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Montreux Jazz Festival 2019

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Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland June 28 to July 13, 2019 Montreux Jazz festival began in 1967, driven by the vision of Claude Nobs in collaboration with Geo Voumard, Rene Langel, and the Office of Tourism in their hometown Montreux, on Lake Geneva. This year 2019, was the 53rd edition. For two weeks in July, the small town expands to entertain a quarter of a million visitors. Montreux has managed to maintain the original ...

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Jazz At Juan 2019

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Jazz at Juan Opening Weekend Juan Les Pins, South of France July 12-21, 2019 Jazz at Juan-Les-Pins has always been the boutique quality jazz festival of the South of France. The stage beside the blue Mediterranean Sea, was open-backed leaving a view through to the sunset over the Bay of Angels. The audience of 3,000 was all seated in bleachers. Live big screens showed the detail of performances. This year 2019, is the 59th edition ...

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Dan Phillips He's Back And He's Proud

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In just a few short years listeners have changed their thinking about Dan Phillips from “who is dis guy?" to “fantastic news, another Dan Phillips release." Maybe we can attribute this response to the wandering nature of the guitarist. He has lived in Chicago, New York, Bangkok, and Tokyo. Now, back in Chicago his music has jelled, crystallizing in several high profile ensembles including the Chicago Edge Ensemble with Hamid Drake, Jeb Bishop, Krzysztof Pabian, and Mars Williams and with ...

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Angelika Niescier - Christopher Tordini - Gerald Cleaver (feat. Jonathan Finlayson): New York Trio

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After alto saxophonist Angelika Niescier's masterful live disc from 2018, Berlin Concert (Intakt), she decided to head into the studio to document her continually evolving compositions. It's a somewhat altered line-up from the earlier album. Niescier's go-to bassist, Christopher Tordini remains. However, instead of Tyshawn Sorey we have Gerald Cleaver occupying the drum kit; and we are also treated on a few of the cuts to trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, who adds another dimension to Niescier's pieces. With more of an ...

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Anne Mette Iversen's Ternion Quartet: Invincible Nimbus

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Anne Mette Iversen's Ternion Quartet is a frisky, loosely controlled ensemble with a fierce drive that recalls Charles Mingus' small groups. Iversen and drummer Roland Schneider push the music relentlessly forward while the front line of saxophonist Silke Eberhard and trombonist Geoffroy De Masure carouse boisterously on the top. Iversen's themes carry traces of classical structure, like the fugue used in “The Rose Window" and the brittle, percussive chopping that begins “Polychromatic Pictures," but the music always ...

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New in 2019 - An Eclectic Mix

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An eclectic mix of recent releases covering a wide variety of styles and influences. Playlist Sarathy Korwar “Mumbay (feat. MC Mawali)" from More Arriving (Leaf) 00:00 Chris Lomheim, Michael O'Brien, Jay Epstein “Blue Talisman" from Triage (Shifting Paradigm) 06:00 Marc Copland “Gary" from Gary (Illusions Music) 14:00 Mark Dresser Seven “Black Arthur's Bounce (In Memory of Arthur Blythe)" from Ain't Nothing But a Cyber Coup and You (Clean Feed) 20:30 Scheen Jazzorkester & Thomas Johansson “As We ...

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Elliott Sharp: Syzygy

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Immaculately recorded by Italian label Dodicilune, Elliott Sharp's Syzygy continues Sharp's explorations of spontaneous and improvisatory sound. He and his collaborators offer up studio versions of Syzygy on the first disc and live versions of the material on disc two. As much modern classical as abstract jazz, it is the musical textures and abstractions that give the album its dream-like eeriness. The instrumentation offers a twist as well—eschewing drums, Sharp populates his music with computer devices, “objects," and ...

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Melissa Aldana: Visions

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Compositional and instrumental virtuosity always walks along a razor's edge between self-indulgence and purposeful accomplishment. On Visions, sought after saxophonist Melissa Aldana proves that she doesn't only master balancing this edge but that she can also go beyond the complexities of structure, scales and improvisation and naturally create her very own musical aesthetic. In interplay with an all-star cast of equally dynamic sidemen—Sam Harris on keys, Pablo Menares on bass, as well as drummer Tommy Crane and Joel Ross adding ...

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Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest 2019

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Summer Jazz & Fringe Jazz Fest Various Venues Copenhagen, Denmark July 10-13, 2019 One of the best things about Copenhagen Jazz Festival is that it is not just one festival, but many festivals in one. During the festival, each corner of the city is filled with music. It is not only the center, but every part of the city that participates in the celebration of jazz. It is outside and inside and ...

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North Sea Round Town 2019

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North Sea Round Town Dawn: A Trilogy of Sound Rotterdam Wihelmina Pier June 28-29, 2019 North Sea Round Town is a community-based festival in the port city of Rotterdam (largest port in Europe) situated in the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta at the North Sea. With its 365 concerts spread over 125 locations in the city for 18 days it is an upbeat to the three-days commercial mega North Sea Jazz Festival. The locations are ...

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Betty–They Say I’m Different

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Betty Davis Betty —They Say I'm Different Native Voice Films 2018 The incisive documentary Betty--They Say I'm Different chronicled the humble beginnings and explosive career of the '70s trail blazer, composer and vocalist Betty Davis. Her bold music and incendiary stage persona was light-years ahead of the existing social norms and well beyond music industry categorization. Director Phil Cox tells the compelling saga with her voice, and through interviews with family, childhood friends, performance ...

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Ruben Caban: Shafted

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Puerto Rican trombonist Ruben Caban makes a splash with the Latin jazz shaded Shafted, his first own-name album. The disc is full of grit and swagger and offers a host of original compositions sure to shake them bones. A professor of jazz trombone at Florida International University as well as Miami-Dade and Broward colleges, Caban is a seasoned professional sharing the stage with some of the best musicians in the world. The album has already received acclaim and ...