Montreal’s Jazz Festival 2016

It’s a shame I didn’t get a chance to really check out this month long display of jazz music from across the globe, but that’s what happens when you go to a city where there is so much to do but such little time. Luckily I got a chance to see a few good acts, starting with Soil & “Pimp” Sessions. Hailing all the way from Tokyo, Japan, this sextet gave a really exciting show, especially the pianist and trumpeter whose solos were pretty on point throughout their group’s performance.On a beautiful Sunday evening, before the rain came, Ilam was able to satisfy my need for some African music.  After all, any music from Senegal is a safe bet. And it wouldn’t it be shameful if I didn’t find the time to check out some local hip hop? The Lyonz of Montreal (2 rappers, 2 singers, and a DJ) brought out a sizable contingent of local hip hoppers whose hype for some homegrown talent making it to the jazz festival stage was infectious. Throughout The Lyonz’ set I found myself in one of those head bobbin’ trances thanks to the DJ’s trippy beats while desperately trying to locate one of the emcee’s voice and rhyming style. Did he sound like Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest or Will.I.Am of Black Eyed Peas?  I’m telling you it was a toss up, but pleasing to listen to nevertheless. 

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