Jazz Trek

Crowds at an outdoor event of the Montreal Jazz Festival

This year I shall miss the Montreal Jazz Festival (June 25 to July 6, 2010). It will probably be the first time in 10 years that I’ll miss it….so a couple of links for nostalgia’s sake….

http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/video-fijm-2009-en.aspx a link to the festival’s website and a GREAT 5 minute video showing the ambiance of the event (a must-see little film. Whatever you do don’t click on the link ;-) or else you’ll wish you were there – the Festival that B.B. King, Pat Metheny and others call the best in the world.)

And an absolutely amazing jazz version of the theme from Star Trek by John Stetch. Jazz & Star Trek….that’s a sublime gypsy-geek-Heaven of sorts. Well, this isn’t Keith Jarrett’s Koln Concert– probably my all time favourite improv-jazz piano album, and it’s no Thelonius either, but just an absolutely ingenious and playfully improvised version  from a storyline that has always been dear to my heart – definitely a tune where no jazz-piano-man has boldly gone before…..until now:

Here’s more on the incredibly talented Mr. John Stetch:


Tonight the moon is full. Glass of Blue Sapphire in my hand and Blue Monk on the speakers…………here’s to more Stetch and Monk and Corea and Jarrett and Evans to fill the airwaves. And for the heck of it, to add to the pleasure  of music and madness – a photo of the Orion Nebula.

Good night, jazz and other good music lovers! See you perhaps some day at the Montreal International Jazz Festival! or on board the Starship Enterprise……

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The Orion Nebula (click twice for the best close-up view)

This photo shows a colour composite mosaic image of the central part of the Orion Nebula, based on 81 images obtained with the infrared multi-mode ISAAC instrument on the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory. The famous Trapezium stars are seen near the centre and the photo also shows the associated cluster of about 1,000 stars, approximately one million years old. Credit: ESO/M.McCaughrean et al. (AIP)