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Monterey Jazz Festival at 65: Let it Happen

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Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey County Fairgrounds Monterey, CA September 23-25, 2022 For the finale of the arena portion of this year's Monterey Jazz Festival programming, Gregory Porter channeled one of the aspects which make him special in the jazz pantheon, as spirit mover with gospel roots, and with show biz instincts in tow. Launching into his moving, swaying anthem “No Love Dying" as an encore for his festival-closing set, Porter invoked the classic “lighter" moment ...


Billy Cobham's Crosswinds Project at the Gothic Theater

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Billy Cobham's Crosswinds Project Gothic Theater Englewood, COSeptember 24, 2022 “Age ain't nothin' but a number." That's a common mantra chanted by the militantly aging. “Everything wears out." That's a quote from a wise auto mechanic. When those two concepts meet: CRASH! Saturday night, drummer Billy Cobham demonstrated exactly how to skirt any potential wreckage and carry on despite the inevitable deterioration wrought by Father Time. At age 78, Cobham has ...


Joel Ross Live at Dazzle

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Joel Ross QuartetDazzlejny:Denver, COAugust 16, 2022 Vibraphonist Joel Ross held top billing with his hot quartet at Dazzle Jazz on Friday night. Ross's debut was the acclaimed 2019 KingMaker, on Blue Note. This was followed by Who are You? (2020) and the pensive and soulful octet recording, Parable of the Poet (2022), both on Blue Note. Having been mentored and taught by vibraphonist Stefon Harris in 2017, Ross won the DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star ...


Gov't Mule at the Fox Theatre

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Gov't Mule Fox Theatre Boulder, Colorado September 17, 2022 What's new with Gov't Mule? Like every other band in the world, they had to take a COVID break from touring. And now, like many bands, they are back on the road after their forced vacation. One thing that's new is their stage setup. After spending decades on stage right (left as you look at the stage), Warren Haynes now takes centerstage. And that's appropriate since ...


Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

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Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band Dimitriou's Jazz Alley Seattle, WA August 12, 2022 Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band performed two sets at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley on Friday, August 12th. Still touring to support 2019's Trane's Delight, they have faced numerous cancellations and delays due to COVID restrictions. As Mr. Sanchez pointed out, between the time that the album was released and he was finally able to schedule dates to support it, it had ...


Detroit Jazz Festival 2022: The 43rd Edition Returns to a Live Audience

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Detroit Jazz FestivalHart Plaza and Campus Martius jny:Detroit, MI September 2-5, 2022 The main lobby of the Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center was abuzz with greetings and joyful conversation. You could feel the ardent positivity in the room as well as you could feel the near ninety-degree heat and accompanying steady breeze just outside, along the Detroit Riverwalk. A quick glance around the room revealed festival resident artist Chucho Valdes and trumpeter Brian Lynch among ...


Michael Pedicin: 'Just the Three of Us' at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Michael Pedicin: Just the Three of Us Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA September 10, 2022 This superb set of mainstream jazz by three accomplished and dedicated musicians: Michael Pedicin on tenor saxophone, Jim Ridl on piano, and Dean Johnson on bass, owes much of its successful execution to the trio format without drums. The absence of drums places more of the rhythmic responsibility on the others, especially the bass, but it also ...


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