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Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

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Detroit Jazz Festival Downtown Detroit Detroit, Michigan August 31-September 3, 2018 Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and there was even a time when names such as Chaka Khan and Nancy Wilson rubbed noses with more mainstream sensibilities. There were even moments ...

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Marty Elkins: Fat Daddy

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The jazz world is full of singers who deserve a higher profile than they have, and Marty Elkins is most certainly one of them. This trad-jazz true believer and pliantly phrasing charmer has a way with words and an appreciation for the finer things in sound and song. Some might call her an aural antiquarian, but there's nary a speck of dust on the material she chooses to sing. Accompanied by a crack band equally at home with chestnuts of ...

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Fabled: Short Stories

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Anyone who has ever pulled pints for a living probably has some stories to tell. Sam Rapley, the leader of Fabled, used to work behind the bar in Manchester's renowned Band On The Wall club. A favoured site during World War II, its jazz acts often played on during air raids. Legend has it that twenty-four thousand beers were sold there one public holiday. Rapley wouldn't know such excess on his latterday shifts, but he surely found the ...

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UHHM: UHHM

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UHHM's self-titled debut album throws progressive rock and free jazz into a dizzying, heavily improvisational mix of satisfying songs and forgettable avante-garde experiments. Created in 2017, UHHM is a Baltimore-based trio with Nick Sala on guitar, Jack Naden on drums and Chris Frick on keyboards and French horn. Their genre-blending and experimental compositions lead to some dense, striking moments. “Septagon," the only song on the album composed by drummer Jack Naden instead of ...

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District 5: Decoy

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Without getting too far into the initial spin of this record, it became apparent that the musicians of District 5 emit impressions of youth, armed with a penchant for adventure and unbridled momentum. Soon afterwards, the assumption was confirmed: the Swiss artists are--via information gleaned from a press pitch on Intakt Records website--in their twenties. Heartiness, a willingness to take chances and veer towards an uncommon pathway are attributes that seed the nucleus of the ensemble's operative approach.

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Edward Vesala, Jean-Paul Celea, The Necks & more

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This episode of One Man's Jazz continues to dig into the goldmine of international jazz artistry with featured samplings of artists from the Freddy Morezon Collective in Toulouse along with fellow Frenchman, bassist Jean-Paul Celea's Yes Ornette Trio, while Germany's MPS Records compilation of cosmic music from the 1965-1975 decade is also explored. There's more Tomasz Stanko and some Edward Vesala, with Australia's The Necks, so popular in Europe, making the closing statement. Playlist ...

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Rising Stars: Wondrous Woman

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For those of you who may not be aware, Your Own Personal Genius was once a fresh-faced music major at Mars Hill University in North Carolina. My principal instrument was euphonium (I also had a minor in trombone). Later, I left to study Jazz with Ellis Marsalis during his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a double-threat Classical euphoniumnist/Jazz trombonist, I discovered two things early on: 1) There was virtually no demand for my talents, which is why I ended ...

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Beethoven, Barber and Vivaldi at The Jazz Corner

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Beethoven, Barber and Vivaldi The Jazz Corner Hiltonhead Island, SC September 9, 2018For half a year, this writer has been working with Mrs Lois Masteller, owner of the Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island SC, and Noel Freidline searching out a way to present classical music fully integrated with jazz inflections. That's not an easy aspiration to fulfill: the history of crossover collaborations has been uncomfortable. Symphony orchestras have invited jazz musicians ...

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Paul Heller: Paul Heller Meets Roman Schwaller

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Granted, Paul Heller meeting Roman Schwaller isn't such a big deal here in the States. It is, however, quite a big deal in Germany and western Europe as a whole where Heller and Schwaller are among the reigning monarchs of the tenor saxophone, akin to such American twosomes as Ammons / Gordon, Sims / Cohn or, more recently, Harry Allen / Scott Hamilton, among others. Setting aside the country of origin, this is powerful and perceptive post-bop blowing at its ...