It's been a nice few days - not the best Jazz Festival ever but ok. The opening day, I attended a CBC recording session of the Q show hosted by Gian Gomeshi. We heard pianist Hank Jones and saxist Joe ?, also Gregory Charles and a hot new band from Montreal - Creature. Then I went to the main opening show of the Jazz Festival for the Hommage à Leonard Cohen. I walked a way thinking - "What an INCREDIBLE songwriter and poet, especially poet" Cohen has a way of starting an phrase and you think you know what he's going to do with it, then he flips you into some other place in life altogether. Take this famous line from "Hallelujah" - "It goes like this the fourth the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift" - He takes it from technical musical jargon to life stuff in the same phrase. amazing. I long to be such a poet. I enjoyed hanging out with Anne and Duane afterwards at Benelux...we stayed way too late.
The second evening I wandered about with my buddy Kim and saw a little bit of a few things like Guy Bélanger's blues show and Sagapool.
Sunday night we started out watching The Small World Project, Montrealer who plays all kinds of small string instruments. It started raining just about the time we were going to watch the Sliding Hammers (sisters who play jazz trobones). After the rain slackened up we picked up a bit of Bartula and then rode our bikes in the drizzle.
Monday was forgettable. I caught the last half of Surferigno (3 québécois who are into surfer music-go figure, but it was good), Mayra Andrade from Cape Verde who sang in Portuguese and sounded a lot like many Brazilian singers I've heard. I joined up with Anne and her swing dance friends and watched them dance ot John Németh's blues band. I watched a bit more of the Bjorkestra but couldn't take it for long.
Tuesday was Canada day and the big customary free show. There were TONS of people there to see Bran Van 3000. I've never heard of them, so I guess I didn't get it. After 3 songs I went down to the old port to see the Canada festivites. There were TONS of people down there as well.