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Thread: Big Mardi Gras parade to close the Jazz fest tonight!

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    Big Mardi Gras parade to close the Jazz fest tonight!

    Anyone who happens to be downtown tonight will have a blast because there's going to be a big Mardi Gras style parade on Ste-Catherine street starting at 7 PM tonight at Fort street going all the way east to the Jazz festival site. They're going to have 50,000 bead necklaces to throw out to the crowd and in this heat there may be some great sites to be seen as the ladies compete to win their beads!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blues View Post
    As a 12 year veteran I'll add my .02.

    First and foremost, the organizers have managed to keep this massive festival fresh and interesting year after year. An amazing feat unto itself. In addition to seeing the well know it's a great opportunity to be exposed to new artist and music. This year I saw:

    Eric Burdon and the Animals, great show, 3 curtain calls. Very rowdy until the house lights came up and everyone magically transformed into grey hair, bifocal wearing geezers like myself.
    Sophie Hunger, an unknown Swiss chick who cast a spell over the entire audience. No one but no one wanted it to end. It was at L'Astral which was a perfect venue for this show.
    Nikki Yanofsky, local girl does good. She is a 16 year old Montreal chic well on her way to stardom, yes she is that good.
    Jeri Brown, Jazz singer from Toronto played the Upstairs Jazz club, perfect venue for her, great show.
    Joan Armatrady, probably mis-spelled her name, good show, I like her stuff but caught myself checking my watch. Maybe it was the venue.
    Gil Scott Heron, Mr No-Show. Apparently he has a reputation for that, wish I'd know that earlier. Got the run around from Club Soda and Ticketpro about the refund. Jerks.

    I came out of the Sophie Hunger concert absolutely spell bound and was surprised to find 150,000 people out in the street jumping up and down to the sounds of a Klezmer band of all things, yes it was the No Smoking Orchestra that chercherfemmes mentioned. These guys were 'right off the boat' but man could they play. Great show. And this was at 11pm on a Monday night.

    If you've never been to the Montreal Jazz Festival it is an incredible experience. Most of the shows are free, although there can be really large crowds it's very well run and organized. Most of the music isn't tradition Jazz. There is alot of Blues, Latin Jazz ( high energy stuff ), some rock, and even a couple Brazilian divas throw in. Very lively. The impromptu jam sessions at some of the local clubs are off the charts.
    Used to be very well into 'only' Jazz during the Jazz fest. I would go see dozens of shows at least and from these I would pick 4 or 5 newbies for I felt it was my way to support the artists and the event. I would go to all 'free concert' I could and I would buy two dozens CDs at least every time.

    The Jazz fest really contributed way much more to the diversity of this town than all the gov. 'multi-culturalisme campaign' in making this town what is has become.

    From this festival came hundreds of ideas, events and other festivals that gave us the oportunity to embrace the world's culture.
    It's the real extension of what expo 67' has been for Montreal.

    Now the Jazz fest is getting to be more and more a mirror of this town with different kinds of music and shows as well.

    I don't attend very much nowadays but if there's one thing I wouldn't have any problem paying more income for in Mtrl, this would be it.

    These people do a fantastic and incredible job at renewing their ideas and they don't put loads of money in their pockets like almost any gov. initiative.
    Last edited by JH Fan; 07-11-2010 at 11:29 AM.

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    I simply hate the jazz fest precisely because there'a almost no jazz. I'm from the ol' school : Jazz is a music that should be listened in a smoky bar with booze on your table, with hookers and wanne be pimps around you. Jazz is not a music for the whole family with parents pushing their toddlers in a stroller.

    I miis the clubs that were once famous in Montreal: Tête de lard, Rockheads Paradise, Café Mojo (Respect to my former mentor Sayyd Abdul al-Khabyyr) In Concert (where I catched Yuseef Lateef a very long time ago), The PLayboy Club. My favorite spot was Le Soleil Levant where I heard so many cool cats such as McCoy Tyner, Sonny Stitt, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Cecil Taylor, Dexter Gordon (my man!), Rashaan Roland Kirk, Elvin Jones, Joe Pass, Archie Shepp, and so many others...

    I particularly remember a Dizzy Gillespie concert (he played several gigs durring a whole week) at the (new) Rockheads in St-Henri - that club was owned by Doudou Boicel who was the former owner of the Soleil Levant- Doudou was well known among american jazz musicians visiting Montreal to pay very poorly. So Dizzy said between the first and the second sets «By some booze it will help Doudou to make some cash. Doudou pays weekly...very weakly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by protagoras View Post
    I'm from the ol' school : Jazz is a music that should be listened in a smoky bar with booze on your table, with hookers and wanne be pimps around you. Jazz is not a music for the whole family with parents pushing their toddlers in a stroller.

    I miis the clubs that were once famous in Montreal.
    I agree with you completely, but I don't "hate the jazz fest" as you do. The way to look at it is a fun festival of many types of music to attract the general public in large crowds. As such it is very successful and worthy of pride - it's just the name that is not appropriate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by protagoras View Post
    I simply hate the jazz fest precisely because there'a almost no jazz. I'm from the ol' school : Jazz is a music that should be listened in a smoky bar with booze on your table, with hookers and wanne be pimps around you. Jazz is not a music for the whole family with parents pushing their toddlers in a stroller.
    Disagree.
    Even the francofolies are changing precisely cuze the afionados wants to keep whatever they love to themselves and keep it like it always been.
    Usually this is precisely what kills the activity.

    Yes, I'm for to keep part of it for the ones who wants the way it used to be.
    But if it would have stayed only the ol' school way, you wouldn't have so many people getting to learn and appreciate Jazz.

    This why I just love W. Marsalis.
    The man explore and spreads the 'good word'.
    He's making it easy to learn for kids and for those who don't know much about it.

    This way Jazz won't die when the ol' dies.

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