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Exit 0 Jazz Festival: Music All Over The Map

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Exit 0 International Jazz Festival Cape May, New Jersey November 7-9, 2014 It's a festival by the bay. Actually, it's by a cape. Or in a cape. Cape May, New Jersey, to be exact. And it has a history. A history by another name as well as its own. For those of you who are familiar with the festival by the cape, now known as the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival, this year's edition was full of the typical variances, yours truly a newbie to their style of musical diversity. Only a few of shows are mentioned ...

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Jon Batiste/Chad Smith/Bill Laswell: The Process

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If anybody saw this coming, they must to be clairvoyant. The Process brings together drummer Chad Smith, the hard-hitting, groove-making force that drives the Red Hot Chili Peppers, pianist Jon Batiste, the oft-cheery personality who bridges the NOLA-New York divide with his crowd-pleasing, accessible brand of jazz, and bassist-producer Bill Laswell, a prolific, genre-blind force with a mile-long list of credits who's straddled and erased the divide between pan-African styles, dub, funk, jazz, various strains of rock, electronica, and avant-garde music. All three of those men have strong and distinct personalities, and each brings something important to ...

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Jonathan Batiste: Staying Human

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Nearly everything about Jonathan Batiste is steeped in New Orleans-- from the way he talks, walks, and claps his hands to the way he plays the piano, composes, and leads his Stay Human Band. So, it's surprising to consider he's actually spent most of his adult life in New York City, having arrived in 2004 when he was a teenager to study at Juilliard. Since then, he's been making a firm connection with the City, including a close association with National Jazz Museum in Harlem.He's also been featured at many other venues in the City--in addition to touring ...

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Jonathan Batiste: New York, NY, December 12, 2012

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Jonathan Batiste and the Stay Human Band National Jazz Museum in Harlem Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church New York, NY December 12, 2012Go to any of the major New York City jazz venues and you'll sometimes get the feeling you're in church. The crowds are polite and attentive; some people might even have their hands folded on the tables. So, if you're hoping for something along these lines from Jon Batiste and Stay Human, you'll be sorely disappointed. Expect to be on your feet, clapping your hands and dancing when you ...

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Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Jonathan Batiste: New York, May 11, 2012

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Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Jonathan BatisteNew Orleans Piano KingsJazz at Lincoln Center: Allen RoomNew York, NYMay 11, 2012“A young lion, a seasoned veteran, and an elder statesman"--that's how drummer Herlin Riley introduced the three stellar pianists featured in Jazz at Lincoln Center's “New Orleans Piano Kings": Jonathan Batiste, Henry Butler, and Ellis Marsalis, respectively. Riley, who hails from New Orleans himself and could also be labeled a “seasoned veteran," served as MC, accompanist, and musical director for the concert. Bassist Reginald Veal, who has deep roots in the Crescent City as well, rounded ...

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Jonathan Batiste: Times in New Orleans

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Do a Google or Yahoo search on the name Jonathan Batiste and the first listing is for an Atlanta real estate agent. No offense to Atlanta's Mr. Batiste, but in the very near future his first place listing maybe in jeopardy. You see, the other Jonathan Batiste is an up and coming pianist hailing from New Orleans and if his recent performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is any indication of things to come, he will soon occupy the top spot on Google, Yahoo and an infinite number of lists that keep track of top jazz artists. ...



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