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Wednesday June 12, 2019


The 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival ‘” Coming Soon!
By Sheila Horne Mason

“On Wednesday, April 3, the Festival held a press conference/preview party in New York City, at Sirius XM Radio, hosted by Festival Co-founder and Vice President André Ménard. The event started with an excellent mini-concert by the Joshua Redman Quartet, with Joshua Redman on sax, bassist Reuben Rogers, pianist Aaron Goldberg, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. They played songs from their latest CD, Come What May, starting with ‘Circle of Life’ which had the greatest mix of rhythms, and it was as joy to listen to the energetic song. They followed up with ‘How We Do’ and ‘I’ll Go Mine.’

Journalist Mark Ruffin acted as MC, and he interviewed Joshua Redman. Joshua discussed his current tour, and the fact that he has played with these musicians for over 20 years. ‘We know each other very, very well as musicians,’ and he added that it makes such a difference when you perform with other artists you love. Redman also talked about the fact that this will be the last year that André Ménard will be Vice President of the Festival. He said, ‘I can’t even imagine the Festival without André Ménard‘¦There is no greater festival in the world‘¦You feel the celebratory feeling everywhere out in the streets.’ Ménard took the microphone and reminisced about the Festival over the years, that included artists like Oscar Peterson. He also gave an overview of the upcoming Festival’s line-up.”

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