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Charlie Biddle

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Charlie Biddle is a musical institution. Across the continent, his reputation precedes him among jazz musicians. In Quebec, his name has been synonymous with jazz, Charlie's life story cuts through linguistic, cultural and racial barriers. When the Biddle Family opened the 1995 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, they were introduced as "the royal family of Montreal music". That Montreal stages the most successful jazz festival in the world is due in part to the efforts of Charlie Biddle. When he organized the first Montreal jazz festival, "Jazz de Chez Nous" in 1979, he was told that it would never work, jazz was then totally foreign to Quebec's culture. The Biddle family has its roots in the slave plantations of North Carolina, they moved to the industrialized North after the Civil War

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I Remember Charlie Biddle

Read "I Remember Charlie Biddle" reviewed by Steve Holt


Charlie Biddle--even the name sounds like show biz. But it didn't take long for that name to become a pseudonym for Montreal jazz. I guess it helps to a club named after you.When anyone talked of Montreal jazz, Charlie's name always came up. Truly he was one of those larger-than-life figures. Not only did ...

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Charlie Biddle: Father of Montreal Jazz Festival

Read "Charlie Biddle: Father of Montreal Jazz Festival" reviewed by Ed Hamilton


Charlie Biddle and his bass fiddle brought Jazz to Montreal and all of Quebec. Biddle died February 5th and only one city in North America really knows who he was and why he was so important to that city. Charlie as he was known to all was a bassist extraordinaire and jazz club restaurateur ...


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