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2014 Voodoo Music and Arts Experience: The Local Heroes & The Up-And-Coming Stars of Tomorrow

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2014 Voodoo Music and Arts Experience New Orleans, LA October 31 -November 2, 2014 In 1974, after seeing a performance at the Harvard Square Theater, Jon Landau once wrote, “I saw rock and roll future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time." What a bold, prophetic and accurate statement. Now, forty years later a similar statement could be made about Trombone Shorty (Troy Andrews). Trombone Shorty is the future of musical ...

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Cortex: Live

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As the marketing info implies, this Scandinavian quartet summons remembrances of the Ornette Coleman ensemble featuring Don Cherry performing on cornet. Yet by no means are these gentlemen copycats. Hence, each composition imparts a different story, whether the artists are melding an open-air sound with bursting breakouts and idiosyncratic intonations or generating aggressive free-form escapades on these compositions by cornetist Thomas Johansson. Other than some loosely designed Ornette inferences, these works come at you from a myriad of sharp angles, where modern jazz is uniformly merged with an avant jazz warpath. With patchy movements, bustling bop and Latin cadences, the ...

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Thelonius: Crows On The Beeline

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Thelonius announced its arrival on the scene with a brief-but-fun self produced EP, Reminisce, in 2012. The quintet, from Bristol in the west of England, blended its mix of influences--most notably hip-hop and Thelonious Monk--into a hook-laden and imaginative set of tunes. It was over all too quickly. Thelonius returns with the download-only Crows On The Beeline--a whopping 29 and a bit minutes of music. It's still hook-y, still infectiously danceable, still mixing hip-hop, bebop and a few other things in ways that gladden the heart. Still too short, too. Crows On The Beeline features original Thelonius drummer ...

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Dr. John: Ske-Dat-De-Dat The Spirit of Satch

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New Orleans piano man Dr. John needs little introduction--his work as a groundbreaking genre-bending musician crosses multiple musical borders. Multiple collaborations with various artists throughout a long career have given him a well-deserved reputation that earned him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame--even though he is a New Orleans boogie man at heart. His amazing tribute to the music of fellow Louisiana son Louis Armstrong features musicians from various backgrounds. The disc begins with a zydeco take on the classic “What a Wonderful World," presented miles away from Satchmo's classic ballad. The tune features ...

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Michael J McEvoy: The Long Way Home

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Michael J McEvoy is something of a musical chameleon--a composer, instrumentalist and producer who's played a crucial role in many musical projects without grabbing the limelight. He's composed film soundtracks (including 2008's Me And Orson Welles), and worked as musician or producer with an extensive array of artists including Ian Dury, Sting, Scritti Politti, the Bee Gees and Steve Winwood. On The Long Way Home McEvoy comes back to jazz (the “home" of the album title), with eight stylish and memorable self-penned tunes. The Long Way Home was recorded live over two sessions in May 2013, with the ...

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Stanton Moore Goes Indie

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Drummer Stanton Moore is one of the prodigal sons of jny: New Orleans. His fans know him well from projects like Galactic, Garage a Trois and Dragon Smoke, which prodigiously fuse rock, jazz and funk. Moore, whose musical career spans nearly 25 years, is also an educator and has released several instructional books and DVDs. However, he had never recorded a jazz-only album. Before taking that step, he immersed himself in the jazz world, and played with jazz veterans James Singleton and David Torkanowsky for a couple of years. When he felt ready to record the ...

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Bonerama at the Governors Island Beach Club

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Bonerama Governers Island Beach Club NolaFunk's 1st Annual Crawfish & Music Fest Governors Island, NY June 27, 2014 Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! Those who speak French know what the phrase means. If you have ever been to jny: New Orleans, you've “lived" this phrase. If you've had the pleasure of seeing Bonerama in concert you can't help but scream the phrase at the top of your lungs. French or English. Either way, Let The Good Times Roll!. Bonerama is a band. Yes it is, but that description is somewhat lacking. Bonerama ...



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