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Live From Birmingham: The Pedigree Jazz Band, Tony Bennett, The Fat Chops Big Band

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The Pedigree Jazz Band Solihull British Legion September 7, 2014 It's a curious sensation when tributes are paid to revivals of revivals. Down the decades since the original jazz repertoire was established in the 1920s, '30s, and even earlier, there have been a multitude of responses, counter-responses, exhumations and celebrations. The Pedigree Jazz Band is currently presenting A Tribute to Trad Jazz, a show that's culled from their two albums of the same name. They gaze back fondly to the British traditional jazz revival of the 1950s, with hoary old New Orleans and ...

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2014

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Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey County Fairgrounds Monterey, CA September 19-21, 2014 Working the Numbers, and Young People Going Deep Numbers worked in mysterious, seemingly synchronistic ways at this year's Monterey Jazz Festival, which celebrated its 57th anniversary year partly by also respectfully toasting the 75th anniversary of the mighty Blue Note Records label. Of course, music and numbers enjoy a tight relationship, along with a certain numerological fixation, and that tidy numerical palindrome--57/75--gained further number-ized traction when the all-star gathering of young Blue Note artists opened its feisty set with the title ...

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Outbeat Jazz Festival 2014

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Outbeat Jazz Festival Philadelphia, PA September 18-21, 2014 The Outbeat Jazz Festival, touted as “America's First Queer Jazz Festival," where the “Q-word" has become an “in" word, proved to be an innovative event that brought the public's attention to the important role of gay (LGBT) jazz musicians and composers. A series of concerts and discussions drove the point home. It was no accident that the festival was held at venues in and around Center City, jny: Philadelphia, the locus of one of the most thriving and activist gay communities in the world. Sponsored by the ...

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Kit Downes/Cormac O'Brien Band at McHughs

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Kit Downes/Cormac O'Brien Band McHughs Belfast, N. Ireland September 13, 2014 Dating back to 1711, McHughs bar and restaurant is the oldest surviving building in jny: Belfast. As such, McHughs underground cellar, which played host to the Kit Downes/Cormac O'Brien Band seemed like an appropriate venue for a jazz gig. For like McHughs, jazz has survived--and for some practitioners it's changed little since the 1940s--while all around it has changed dramatically. Situated a stone's throw from Belfast's docks, McHughs has been absorbed by a new city landscape that includes state of the art ...

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Abraham's Cafe at Theatre No 99

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Abraham's Cafe Theatre No 99 Tallinn, Estonia September 19th 2014 The popular repertory theater Theatre No99 on the edge of Tallinn's charming medieval old town becomes a musical showcase on certain Friday nights. On September 19th, the featured artist was the innovative sextet, Abraham's Cafe whose debut album Journey to Haran was released in 2013 . The virtuoso accordionist Kaspar Uljas led the collaborative group as they created dramatic soundscapes with distinctly jazzy sensibilities. The hauntingly melodic and energetically spontaneous performance included pieces from their upcoming second record that will consist of works written ...

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Charlie Daniels Band at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Charlie Daniels Band, Molly Hatchet and the New Riders of the Purple Sage NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY September 13, 2014 Charlie Daniels is an American treasure. The 77-year-old singer/guitarist/violinist, who will celebrate his 78th birthday in late October 2014, has been writing and performing since the '50s. In 1964, Daniels co-wrote Elvis Presley's “It Hurts Me." During the early part of his career, he was a working Nashville session musician, playing on albums by, among others, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. In 1971, he recorded and released his first solo album, Charlie Daniels ...

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Live From Birmingham: Benjamin Booker, Grey Wolf & Blondie

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Benjamin Booker O2 Academy September 6, 2014 Usually, audience demographics are spread closely in line with the age of a performer, but such things were not predictable at Stateside bluesman Benjamin Booker's gig. Although born in Virginia, this 25-year-old singer/guitarist now dwells deep down in New Orleans, adopting many of the traits commonly exhibited by gnarled oldsters three times his age. The crowd in the venue's smallest room (Academy 3) looked to be three-quarters in the forties-and-above age range, with the remainder being around the late-teens or early-20s mark. Curious. Or maybe not ...

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The Meter Men at the Ogden Theater, Denver

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The Meter Men Ogden Theater Denver, CO September 11, 2014 Funkify your life Get on down You can be the funkiest one In your town That pretty much sums up the philosophy of the Meters and now the Meter Men. In the song “Funkify Your Life," they seem to be offering a suggestion for a lifestyle, or at least an attitude. And a noble suggestion it is. Certainly, we could all use a little more funk and a little less... uptightness, or something. Get syncopated, baby! Just keep in ...

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Salif Keita at Yoshi's San Francisco

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Salif KeitaYoshi'sSan Francisco, CA September 7, 2014 Any opportunity to see Salif Keita, the 65-year-old “Golden Voice of Africa" is a special occasion indeed. Keita, a 40-year-plus veteran of the music scene, is one of Africa's top musical stars, one who travels all over the world. He sings in Malinké, a dialect of the Manding group of languages--prevalent but not predominant in many West African nations including Mali, Guinea, Senegal and the Ivory Coast but a language incomprehensible to most of his audience. Keita must hold his own through the command of ...

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Chris Isaak at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Chris Isaak NYCB Theatre at Westbury Long Island, NY September 7, 2014 Chris Isaak likes to make a splash. The perpetually youthful musician burst onto the stage the way he burst onto the music scene 30 years ago, when he signed to Warner Brothers and subsequently released the CD Silvertone (Warner Brothers, 1985). The crowd at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury spanned multiple generations and was clearly there for a rock and roll show. Isaak delivered. In a resplendent, vibrant blue suit with embroidered silver patterns, white button down and a ...

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John Handy at Yoshi's San Francisco

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John Handy Yoshi's San Francisco San Francisco, California August 31, 2014 If one thinks of iconic Bay Area musicians, saxophonist John Handy immediately comes to mind. Born in 1933 in Dallas, Texas, Handy is an accomplished horn player who, while best known for his work on alto, also plays tenor and baritone sax, oboe, clarinet and saxello. Due to his age, Handy plays only infrequently in public (most notably with visiting luminaries such as Randy Weston) so his recent gig at Yoshi's San Francisco drew a full house. Given John Richard ...

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Miguel Zenon Quartet at 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

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Miguel Zenon Quartet Millenium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival jny: Chicago, IL August 31st 2014 The last evening of the festival was pleasantly warm and mild and the millennium park, around the Jay Pritzker Pavilion band shell was packed with people. The Frank Gehry designed signature stainless steel headdress with its custom designed sound system to replicate impeccable indoor acoustics has been the new home of the festival for the past two years. It is here that that alto saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón lead his quartet for 55 awe ...

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Live From Birmingham: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, Danny Bryant & The Delegators

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The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger The Hare & Hounds September 1, 2014 Sean Lennon expressed seemingly genuine surprise at the room's crowded nature. After all, GOASTT don't really push the knowledge that Lennon is frontman to this deeply psychedelic miasma-orientated combo. The gig's local publicity was extremely and supposedly deliberately low key, but at the very least, mere curiosity alone would have been sufficient to gather a reasonable number of Beatles obsessives, at the beginning of this rare UK tour. Fortunately, this outfit doesn't require such associations to deliver a striking ...

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American Jazz Festiv’Halles at Sunside-Sunset

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American Jazz Festiv'Halles at Sunside-Sunset Sunside-Sunset Jazz Club Paris, France July-August 2014 The 23rd annual American Jazz Festiv'Halles at Sunside-Sunset in Paris had another long and strong lineup of concerts during two summer months of 2014. Sunside opened in 1983 on the Right Bank's narrow pedestrian street, rue des Lombards, expanding in 2001 by converting its underground restaurant Sunset into a second jazz venue, with jazz nightly in both venues since then. American-French pianist Jacky Terrasson brought thrilling energy to Sunside from his New York City base. His sequential piano form often started ...



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