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Sun Ra Arkestra at Great American Music Hall

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Sun Ra Arkestra SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, California February 6-8, 2024 Over the decades, music venues in jny: San Francisco have come and gone, but one constant remains: Great American Music Hall. A house of ill repute when it first opened in 1907, the building has gone through several transitions as a musical performance space and has even served the Loyal Order of the Moose as a meeting hall. In 1972, visionary Tom Bradshaw refurbished ...


The Jazz Cruise 2024

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Celebrity Summit The Jazz Cruise Miami, Labadee, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas January 18-25, 2024 Founded by Anita E. Berry in 2001, The Jazz Cruise has been offering patrons a yearly action-packed weeklong jazz experience at sea with some 100 world-class musicians in 200 hours of programming for over two decades (with a hiatus during the COVID pandemic). The ambience of the cruise encompasses house concert, nightclub theatre, urban bar, rooftop ...


Kenny Barron Residency at SFJAZZ Center

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Kenny Barron Residency SFJAZZ Center San Francisco February 1-4, 2024 Popularly dubbed an “elder statesman" of jazz, pianist Kenny Barron, needs no introduction to aficionados of contemporary American music. At 80, he is still actively playing, composing, mentoring, teaching, and releasing music (including two duets with Dave Holland). Barron joined his first orchestra at 15 and was hired by Dizzy Gillespie at 19. He went on to record numerous albums, co-founded the Thelonious Monk ...


John Patitucci Trio At The Jazz Forum

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John Patitucci Trio The Jazz Forum Tarrytown, NY February 9, 2024 Elite bassist John Patitucci brought his trio to Tarrytown, NY, on Friday night. Known for his eclectic work over four plus decades with artists including Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, and scores of others, Patitucci, pianist David Virelles and drummer Adam Cruz delivered a tight and uplifting set of originals plus a bebop standard. The performance was held at the Jazz Forum, arguably ...


Linda May Han Oh Quintet at Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society

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Linda May Han Oh Quintet Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Half Moon Bay, CA January 28, 2024 Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society is a fantastic seaside venue for enjoying gemütlich hospitality and late Sunday afternoon jazz. On this Sunday, the tides rolled in Linda May Han Oh and her formidable quintet. Linda May is a remarkable bassist and has an enchanting presence. Attired in a full-length Hawaiian grass--type skirt, she played--or should I ...


Emmet Cohen Trio At Gates Concert Hall

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Emmet Cohen Trio June Swaner Gates Concert Hall Denver, CO February 3, 2024 Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night will keep Emmet Cohen fans from coming out to see him and his trio perform in concert. That was the case last Saturday night at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Bundled up to brave the impact of a recent snowstorm, concertgoers showed up well before the doors opened. Swaddled ...


Jahari Stampley at Jazz Alley

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Jahari Stampley Jazz Alley jny: Seattle, WA January 30, 2024 There are certain immutable facts that present themselves to you when engaging with 2023 Herbie Hancock Institute International Competition winner, Jahari Stampley. First, he is a brilliant pianist, with prodigious talent and a commanding presence. Secondly, he is a large personality, with ardent ever-present positivity and a gracious spirit. And lastly, he is a young artist that brings with him more questions than answers ...


Al Foster Quintet at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club

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Al Foster Quintet 81st Birthday Celebration Smoke Jazz & Supper Club January 27, 2024 Hello, my name is Chris DeRosa and this is what I heard... Smoke is a great venue to hear timeless jazz. Established in 1999 and located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the sound and layout make it a highly enjoyable venue to catch some of New York's finest. And as expected, tonight's show did not disappoint.


BAN BAM: Bianca Gannon, Carole Nelson, Meilana Gillard and RBG Trio At Crescent Arts Centre

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Bianca Gannon, Carole Nelson and Meilana Gillard / RBG TrioBAN BAMCrescent Arts Centre jny:Belfast, N. Ireland January 21, 2024 What do an Indonesian ice-cream seller, a Hawaiian bird and the video game Sega Genesis all have in common? Well, in one way or another, and to different degrees, they all informed the music on a memorable BAN BAM (see below) triple bill in Belfast. The artists in question were, in running order: ...


Oddgeir Berg Trio At Scott's Jazz Club

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Oddgeir Berg Trio Scott's Jazz Club jny:Belfast, N. Ireland January 19, 2024 A cold Friday night in January. Belts tightened after the festive season splurging. Just the day before, 150.000 thousand public sector workers had gone on 24-hour strike over low pay--the largest such action in Northern Ireland in a generation. Yet despite the biting economic realities for many people, it was business as usual at Scott's Jazz Club, with a packed house for ...

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