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April 17, 2014

Live From Old York: Mokoomba, Alistair Anderson, Dan Walsh & The Toasters

By MARTIN LONGLEY

Mokoomba The National Centre For Early Music April 10, 2014 This gig was on the ninth night of a 12-date tour, so Zimbabwe's Mokoomba were well primed for action, tightly configured and slickly earthy. The UK itinerary was assembled by the Making Tracks organisation, who are dedicated to presenting global sounds from all lands. Their taste is always trusty. As is often the case for gigs presenting such rootsy fare, the NCEM was surely close to a sell-out, with throngs spread around the converted church's walls, either for a better view, or a ...

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April 17, 2014

Joshua Redman Quartet at Musical Instrument Museum

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By PATRICIA MYERS

Joshua Redman Quartet Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, Arizona April 3, 2014 Saxophonist Joshua Redman played tribute to past tenor greats, putting his personal imprint on each chart, from Wayne Shorter's “Infant Eyes" to Joe Henderson's “Tetragon" and the sax standard, “Oleo" by Sonny Rollins. Performing with the quartet he formed in 1998--pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson--Redman verified his nearly three-decade command of the tenor in boisterous exuberance and lyrical elegance. Redman opened his second show of the evening with his original," Disco Years," the tall, slender 45-year-old leader ...

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April 16, 2014

Bradford-Gjerstad Quartet at Philadelphia Art Alliance

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By TYRAN GRILLO

Bradford-Gjerstad Quartet Philadelphia Art Alliance Philadelphia, PA March 29, 2014 Pivot or persevere? It's a question that frames every moment of jazz performance and one that suffused the Philadelphia Art Alliance loft, where on a rainy Saturday cornetist Bobby Bradford, reedman Frode Gjerstad, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and drummer Frank Rosaly cast their bones and divined whatever messages came spontaneously to mind. Under the auspices of the Ars Nova Workshop, which presents a yearly series of jazz and experimental music happenings, the Bradford-Gjerstad Quartet put theory to practice by collapsing any differences ...

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April 9, 2014

Ibrahim Maalouf at Jazzablanca Festival 2014

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By MEHDI EL MOUDEN

Ibrahim Maalouf Hippodrome Anfa Jazzablanca Festival Casablanca, Morocco March 31, 2014 Before composer and trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf stepped onto the stage, the audience of Jazzablanca Festival was already cheering wildly. There was a general feeling that his concert would be a memorable one, for fans eager to attend this performance. Scheduled on the third day of the festival and subsequent to Joss Stone and Stacey Kent, Maalouf drew crowds. On the eve of the concert, the organizers had to make two hundred extra seats available so as not to turn away spectators.

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April 8, 2014

Gary Smulyan with Dominic Chianese at Jazz At Kitano

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By DAN BILAWSKY

Gary Smulyan with Dominic Chianese Jazz At Kitano New York, NY April 5, 2014 Shortly before this show began, on a beautiful Saturday evening that truly marked the start of spring, a small crew of musicians and concert-goers, including this writer, were seated around the bar at Jazz At Kitano. The mood in the room was one of relaxation, with a low hum of conversation and laughter hanging in the air. The intelligently irrepressible Matt Wilson, who took to the drums once the show began, was playing ringleader for an impromptu game where participants ...

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April 6, 2014

Brilliant Corners 2014

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By IAN PATTERSON

Brilliant Corners Various Venues Belfast N. Ireland March 26-29, 2014 It's taken a while, but Belfast has finally joined the ranks of cities that play host to an international jazz festival. The first edition of Brilliant Corners was staged in the rejuvenated Cathedral Quarter of the city in 2013 and such was the response of the public, musicans and media that Brian Carson, founder of Northern Ireland's premier music promotions company Moving On Music decided to have another go around. It's great news for Northern Irish jazz fans of course, but ...

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April 5, 2014

The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon Theatre 2014

By DOUG COLLETTE

The Allman Brothers Band Beacon Theatre New York, NY March 21 & 22, 2014 Originally scheduled to be the final two shows of The Allman Brothers Band's 2014 Beacon Theatre run, those dates were subsequently superseded with the announcement of additional performances. However, the distinction returned to the Friday and Saturday shows when Gregg Allman's illness caused the rescheduling of the final four appearances. The founding member and vocalist/songwriter's absence from 3/21 and 3/22 would seem to be quite a liability in itself, yet the remaining member of the group, with some more than able ...

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April 4, 2014

37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party at Scottsdale Hilton Resort

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By PATRICIA MYERS

37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party Scottsdale Hilton Resort Scottsdale, Arizona March 22-23, 2014 An A-team of East Coast, West Coast and Arizona musicians played a mix of swing and bebop sounds in 14 jam-session-style sets at the 37th annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party. A special element at this party was the contrast in ages among the 23 musicians. Melissa Aldana is a 24-year-old New York City tenor saxophonist, and Los Angeles vocalist Melissa Morgan is 29. They were booked to perform with veteran jazzers such as pianist Roger Kellaway, 74; trumpeter Lew Soloff, ...

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April 4, 2014

So Cal Jazz 2013: Highlights and a Serious Low

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By CHUCK KOTON

Azar Lawrence Quartet RG Club Venice, CA January-September 2013 2013, already slipping deep into the fog of forgetfulness, had its share of memorable jazz moments here in Southern California. And while, according to the Western, as well as the Chinese calender ( Happy Year of the Horse!), this review and these expressions of gratitude (as well as a few well deserved outbursts of contempt), may be tardy, for the Persian followers of All About Jazz, Happy Nowruz, y'all! Heart felt thanks go to the steaming sax locomotive, Azar Lawrence, his killer rhythm ...

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March 29, 2014

Fred Hersch at Miner Auditorium

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By HARRY S. PARISER

Fred Hersch Miner Auditorium, SFJazz Fred Hersch Solo at SF Performances San Francisco March 8, 2014 No stranger to jny: San Francisco, pianist Fred Hersch has been a frequent guest of SF Performances, having last performed here in 2011 when he presented My Coma Dreams, an evening-long work for eleven instruments with a singing actor and multimedia and animation effects at Herbst Theater. (It is based on a real life experience in 2008.) San Franciscan Nancy McNally, who attended the show, dubbed it “a transformative experience." As is the case with Vijay Iyer, another ...

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March 28, 2014

Celebrating Ornette Coleman at the Painted Bride Art Center

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By VICTOR L. SCHERMER

Denardo Coleman Group and Jamaaladeen Tacuma Band The Painted Bride Art Center Philadelphia, PA March 21, 2014 This concert was the second in a series curated by saxophonist, band leader, and composer/arranger Bobby Zankel entitled “Still the New Thing" honoring three icons of avant- garde jazz: Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Sun Ra on the occasions of their birth dates and anniversaries of key events in their careers. Jazz innovator Ornette Coleman turned eighty-four this month. Fifty-five years ago, in 1959, he came to New York and turned the music world upside ...

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March 28, 2014

Herb Alpert-Lani Hall Quintet at Musical Instrument Museum

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By PATRICIA MYERS

Herb Alpert-Lani Hall Quintet Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, Arizona March 17, 2014 Trumpeter-vocalist Herb Alpert and vocalist Lani Hall performed a lively and captivating concert that linked their past triumphs to their newest collaborations. The uber-professionalism of this concert conveyed the ambience of a New York City cabaret show, an informal and relaxing mode that brimmed with rich talent. The California couple wove their vast catalog of standards, pop hits and Brazilian songs from six decades of success into a new musical context. In a quintet setting with their longtime trio, their solo ...

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March 28, 2014

"In the Mood" at Mesa Arts Center

By PATRICIA MYERS

"In the Mood": A 1940s Musical Revue Mesa Arts Center Mesa, Arizona March 12, 2014 A 13-piece big band revived the music of the 1940s, from Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey to Duke Ellington and Count Basie, accompanying six young singers and dancers in vintage costumes to re-create the music of the World War II era. The road show was conceived by pianist-director Bud Forrest, former accompanist for the Singing Sergeants of the U.S. Air Force, marking its 20th touring-year during a week of performances at the Mesa Arts Center. The two-hour touring ...

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March 27, 2014

John O'Gallagher Trio at Triskel Arts Center, Cork

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By IAN PATTERSON

John O'Gallagher Trio Triskel Arts Center Cork, Ireland March 22, 2014 Had there been a stage invasion--a historically rare occurrence at a jazz gig--saxophonist John O'Gallagher's trio, armed with its sticks, wood and metal--and with the ace up its sleeves of the high ground--would no doubt have repelled the waves. This, alas, was not a well attended gig. In fact, had the trio played an encore it could feasibly have dedicated one song per individual audience member. What a pity this creative music, delivered with passion, soul and enviable virtuosity should arouse so little ...

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