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Norfolk And Norwich Festival 2015

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Norfolk And Norwich Festival Norwich, UK May 8-24, 2015 With a program that includes dance, visual arts, site-specific theatre in city streets and ancient woodland and a few almost impossible to define events, a festival such as the annual Norfolk and Norwich Festival still manages to find space for jazz. The 2015 festival found space across a range of venues, for possibly the most exciting jazz line-up of recent years--hot jazz from the early ...

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Luis Perdomo: Twenty-Two

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In 1993, a twenty-two year old pianist named Luis Perdomo left Venezuela and arrived in New York City, eager to further his education and pursue his musical dreams. Now, twenty-two years later, Perdomo can certainly look back with a sense of accomplishment, having made a significant impact on the scene through his leader dates and important sideman contributions with tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon, and numerous others. The music on Twenty-Two was inspired by ...

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Live From Old York: Courtney Pine, Zoe Rahman, Ben Bedford & Colum Sands

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Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman Pocklington Arts Centre May 5, 2015 Courtney Pine's recent explorations have contrasted massively with the bulk of his career. Most of the time, he's fronted a fairly large, pretty driving and somewhat dense ensemble, its details changing but its powered, festival-orientated stance remaining quite stable. Suddenly, he's dipped down into an intimate duo format with pianist Zoe Rahman, who has lately been a band mate in the larger ...

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Vincent Peirani: Jazz At Berlin Philharmonic IV: Accordion Night

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Exactly what went on at the Berlin Philharmonie's Kammermusiksaal during the evening of 13 February 2015? The venue played host to a Jazz At Berlin Philharmonic concert--the latest in the series, curated by the ACT Music label boss Siggi Loch. Each of these concerts has a single thematic focus and as the title of Jazz At The Berlin Philharmonic IV: Accordion Night suggests, the thematic focus on 13 February was firmly on the accordion. Four masters of the ...

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Nuno Costa: Detox

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Many things inspired Portuguese guitarist Nuno Costa making this, his third album: the Bible, Matthew 20:16, “So the last will be first, and the first will be last"; the life of a wasp; his pet dog, Mr Kido; and-- last but by no means least--his newly-born daughter Leonor. His songs start well, struggle to find meaningful direction and then--very often-- tend simply to peter out. Hey, but that's jazz... isn't it? The session kicks off with “Hum...?" ...

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Mercedes Nicole: People Are Talking

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The difference between Mercedes Nicole's Beautiful Alignment (Self Produced, 2013) and People Are Talking is artistic growth and confidence. Beautiful Alignment was fueled by a youthful ambition and precocious talent. Nicole's evolution from that point manifests squarely in the refining fire of performance and practice, both which enhance her existing gift. People Are Talking reveals mature, completely polished approach to standards and originals that offers more than a recapitulation of previous approaches. Nicole's standards choices are a ...

MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

Sonny Clark: Cool Struttin’ – 1958

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Blue Note Records was many things in the 1950s and '60s, but it was never the home of cool jazz. Yes, it was ground zero for hard bop in the '50s. And yes, it was the capital of soul-jazz in the '60s. But to release an album in 1958 (one year after Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool) with the word “cool" in the title was a very un-Blue Note-ish thing. And yet Cool Struttin'--led by pianist Sonny ...

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Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet: Desire

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It's been three years since the Yuri Honing Quartet's True (Challenge Records, 2012), a sumptuous all-acoustic affair that was in stark contrast to the powerful, duel electric guitar-driven Wired Paradise. That particular group hasn't recorded since White Tiger (Jazz in Motion Records, 2010), though the retrospective compilation North Sea Jazz Legendary Concerts (Bob City, 2013) captured it and Honing in other settings at the famous Dutch festival between 1996-2012. In between Wired Paradise and his quartet releases Honing collaborated with ...



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