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John Kelman's Best Live Shows of 2010

John Kelman's Best Live Shows of 2010
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Another year, another treasure trove of live performances to dovetail with all the great recorded music released in 2010. Attending more festivals abroad than ever before—Norway's Natt Jazz, Kongsberg, Molde and Punkt; Germany's Enjoy Jazz; Finland's Tampere Jazz Happening; Raleigh, North Carolina's New Universe Music Festival; and The Netherlands' Dutch Jazz & World Meeting and dOeK Festival—along with the perennial TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival, it was hard to choose 25 shows out of the more than 110 live performances, but here they are, in chronological order:

1. April 1, 2010: Brad Mehldau Trio Grand Theatre, Kingston, Canada







2. April 21, 2010: Transatlantic Metropolis, Montreal, Canada


From left: Neal Morse, Roine Stolt, of Transatlantic





3. May 27, 2010: 1982 Trio Mount Ulriken, Bergen, Norway

1982 Trio, from left: Sigbjørn Apeland, Nils Økland, Øvind Skarbo





4. May 28, 2010: Stian Westerhus Natt Jazz, Bergen, Norway







5. May 28, 2010: Eivind Aarset Sonic Codex Natt Jazz, Bergen, Norway







6. June 27, 2010: John Scofield / Piety Street Band TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ottawa, Canada







7. June 28, 2010: Ralph Towner / Paolo Fresu TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ottawa, Canada

From left: Ralph Towner, Paolo Fresu





8. July 4, 2010: Christian Scott TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ottawa, Canada







9. July 4, 2010: Tomasz Stańko TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ottawa, Canada







10. July 9, 2010: Jan Erik Vold/Arild Andersen/Bill Frisell Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Kongsberg, Norway

Norwegian Poet Jan Erik Vold





11. July 10, 2010: Jaga Jazzist Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Kongsberg, Norway







12. July 21, 2010: Ketil Bjørnstad's Antonioni Project Molde Jazz Festival, Molde, Norway

Ketil Bjørnstad's Antonioni Project, from left: Anja Lechner, Arild Andersen, Eivind Aarset Andy Sheppard (Missing: Bjørnstad, Marilyn Mazur)





13. July 21, 2010: Nils Petter Molvær Trio Molde Jazz Festival, Molde, Norway







14. July 22, 2010: Ola Kvernberg's "Liarbird," with Joshua Redman Molde Jazz Festival, Molde, Norway







15. July 23, 2010: Motorpsycho/Trondheim Jazz Orchestra/Trondheimsolistene Molde Jazz Festival, Molde, Norway

From far right: Motorpsycho's Bent Sæthe and Hans Magnus Ryan with Ola Kvernberg and members of the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra/Trondheimsolistene





16. September 3, 2010: Jan Bang, ...and poppies from Kandahar Punkt Festival, Kristiansand, Norway

From left: Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang





17. September 4, 2010: Supersilent, with special guest John Paul Jones Punkt Festival, Kristiansand, Norway

From left: John Paul Jones and Supersilent's Arve Henriksen





18. October 2, 2010: Portico Quartet L'Astral, Montreal, Canada

Portico Quartet, from left: Jack Wyllie, Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick, Nick Mulvey





19. October 3, 2010: Chick Corea/Christian McBride/Brian Blade Dominion Chalmers Church, Ottawa, Canada

From left: Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Brian Blade





20. November 6, 2010: Juhani Aaltonen Quartet Tampere Jazz Happening, Tampere, Finland

From left: Iro Haarla, Ulfe Krokfors, Juhani Aaltonen, Reiska Laine





21. November 7 , 2010: Samuli Mikkonen, Marrku Ounaskari, Per Jørgensen Tampere Jazz Happening, Tampere, Finland

From left: Samuli Mikkonen, Per Jørgensen, Marrku Ounaskari





22. November 7 , 2010: Jimmy Herring Band New Universe Music Festival, Raleigh, USA





23. December 2 , 2010: Harmen Fraanje Avalonia Trio Dutch Jazz & World Meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands





24. December 2 , 2010: The Ploctones Dutch Jazz & World Meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Ploctones, from left: Martijn Vink, Efraim Trujillo, Jeroen Vierdag, Anton Goudsmit





25. December 3 , 2010: Eric Vloeimans' Gatecrash Dutch Jazz & World Meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

From left:Jeroen van Vliet, Eric Vloeimans, Gulli Gudmundsson, Jasper van Hulten



Photo Credits

Brad Mehldau: Tony Rodgers

Transatlantic: Courtesy of Radiant Records

1982 Trio: Luca Vitali

Eivind Aarset: Madli-Liis Parts

Eric Vloeimans' Gatecrash: Hans Speekenbrink

All Other Photos: John Kelman

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