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Off means On at the October Jazz Fest

Off Festival de Jazz returns with 22 concerts and related cultural activities.

Montreal International Jazz Festival: Irwin Block’s jazziest picks
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Montreal International Jazz Festival: Irwin Block’s jazziest picks

Here are my picks for the most promising shows at this summer’s Montreal International Jazz Festival. Choices are limited to what qualifies as jazz.

Music review: You Make me Feel so Young, Karen Young
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Music review: You Make me Feel so Young, Karen Young

With both insouciance and passion, singer Karen Young engages and entertains in the many facets of music she has explored.

Red-hot jazz club Upstairs plans blowout 20th birthday party
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Red-hot jazz club Upstairs plans blowout 20th birthday party

It’s 10am on a Friday and the owner-manager of Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill has been at work for almost an hour. He won’t leave until midnight.

CD Review: Baptiste Trotignon  (HIT/Naïve)
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CD Review: Baptiste Trotignon (HIT/Naïve)

There is an overwhelming sense of joy and playfulness in this latest album by French pianist Baptiste Trotignon, who has never sounded better.

Norman Marshall Villeneuve makes those drums sing. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Norman Marshall Villeneuve bops away at House of Jazz

Norman Marshall Villeneuve is back in town, and the party’s on.

Preview: Altsys Jazz at Sala Rossa
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Preview: Altsys Jazz at Sala Rossa

The Altsys Jazz Orchestra has carved out a special place for itself over the past quarter century, performing beautiful and challenging works by modern masters.

Montreal Great: Trumpeter Ron Di Lauro
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Montreal Great: Trumpeter Ron Di Lauro

Music has always been part of Ron Di Lauro’s life. You can hear it when he plays his trumpet, whether it’s jazz, pop, traditional Italian or classical. The tone is warm, slightly sweet, and the mix of skill and passion is immediately evident. I first saw him perform as the […]

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Oliver Jones celebrates a lifetime of musical excellence

Seventy-five years ago, a five-year-old boy, already noticed by many for his musical talent, was waiting backstage to perform his rendition of the jazz standard In the Mood at a gathering of the Union United Church in Little Burgundy. It was his first public appearance in the variety show, a […]

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CD reviews: Kleztory, Spaces

Kleztory Arrival AMERIX This Quebec-based Klezmer group has been around for more than a decade, but it has never sounded better. A sextet with a mix of Quebec-trained and European musicians, the collective is rooted in the traditional Romanian/Gypsy/Turkish party music that is so easy to love, yet broadened by […]