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Live Review: 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival, Weekend 1

One way to define a music festival: the sum of its memorable moments. There were plenty of those moments to savor during the first four days of the 40th annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which kicked off in late June on 20 stages in the city’s downtown Quartier des Spectacles.   Which highlights … Read More “Live Review: 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival, Weekend 1”

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Various Artists: Jazz Loves Disney

The notion that jazz singers love Disney tunes is hardly new, the relationship stretching from Johnny Mercer’s 1947 rendition of Song of the South’s Oscar-winning “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” to Steve Tyrell’s Disney Standards, from 2006. Never, though, has so ambitious or smartly executed a Disney-themed collection of vocal jazz been assembled as this. Recorded in 2014 and … Read More “Various Artists: Jazz Loves Disney”

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Melody Gardot: The Absence

Three years ago, vocalist and pianist Melody Gardot’s sophomore album, the platinum My One and Only Thrill, confirmed her status as one of the most acclaimed and beloved performers around. Since then, the bulk of her time has been taken up with touring across five continents. Perhaps, given the long wait fans have endured, the … Read More “Melody Gardot: The Absence”

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