Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Montreal Jazz Festival - 30 years - young

Ben Harper closing the Montreal Jazz Festival -

I decided to fly up to Montreal to experience for the first time one of the biggest Jazz Festivals left in North America. Andre Menard is one of the original founders of this amazing festival. Michael Bourne (WBGO Personality and top Vocalists friend) was in rare form when we met at the press office this afternoon. I also saw Jeff Levenson (Half Note Records , The Blue Note Jazz Club, NYC.) and Mark Ruffin -main brain for XM Satellite Radio. I was lucky enough to receive a pass to slip in and out of various musical events. How I've missed attending this fantastic festival for half of my life, I don't know? There are venues that line several streets, stages everywhere, big concert halls, little clubs, etc.. several blocks filled with music. From the smallest venue to the largest venue the Montreal Festival consists of some of the greatest musicians you will find anywhere in the world.