaron Parks Trio Festival International De Jazz De Montréal in Montréal, Canada


6. July 5, 2009: Kenny Werner Festival International De Jazz De Montréal in Montréal, Canada


7. July 6, 2009: Jeff Beck Group Festival International De Jazz De Montréal in Montréal, Canada

Jeff Beck Group, from left: Vinnie Colaiuta, Tal Wilkenfeld, Jeff Beck, Jason Rebello


8. July 15, 2009: Christian Wallumrød Ensemble Molde Jazz Festival in Molde, Norway

Christian Wallumrød Ensemble, from left: Christian Wallumrød Nils Økland, Arve Henriksen


9. July 16, 2009: Supersilent Molde Jazz Festival in Molde, Norway

Supersilent, from left: Ståle Storløkken, Arve Henriksen, Deathprod


10. July 18, 2009: Arve Henriksen Festival Closing Concert Molde Jazz Festival in Molde, Norway

From left: Ståle Storløkken, Jan Bang

From left: Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Tornn Østrem Ossum, Anna Maria Friman




11. July 18, 2009: Jaga Jazzist Molde Jazz Festival in Molde, Norway

Drummer Martin Horntveth of Jaga Jazzist


12. September 3, 2009: Jarle Bernhoft Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Norway


13. September 4, 2009: Sweet Billy Pilgrim Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Norway

Sweet Billy Pilgrim, from left: David Preece, Tim Elsenberg Anthony Bishop, Alistair Hamer




14. September 5, 2009: Arve Henriksen Cartography Trio Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Norway


15. October 8, 2009: Allan Holdsworth Trio Maison de la Culture de Gatineau in Gatineau, Canada


16. October 25, 2009: Anouar Brahem Quartet Enjoy Jazz Festival ECM at 40 in Mannheim, Germany






17. October 25, 2009: Enrico Rava New York Days Enjoy Jazz Festival ECM at 40 in Mannheim, Germany



Photo Credits

Enrico Rava with Stefano Bollani, Five Peace Band, John Geggie Trio: John R. Fowler

Jarle Bernhoft, Sweet Billy Pilgrim: Jan Hangeland

All Other Photos: John Kelman


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