Eyes closed concentrating on playing trumpet hitting a Jazz music crescendo this talented young musician showed excited Montreal audience why her band won the prestigious 2015 TD Grand Prix de Jazz award.
Rachel Therrien’s Quintet really wowed masses of fans that year, who packed in front of the huge TD Stage on the north-western part of the Quartier-des-Spectacles, listening to their unique music during the annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Winning that TD award gave Rachel and company inspiration to win the awesome 2016 Stingray Jazz Rising Star Award created by Stingray Digital Group Inc., the world-leading provider of multi-platform digital music services to recognize excellence in emerging creative music talent.
Since then the Rachel Therrien Quintet has also produced several new albums including their most recent an Afro-Colombian inspired Jazz one called “Pensamiento” and more is on the way!
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”CRESCENDO”.
Le Grand Ensemble Jazz De Saint-Eustache symphony trombones contribute their unique sound on large stage in concert during the 2017 annual Montreal Jazz Festival.
This large mostly brass band accompanied with a piano and some string instruments provided the backup music for at least two singers, a crooner and a diva who sang several popular American classics from 1950’s.
The scene is a slightly overcast sunny 3 Pm on Thursday July 5, 2017 on the Rio Tinto Stage on Saint Catherine Street in the Quartier-des-Spectacles in front of hundreds of local fans and international visitors.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SYMPHONY”.
Moment of satisfaction apparent in member of Urban Science Brass Band dressed in white as he extends his arms out meanwhile, showing mile-wide smile on his face in midst of crowd.
The trombone player is part of the brass/hip-hop/soul U.B.S.B.B.troupe of about 100 that entertain locals and visiting fans to the 2017 Montreal International Jazz Festival at 5 PM each day having taken over from West Tranz troupe.
These cool cats arrive armed with an MC, vocalists, street brake dancers, and brass instrumentalists like our trombone player traveling from stop to stop in the Quartier-des-Spectacles belting out their unique energetic classical loops full of beats meanwhile, surrounded by excited “groupie” type fans.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”SATISFACTION”
Street Meat, your non-traditional trio band, playing an interesting variety of Americana, Bluegrass, Prog Rock, Rockabilly, and Twisted Ragtime melded with a touch of Old-time Gypsy Soul and Punk.
These three born buskers are comfortable playing almost everywhere and have toured many places from Montreal to São Paulo singing and playing their unique brand of irresistible music.
The scene is 5 PM, Thursday July 6, 2017, inside Place Heineken beer tent during the recent Montreal International Jazz Festival as these alley cats perform their gig in front of an excited crowd of fans and tourists.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”TRADITIONAL”.
Each day at 5 PM musical transient troupe West Trainz would travel their special route making several brief, fleeting, stops along the way to entertain locals and visitors flocking downtown for the annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.
This seasoned, profession, troupe of musicians traveled on their special golf cart powered “train” pulling five small rolling stages, with sound system mimicking railroad station stops calling out cities (example: Chicago, Grand Central New York..) followed by bell ringing, the chug-along, and hiss reminiscent of old steam engine trains of that bygone era of rail travel experience.
After “arriving” at their “station” stop music would happen in the midst of hundreds of fans eager to enjoy it all never seeming to have enough of these guys because each day similar crowds would appear and descend on the train again.
Smiles adore tourist faces and some have their cellphones out recording the entertainment meanwhile, the train remains immobile surrounded by throngs of excited people enjoying it all.
My picture depicts the troupe’s two guitarists playing including its creator, Erik West Millette, wearing the blue overalls with big white patch with “West” and blue Stetson hat.
Other members not shown in this picture are the drummer, the trumpet player, and lone female miscellaneous “special” instruments player.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”TRANSIENT”.
Motley camera toting amateurs gang descend creating total digital madness trying to photograph famous Dwane Dixon Band on West Island Blues Festival stage.
It seemed like every one of them had similar expensive camera equipment, a battery packed Canon or Nikon with huge telephoto lens capped with large tooth shading tube designed to limit or eliminate errant sunlight, should there be any, mitigating in the quality of their digital images.
As my picture shows, enhanced face and upper torso shots appear to be in vogue for this bunch competing with each other positioning themselves in middle of field in front of the stage for their shots.
The scene was the West Island Blues Festival 14th edition last Saturday June 17, 2017, an annual event to raise money for a host of worthy local charitable groups, the famous Dwane Dixon band was on stage playing songs from their fantastic “Working Man Blues’ album.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”TOTAL”.
Last summer from distant Tokyo thirteen sax masters, that is 13 baritone saxophonists although only seven are depicted here, visited Montreal playing their instruments to create their incredible hybrid music.
This young troupe of Japanese musicians called Tokyo Chutei-Iki created music that was neither classical, jazz, nor rock and roll yet it was a combination of all these and their audience loved it.
Their world tour began in Tochigi, Japan soon flying over to Belgium for a short gig in Brussels then Hasselt, Netherlands afterwards flying into Montreal for the annual International Jazz Festival playing several free out-door concerts including this one at the Place Heineken beer tent.
They also did a number of gigs around town including one at the Japanese consulate afterwards taking a short break checking out Montreal hopping a plane and returning home to Tokyo, Japan.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DISTANT”.
Imaginary Jazz saxophone great plays her musical instrument two years ago during rehearsal of Sugar Brown’s troupe at Montreal’s annual International Festival.
Actually, this young woman may be a great sax player however, during the troupe’s live performance later in the day she instead skillfully played a guitar nevertheless, she is a very talented musician qualified on several musical instruments.
While circulating around the Quartier-des-Spectacles, the festival grounds, at about 5 PM I was lucky to watch the troupe rehearsing and managed to capture some of it digitally including this picture.
I really liked the unmistakable Chicago blues man and music scholar Sugar Brown aka Doctor Ken Chester Kawashima PhD and his whole troupe or band when they put on their spectacular free live outdoor performance later on this same stage.
Brown was awesome with his band playing many great songs, some of his own, for a very appreciative, excited, overflowing audience that sunny warm evening on July 02, 2015.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”IMAGINARY”.