Saturday, July 4, 2009
Montreal Jazz Fest Goes Intimate
From The Globe And Mail:
For its 30th anniversary, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal got two new venues. One, the Place des Festivals, is precisely the sort of large, outdoor space you'd expect of an event where crowds sometimes stretch into six-digit figures.
L'Astral is exactly the opposite, an intimate, two-tiered club off the ground-floor entrance to the Maison du Festival, yet it will probably be as valuable to FIJM as its larger sibling. How so? Mainly because the feel of a band in a club is different from that of even a small theatre, and the benefits of this difference were immediately obvious while watching the Bad Plus perform there Wednesday.
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