The Montreal Jazz Festival is overwhelming in a way, but somehow genial, and finally inspiring.
Montreal Jazz Festival
Berber guitarist Omara “Bombino” Moctar proved that the gifts behind the fingers are still all that matters.
One of the most astonishing sets of my week in Montreal featured two Frenchmen, accordionist Vincent Peirani and soprano saxophonist Émile Parisien.
Among the festival’s highlights: pianist-singer Jeremy Dutcher, who arrived on the stage of the tiny space Gésu dressed in shorts and a long flowing black robe with a hood.