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MJF 2010: Marco Benevento + Vinyl Giveaway

seb.
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com

On tonight's menu, Marco Benevento. I've heard the name many times before, but don't really know much about the man. And can't say I've heard much of his music either. But I'm really exited to see him play at the small 150 people venue in solo. TONIGHT! Don't miss him at 7PM live from the Montreal Jazz Festival!!! I'll be filming some of the concert for those of you who can't make it, so if all goes well, we'll have some footage for you.

BUT!!!! We're also giving away a Vinyl copy of Marco's Between The Needles & Nightfall. All you got to do is send us you address and phone number (it's for the shipping company) by email to info[at]nextbop[dot]com before July 5th!

Peace out,
seb.

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MJF 2010: Ibrahim Maalouf

seb.
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com

First dilemma of my Montreal Jazz Festival: Stay at the interesting (but pretentious) David Sanchez concert or go check out Ibrahim Maalouf, which I know nothing about except that he plays a trumpet that hits quarter-tones and that he's a good friend of [Yaron Herman]. Meh. If you got Yaron's approval you gotta be good, so I decided to take a gamble and it paid off big times.

Ibrahim Maalouf, in my opinion, will be one of the main voices of tomorrow's jazz music as well as a major factor in bringing youth back to jazz, a la [e.s.t.]. I haven't seen a show this hair-raising since my first encounter with [Christian Scott], at his last visit at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Maalouf actually resembles Scott in many ways. Young. Hip. More rock, than jazz. Super chill. Jazz star in the making.

I've officially nickname Maalouf "Truc de ouf" which means "Crazy thing" in French slang. IBRAHIM'S THAT SHIT! Seriously check out these videos and in the mean time I'll get his Nextbop profile up and running. SiCK SiCK 'iSH yall.

Peace out,
seb.

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Toute la Soiree avec Vijay Iyer.

Justin Wee. The second half of Nextbop, the Alfred Lion to my Francis Wolff, the Diz to my Bird, the Chick Corea to my Bobby McFerrin, the Matt Stevens to my [Christian Scott], the Miles to my Coltrane, the ... meh . you get the picture. Justin writes beautifully in French. So I thought: "Fuck it." Why not share it with those who do understand. So here's his article on our [Vijay Iyer] day. (update: the Google Translation is pretty darn readable!)

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MJF 2010: Omar Sosa

seb.
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com

OMAR SOSA IS DA TRUTH! I have no clue who this cat is but he was opening for David Sanchez tonight. OMG. My revelation of the festival. Dude walks on stage in blood red north African robes carrying a red candle which he sets on the edge of his piano. Next thing I notice is a series of led lights, mostly red and some green, pulsing on the piano, below the piano, around Sosa. Silence. Sosa begins. The backdrop of the stage is slowly illuminated in what looks like a sunrise over an African savanna.

OMAR SOSA IS DA TRUTH! This guy got mad chops! He can play latin, classical, jazz, you name it! Plus he does African spoken word, sings and uses trippy sound effects. The show was NUTS! As he was playing on the accoustic piano SiCK beats would pop out of nowhere! Seriously. My revelation of the festival.

OMAR SOSA IS DA TRUTH! Totally loved his youthful enthusiasm (Ive heard that somewhere before...). He'd finish a piece and jump off his piano bench grinning ear to ear arms raised in the air as if he'd just scored a goal at the World Cup for his country. More importantly, Sosa ended the shows with words of wisdoms worthy of Jamire Williams. He said: "Thanks to all of you for coming. Keep supporting live music. We love you. We need you."

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MJF 2010: Day 1

seb.
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com

Recap of my first day at the Festival: IT WAS SiCK! Last year's start was EPIC with a Stevie Wonder concert followed by a Stefano Bollani and Enrico Rava duet. But this year was ALL [Vijay Iyer] and I LOVED every bit of it.

Started of the day meeting with [Vy]! We headed off to the press room where we got our press passes and a pair of espressos complimentary of the Festival. Next stop: the Festival's Art Gallery where we assisted to the unveiling of a new Miles Davis printing. Of course, veggies, wine, cheese and bread were complimentary once more.