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The Bad Plus & Joshua Redman at the Michigan Theater

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The Bad Plus & Joshua Redman The Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, Michigan April 23, 2016 Over the course of some twenty years, The Bad Plus has honed its own brand of music making, tapping into a plethora of styles and grooves to develop their own musical hybrid. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King know how to push the envelope with their repertoire of original material and crafty alterations of material ranging ...

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Peter Murphy at (le) Poisson Rouge

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Peter Murphy (le) Poisson Rouge New York, NY April 22, 2016 Peter Murphy is an icon, a chameleon who often sheds one creative skin in favor of a deeper layer. The 58-year- old has worn many hats through the years, from reigning as the vocalist of Bauhaus, a solo artist, collaborator with Mick Karn in Dali's Car, in a cameo as “The Cold One" in 2010's The Twilight Saga: The Eclipse, portraying “Blown Away Guy" ...

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The Rhythm Future Quartet at The Evening Muse

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The Rhythm Future Quartet The Evening Muse Charlotte, NC April 23, 2016 The Rhythm Future Quartet plays Gypsy jazz with one eye towards the past and the other towards the present. They've got the style, they've got the chops, and they're not afraid to try new things. As one of a series of shows billed as album release parties for their second release Travels, much of the program was taken from there. Bassist Greg ...

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Jackie Ryan and the Larry McKenna Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Jackie Ryan and the Larry McKenna Quartet Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA April 23, 2016 Jackie Ryan is acquiring a reputation as a “must hear" vocalist. When this reviewer heard DJ Bob Perkins ("BP with the GM") praise her singing on WRTI, he decided to attend her show at Chris' Jazz Café to see what she could do in person, the true test of a singer's ability. Then, to increase the anticipation, the band ...

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The Aki Rissanen Trio plays April Jazz, Espoo, Finland

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The Aki Rissanen Trio Louhi Club April Jazz Espoo, Finland April 4, 2016 Espoo in southern Finland is nominally a city, having its own emblem, transportation system and council though for most people in the vicinity of Helsinki it's merely a close suburb of the metropolis. However every spring it comes into its own hosting the April Jazz festival mainly in the Tapiola Gardens area, heralding the start of the yearly Finnish festival music ...

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Ralph Peterson's Triangular III at Nighttown

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Ralph Peterson's Triangular III Nighttown Cleveland, Ohio April 9, 2016 With the official CD release happening just the day before, there was a good deal of buzz surrounding a Saturday evening performance in Cleveland featuring drummer Ralph Peterson and his new trio. In fact, the tables were packed in tightly and a bursting crowd had gathered for the evening. Although already established in Latin jazz circles, pianist Zaccai Curtis and bassist Luques Curtis might have ...

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Randy Newman at the Space in Westbury

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Randy Newman The Space in Westbury Westbury, NY April 6, 2016 Satire is defined as the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. For the modern world, perhaps satire might best be defined simply and eloquently as--a Randy Newman song. The Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winning songwriter and composer, best-known for his 1977 hit ...

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Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily's D+Evolution at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

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Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily's D+Evolution Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Brookville, NY April 10, 2016 Esperanza Spalding doesn't want anybody to fence her in. She's never said it so bluntly, but she doesn't have to: Her music says it for her. During a seventy-five minute staging of Emily's D+Evolution (Concord, 2016) at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, Spalding managed to wed the primitive, the progressive, and the poetic ...


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