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Stanley Clarke & Hiromi in Montreal

Bass-and-keys virtuosity kicks off this year's Montreal International fest

Stanley Clarke and Hiromi at the 2010 Telluride Jazz Celebration

Stanley Clarke may well be the busiest musician at the 33rd annual Montreal International Jazz Festival. As one of the festival’s “Invitation” series artists, the supremely talented bassist is leading four different groups in as many nights in Montreal.

The 60-year-old jazz icon kicked off his run in remarkable fashion on June 28-the opening night of the festival-by performing in an acoustic duo setting with 33-year-old pianist extraordinaire Hiromi at Théâtre Jean-Duceppe.

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