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A carnival of music, joy and danceable tunes with host Toni Basanta. www.cubanbridge.wordpress.com Part 3 of Toni's trip to the Montreal Jazz festival, featuring Laila Biali and more.

From Toni: The Montreal Tapes Part 3, features unreleased material of my filming during the Montreal International Jazz Festival 2018, plus four new acts: Laila Biali, Marilyn Lerner, El Trabuco Habanero de Montreal and Dawn Tyler Watson. Laila Biali, a highly acclaimed pianist, singer and songwriter, winner of the 2019 Juno Award for Best Vocal Album of the Year, is one of my new discoveries.

Although the last few years have been a roller-coaster for this great artist, she has had a highly acclaimed return to jazz, and the result is her album Out of Dust; a masterpiece released with 20 of the finest musicians of North America. The 11 songs are a celebration of life.

Laila Biali has headlined festivals and venues spanning 5 continents, and supported international artists like Sting, the Michael Gardin Big Band, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. In addition to her 2019 Juno Award win, Biali was awarded Top Prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the jazz category, and was also the youngest-ever Double Winner at Canada's National Jazz Awards, where she was named Socan Composer of the Year and Socan Keyboardist of the Year. The opening of this episode is a response to the saying that music is made by and for people who have chosen to feel good in spite of conditions: Revival is the word !

The novelties and uniqueness of this new episode result from a rupture with expectations. We seek to bring them together in a fresh new way that resonates with our path and current perspective, sharing the flavor of Cuban dancing music with El Trabuco Habanero de Montreal; a band led by bass player Alex Bellegarde sided by a Troupe of top level immigrants like tres guitar player Lázaro Leyva, singer Jesús Cantero, pianist Joel Díaz, percussionists Kiko Osorio and Diomer González.

Another outstanding Canadian born pianist and composer is Marilyn Lerner, a staple of the jazz scene since the 1900s. I met Marilyn in Havana, when she went to record her album Birds Are Returning in 1997, the emotions I have felt since then, are unforgettable and indescribable. All I could do was surrender. I feel that her album Miss Overboard is constantly calling to us, yearning to connect to a new age.

The two final pieces of our new episode, feature the mantra of another multi-award winning singer and songwriter based in Montreal, Canada. Her name is Dawn Tyler Watson with her album Mad Love. Joy - unbounded, infectious, irresistible singing and playing - that's what Dawn and her bandmates deliver every time they climb onto a bandstand or step into a recording studio.

Enjoy the result of our international journey striving to expand modern music sound palette and expressiveness.

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Monday, October 19, 2020
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