Author Archives: Mike Greenblatt

About Mike Greenblatt

A longtime music journalist, Mike Greenblatt is a contributing editor with Goldmine magazine.

Montreal International Jazz Fest, June 26-July 5


Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, John Scofield, Ron Carter, King Sunny Ade, John Medeski, Wayne Shorter, Chris Botti, Steve Miller Band, Erykah Badu, Lucinda Williams, John Mayall, James Cotton, Madeleine Peyroux and Robert Glaspar might be giants but the essence of the upcoming Montreal International Jazz Festival June 26-July 5 are the free shows of Ragtime, Cajun, Celtic, Blues, Folk, Rock, hiphop, Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, Fusion, Gospel, Folk, Pop, and every other imaginable genre!

4 CDs: Kurt Weill, Salina, Angry Metal and Smoked Herring


It’s a safe bet to assume you have never heard “Mack The Knife” interpreted like The Julia Hulsmann Quartet featuring Theo Blackman. Other sounds you have never ever heard before include a band comprised of but two bassists and a drummer plus the kind of introspective songs that Salina Sias (pictured) has brought from Texas to Brooklyn. We top it all off with some delicious post-bop Smoked Herring.

Mac Attack: The Doctor Is In

Dr. John

Seeing Dr. John at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s MusikFest Café is an experience like no other, for it is here where the venue itself is as big an attraction as the artists it brings in.


Bonamassa by Marty Moffatt

Spanning the gamut from rustic folk-blues tradition to son-of-a-bluesman soul…from an outstanding live tribute to two late legends by Joe Bonamassa to a Brooklyn collective’s crazy-sick surprises, we’re blogging big this time.