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Ask 100 people what jazz is, and you'll probably get 100 different descriptions. Many using words like "swing", "improvisation", or "only existed between 1944 and 1967". However you slice it, this thing called jazz, constantly evolving and reinventing itself, is arguably the most diverse and influential genre of music to date. From pop, to hip hop, rock, funk, latin, you name it, jazz has it's fingerprints all over it. Defined by the musicians and composers who spent, and continue to spend countless hours honing their craft, jazz is truly something special. If your interest is piqued, tune in to hear jazz in all it's forms, Tuesdays 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
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Thursday night at Gesù, lauded Canadian pianist François Bourassa proved that without a doubt, Quebec is home to some of the finest jazz musicians on the planet.  


Fronting an incredibly talented quartet of home-grown musicians in saxophonist Andre Leroux, Bassist Guy Boisvert, and Drummer Philippe Melanson, Bourassa put on a contemporary jazz clinic.  The evening's program consisted almost exclusively of tunes from the quartet's brand new album "Idiosyncracie".  Not "straight ahead" by any means, Bourassa's compositions aren't catchy.  They hover on the fringe of memorability, forcing the listener to press forward into exciting musical territory rather than linger on phrases already played. 


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Tuesday night's double billing of Trombone Shorty and Bootsy Collins at Metropolis promised to brand Montreal as "the funkiest place on earth".  It did not disappoint.  Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and his group Orleans Avenue kicked off the night with their sizzling brand of funk infused with jazz, rock, hip hop and soul. 


Playing several tunes from their Grammy nominated 2010 album "Backatown", Shorty and co. brought the funk from the opening note. Orleans Avenue provided funky horn lines, and an impeccably tight rhythm section, while Andrews displayed masterful proficiency on both trombone and trumpet.  Shorty also showed off his vocal prowess on Allen Toussaint's "On Your Way Down" and Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On".


Well folks, there was a fantastic crop of jazz albums this year.  It was difficult to narrow it down to the best ten, and the order in which they appear could easily have been altered, but here they are beginning with number ten!

I should note that this list was not compiled based on sales, airplay, or the popular vote, but good old fashioned subjective opinion.  The following are my ten personal favorite albums from this past year.  Feel free to agree/disagree or post your own top ten in the comments section.


10.  Chucho's Steps - Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers...

Way back in 1959, Miles Davis released (one of) the most important (jazz) albums of all time.


I am immensely excited to be giving away a 2-CD 50th anniversary edition of Miles' 'Kind of Blue'. (It's got the original album plus a whole bunch of awesome extras!)


All you have to do to win is send me an email at J-Spot(at) before 11:59 pm Monday Sept 27. I will draw a random winner and announce it on Tuesday's show!

This is such a magnificent album, i wish i had a hundred copies to give away. Alas, only one can win and i wish you all luck.


Day three:  This one i had circled on my calendar for months.  Two of the greatest living legends in jazz performing on the same night: Sonny Rollins followed by Herbie Hancock.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier was packed. The atmosphere was electric as we eagerly awaited the saxophone colossus. Adding to the nervous excitement was the fact that the band was running late. An anxious fifteen minutes later than expected, Sonny took the stage.  Dressed in a bright red shirt, and sporting a giant silver afro, Rollins began the show by accepting the Miles Davis award, presented to him by the festival artistic director André Ménard.

With the formalities out of the way, Sonny got down to business.  I swear to you, the first few bars he played...