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Jazzdor Berlin 2019

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Kulturbrauerei, Kesselhaus Jazzdor Berlin Berlin June 4-7, 2019 Jazzdor Berlin is one of the few truly, consistently and enduring European minded and spirited jazz festival events around--an initiative taken by Phillip Ochem, the artistic leader of the Strasbourg festival Jazzdor, more than a decade ago. Long breath Unlike other festivals that now and then guest one-time partnering spots the Jazzdor event at Berlin turned out to grow into a unique real long-term annual satellite ...

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Charles Ruggiero & Hilary Gardner: Play The Bird And The Bee

Read "Play The Bird And The Bee" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If you've encountered drummer Charles Ruggiero's debut, Boom Bang, Boom Bang! (Rondette Jazz, 2014), you might've seen this coming. There, in the penultimate spot on the playlist, is a cover of The Bird and the Bee's “I'm A Broken Heart" featuring vocalist Hilary Gardner. Something of an outlier on the album, it hinted at a great appreciation for the sharp lyrics and artful designs responsible for that indie synth-pop duo's acclaim. That small seed of possibility, pointing ...

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Eric Clapton at Wiener Stadthalle, Austria 2019

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Eric Clapton Wiener Stadthalle Vienna, Austria June 6, 2019 In his hands is the instrument of eternal damnation and salvation and a passage ticket either in hell or heaven. He is a master guitarist and a mythical beast whose songs and guitar virtuosity have elicited the entire spectrum of human emotions for the past 60 years. Ever since Eric Clapton emerged in the early '60s he has created a fluid and dynamic body ...

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Alex Koo: Appleblueseagreen

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The Belgian/Japanese pianist/composer Alex Koo enlisted a pair of first call allstars, saxophonist Mark Turner and trumpeter Ralph Alessi, forming an acoustic chamber trio that brings his vision to life on Appleblueseagreen. The title is taken from the literal translation of the Flemish word “appelblauwzeegroen," to describe a color of ambiguous personality. The music is cinematic, with the first three tunes, “enuD," “Dune" and “Funeral March," giving off a vibe of deep, ruminative sadness, like a soundtrack to the aftermath ...

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Bob Dylan: The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings

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In contrast to most of the massive archival projects exhumed from Bob Dylan's vault, The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings is not accompanied by a smaller, condensed package of similar content. But that only makes sense: the third installment of The Bootleg Series was issued in 2002 in the form of a two-cd set devoted to a cross-section of such content. Preserving the rarity of that now discontinued release, every one of those very same recordings reappears in ...

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Bertrand Denzler / CoÔ: Arc

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This release is particularly welcome as Potlatch Records has not released an album since Infra by Pascale Criton, in September 2017. As the label issued its first album--No Waiting, by Derek Bailey & Joëlle Léandre--in 1998, this is an opportunity to mark the ground-breaking label's twentieth anniversary, and send congratulations to proprietor Jacques Oger. It is fitting that an album featuring Bertrand Denzler marks the occasion, as he has been a Potlatch regular, in various guises. Recently, saxophonist Denzler has ...

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Philip Glass & Philip Glass Ensemble at Malmo Live Konserthus, Sweden

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Philip Glass & Philip Glass Ensemble Malmo Live Konserthus 50th year jubilee Malmo, Sweden May 26, 2019 Throughout his nearly 6-decade career, composer Philip Glass continues to light up stages around the world. Particularly during this past May, his music lit up many stages throughout Europe as there was a flurry of activities and performances of many of his works. He premiered his new symphony No 12 that is based on David Bowie's Lodger ...

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Jazz at 100 Hour 37: Cool - Four Brothers After Woody Herman (1946 - 1961)

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Bandleader Woody Herman created a distinctive sound around The Four Brothers -the three tenor plus baritone sax front line of Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Herbie Stewart (later Al Cohn) and Serge Chaloff—and the writing of clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre. In time, Getz, Sims, Chaloff, Cohn and Giuffre would all become distinctive soloists and all had a role in defining West Coast Jazz in the 1950s.Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Stan Getz Quartet. “Opus De Bop" from Bebop Story: Vol. 077, ...

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2019

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Burlington, Vermont May 31-June 9, 2019 Prominent among the many of virtues the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival offers its hometown each year is a reminder of the energetic activity that permeates the Queen City of Vermont (and not just at this most wonderful time of the year). Witness the first night of 2019's ten-day run: in addition to one of the most friendly and accessible opening acts in recent years--Bobby McFerrin on ...

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Remembering Dr. John

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Dr. John, Ph'd in jny: New Orleans piano with a minor in voodoo, died at the age 77 on June 6. Dr. John honored his roots, learned from masters like Professor Longhair, and added his own special herbs to create a gumbo that can never be recreated, even if someone manages to find a recipe. Dr. John was born Mac Rebennack, a name that makes one wonder why he thought he would need an alias in the first place. Rebennack's ...

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David Bixler: In The Face Of Chaos

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In The Face Of Chaos marks a re-emergence, if not a complete artistic rebirth, for David Bixler. It serves as a true inspiration, drawing beauty from pain, and peace from personal struggle. Life took an unexpected turn for the saxophonist's family when his youngest son suffered a traumatic brain injury a number of years ago. With that, logically, came a need to re-evaluate priorities. So, Bixler took a step back and did what any loving parent would do; ...