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Montreal International Jazz is underway

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By: Stuart Nulman – mtltimes.ca

The 35th anniversary edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival is currently underway, and music fans are being treated to so many tastes and genres of music through its hundreds of indoor and outdoor shows.

On June 25, I caught my first show of the festival, which was a lively salute to the music that played an integral part of the soundtracks of the films of Oscar-winning director Quentin Tarantino.

If you have seen one or all of his movies, you are hooked from the instant the first notes of the familiar guitar riff from the song “Misirlou” that’s used as the theme from “Pulp Fiction” are played at the beginning of “For the Record: Tarantino in Concert”, which is playing at the Cinquieme Salle of Place des Arts until June 30.

This two-hour show combines live music, musical numbers and recreated scenes from such Tarantino classics ranging from “Pulp Fiction” to “Reservoir Dogs” to “Django Unchained”, in a highly entertaining salute to how Quentin Tarantino effectively used songs from the 60s and 70s to effectively tell the offbeat stories that are part of his award-winning film catalogue from the past 20 years.

The 12-member cast and the live band do a great deal of justice to the films of Quentin Tarantino and the music that he used. One favorite highlight is Rumer Willis (daughter Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, who himself appeared in two Tarantino flicks, “Pulp Fiction” and “Jackie Brown”), who does a hauntingly beautiful rendition of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” from “Kill Bill, Volume 1”, complete with the wedding dress.

To purchase tickets for this not-to-be-missed mélange of music and movies, go to placedesarts.com

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