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Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014

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Penang Island Jazz Festival Bayview Beach Resort Malaysia December 4-7, 2014 It was business as usual at the Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014, following the tenth anniversary celebrations of the previous year. That milestone was no small feat for Festival Director Paul Augustin, business partner Chin Choo Yeun and their loyal team, in a region where jazz of all stripes--with the notable exception of smooth jazz--occupies the bottom rung of the popular music ladder. Along the way, the PIJF has not only established itself as the longest-running jazz festival in Malaysia but as one ...


Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band in Krakow, Poland

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Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band Alchemia Krakow, Poland November 18-22, 2014 Chapter Index The Blue Shroud Krakow Jazz Autumn Small Group Formations Day One Day Two Day Three Polish Musicians Post Script The Blue Shroud From the first notes the audience was spell bound. You could hear the proverbial pin drop. Trumpeter Peter Evans circular breathed a barely audible whistle, which he gradually ramped up to siren intensity. But then ...


Soulive at Higher Ground, South Burlington, Vermont

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Soulive Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington, Vermont December 13, 2014 Strikingly reminiscent of the Lettuce show October 25 2014, Soulive's extended single set at Higher Ground this night took flight during a blazing solo by guitarist Eric Krasno. It wasn't the only such instance that occurred during the two-hours plus the trio occupied the stage--another cam shortly after when Krasno and keyboardist Neal Evans engaged in some extremely intense interplay--but it was evidence of how Soulive's benefiting from the three musicians' other projects of late. Until recently drummer Alan Evans has led his ...


Nicole Pesce Quartet at the Musical Instrument Museum

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Nicole Pesce QuartetMusical Instrument Museum Phoenix, Arizona November 16, 2014 The astounding ingenuity and amazing repertoire of pianist Nicole Pesce dazzled yet another audience at the Musical Instrument Museum in jny: Phoenix when she performed in solo, duo and quartet settings as part of the museum's “I Am AZ Music" series. Phoenix-born Pesce has been performing professionally for nearly 30 years, since the age of seven after classical training by her father, Nicholas Pesce Jr. She soon supplemented that repertoire with jazz, blues, country, Latin, pop and Broadway show-tunes, quickly learning 100 songs. ...


Branford Marsalis and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

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Branford Marsalis and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Scottsdale, Arizona October 19, 2014 Saxophonist Branford Marsalis demonstrated his consummate versatility during a concert with the Chamber Orchestra of jny: Philadelphia as part of that ensemble's 50th anniversary national concert tour, the jazz-pop star having segued into classical performances four years ago with the New York Philharmonic. “Marsalis: Well-Tempered" was the concert theme, using a term applied to the music-theory concept of a 12-note keyboard octave of majors and minors, as exposed in Johannes Sebastian Bach's famed composition, “The ...


Pete Christlieb Quintet, "Santa’s Bones" at Phoenix Musicians Hall

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Pete Christlieb, “Santa's Bones" Musicians Hall, Phoenix Musicians Union, Local 586 AFM Phoenix, AZ November 30 and December 2, 2014 Concerts by tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb and a trombone ensemble called “Santa's Bones" were presented as part of on ongoing series at the Musicians Hall of the Phoenix Musicians Union, Local 586 AFM. jny: Los Angeles-based Christlieb is a longtime big-band and studio musician who played 20 years in “Johnny Carson's Tonight Show" band. He and his wife, trombonist Linda Small, performed on Nov. 30 with Phoenix-based pianist Armand Boatman, bassist Jack Radavich ...


Jazztopad 2014

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Jazztopad 2014 Wroclaw November 19-22, 2014 The city of Wroclaw by the Odra river in the southwest of Poland has occupied a pre-eminent position throughout its long turbulent history, and it still does. The Wroclaw way Wroclaw's Jazztopad festival is a relatively young one. This applies to the number of editions up to now, which is 11. It applies to its artistic director, Piotr Turkiewicz, and it applies to the age of participating musicians. It is not the average age that is of importance here, but the number of musicians of the ...

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