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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

On The Local Scene At The 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

Read "On The Local Scene At The 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

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The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM) is a magnificent celebration of jazz as well many other musical genres. The festival celebrated its 39th anniversary this past year. I have had the distinct pleasure of attending over 30 of them. FIJM has been ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Coffee and Croissants with Oddgier Berg

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In this episode, special guest pianist Oddgeir Berg talks about his trio's album Before Dawn [Ozella Music] and the strength and depth of the Finnish jazz scene. The playlist includes lots of new music from artists like Cloudmakers 5 through to Nat Birchall.

Playlist Cloudmakers 5 “The Past Is Another Country" from Chinese ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

Various Artists: Oscar, with Love

Read "Oscar, with Love" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To mark the ninetieth anniversary of the legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson's birth (August 15, 2015), Peterson's widow, Kelly Peterson, produced a tribute album for the ages: Oscar, with Love, a marvelous three-disc set comprising ten never-before-recorded Peterson compositions, nineteen of his better-known works and seven compositions written especially for him, performed by sixteen contemporary piano ...

Take Five with Josh Hanlon

Read "Take Five with Josh Hanlon" reviewed by Josh Hanlon

About Josh Hanlon
Josh Hanlon's love of music has spanned five continents. He has played piano with luminaries of country music, musical theatre and film, and almost every other genre, but he is first and foremost driven by a love of jazz. He has two albums to his credit as a leader and several ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2014

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Ambrose Akinmusire By Invitation
Tigran By Invitation
Tord Gustavsen Quartet / Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana, Mehliana
June 26-July 6, 2014

There simply isn't a festival in the world like the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Where else in the world can you ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

New Short Film Launched On Noted Montreal Jazz Drummer Jim Doxas

New Short Film Launched On Noted Montreal Jazz Drummer Jim Doxas

A film by Randy Cole Noted jazz drummer Jim Doxas speaks eloquently about color and texture, and how they define his musical ideas. Set in Montreal landmark club Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill and in the studio of artist Fung Sou, this short film puts you in the drummer's seat, and before the painter's canvas, conceptually blending ...

Oliver Jones: Just For My Lady

Read "Just For My Lady" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Oliver Jones has become something of a national treasure on the Canadian jazz scene over the past three decades. That's all the more remarkable considering the fact that this soon-to-be eighty year old didn't start making jazz recordings until he was in his 50s.

In many respects, as his recording career has ...

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Montreal Jazz Festival to Feature Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Wynton Marsalis & More

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD in collaboration with Rio Tinto Alcan, has announced some of the initial concerts scheduled for the 34th edition which runs from June 28 to July 7. With a program featuring artists ranging from the music legends to bright new stars, this year’s participants includes Aretha Franklin, ...