This 30 minute “Special Edition” of Studio Jams takes us to Quebec, Canada, and to the beautiful city of Montreal, home of the world famous Montreal International Jazz Festival. But rather than watching musicians perform in a recording studio, we are instead going to meet some of the musicians that appeared at the 2009 festival, and feature a few of them in intimate live performance.
Montreal has earned itself the right to be called a major jazz destination thanks to the storied history of their annual jazz festival. Over the years, it has featured some of the best and most respected musicians in jazz. The Montreal International Jazz Festival is now one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world and every year attracts fans from around the globe. Performances take place outside on various outdoor stages and platforms, and indoors in concert halls and clubs throughout an extremely well-organized 6-square block area.
The following U.S.-based guitarists appeared at the festival and are profiled in this episode:
Peppino D’Agostino / Guitarist
Peppino D’Agostino is a world class finger-style guitarist…born in Italy, he now lives near San Francisco, CA.
Russell Malone / Guitarist
Russell Malone is a wonderfully skilled guitarist…strongly influenced by Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian and George Benson.
Frank Vignola / Guitarist
Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing today…his stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and Joey DeFrancesco.
A visit to Canada should definitely include a stop in Montreal. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the country and should be on everyone’s travel list of “must-see” cities to visit. Breathtaking views, beautiful landscapes, and historic sites are everywhere. Fun, culture, romance…it’s all here, year-round. And every summer…there’s the Montreal International Jazz Festival!
- Tom Emmi / Producer