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Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea at the Philadelphia Academy of Music

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Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea Academy of Music Philadelphia, PA April 11, 2015 Pianists Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are mega-multi-Grammy winning jazz legends, with active careers spanning over half a century. In the 1960s, they contributed to the post-bop revolution in jazz, and have been involved in almost all the developments since then, whether hard bop or jazz fusion, and specifically for Hancock, modal jazz, funk, and R&B; and for Corea, Latin, avant ...

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Dave Burrell at Rosenbach Museum

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Dave Burrell's Civil War Concerts Ode to a Prairie Lawyer Rosenbach Museum and Library Philadelphia, PA April 9, 2015 Dave Burrell is an iconic jazz pianist and composer with long time connections to the avant-garde. Ohio born and bred, he started performing in the 1960s and has been going strong ever since, pushing the envelope of jazz expression and piano technique, inspired by his collaborations with the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, ...

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Bobby Zankel’s Warriors of the Wonderful Sound with Rudresh Mahanthappa at Philadelphia Clef Club 2015

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Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound with Rudresh Mahanthappa Jazz Appreciation Month Ars Nova Workshop Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz Philadelphia, PA April 7, 2015 Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound have been delivering exciting shows featuring Zankel's and others' innovative compositions and arrangements for over fifteen years, and this was one of their most glowing and electrifying performances to date. This big band of some of the best and most ...

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Jason Moran and the Bandwagon at the Kimmel Center

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Jason Moran and the Bandwagon Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Perelman Theater Philadelphia, PA March 29, 2015 This concert contrasted stylistically with a previous engagement at the Kimmel Center when, in 2007, Jason Moran appeared with an expanded group including horns and a vocalist. At that time, “The group played a diverse pastiche of themes derived from blues, gospel, popular music, and an old cowboy motif found in every Western flick you've ever ...

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J.J. Johnson: An Eminent Life in Music

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This interview with trombonist J.J. Johnson along with Joshua Berrett and Louis G. Bourgois III, authors of his biography, The Musical World of J.J. Johnson (Scarecrow Press) was first published at All About Jazz in November 1999. All About Jazz: Congratulations to Josh and Louis on your new book--and to J.J. for now having a scholarly reference devoted to your outstanding contributions to music. Just for the fun of it, which three recordings and/or scores would you take ...

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Michelle Lordi: Drive

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It's difficult to conceive how this wonderful album of restrained and subtly rendered ballads came to be called Drive, a term which leads the listener to expect a package of revved up swing or rock. However, you don't have to be a cryptologist to realize that it comes from the last track, “Drive," which contains the line “Who's gonna drive you home?" This sense of melancholy and hoped for love, like so much of the American Songbook, is the essence ...

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Dancing on the Edges of Time

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Saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa is constantly making waves in the music world, expanding the technique of his instrument and integrating jazz and world music, especially that of his parents' native land, India. Brilliantly innovative, he often surprises with his improvisations and the way he transforms the music into something new and stimulating. India's great poet, Rabindranath Tagore wrote, “Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time..." With his rhythmic propulsion and inexhaustible energy, Mahanthappa is always on ...

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Working the Rhythm Section: Tom Lawton, Lee Smith, and Dan Monaghan

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As Duke Ellington's standard goes, “It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing." The rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, with guitar and percussion sometimes added) is the core of the typical jazz ensemble. They set the frame for the leader, singer, and soloists and contribute their own solos as well. Even though they work primarily in the background, they can make or break the performance of the horn players or singer. In order to call ...



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