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Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt

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The setting was Systems Two, a well-known, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn. The sessions, occurring over five days in May (7-11) 2017, were set up to record Cuban pianist/composer Elio Villafranca's sixth album, the elaborate and thoroughly rehearsed double-CD Cinque (artistShare), the music previously performed in shows at Lincoln Center in 2015. Present at Lincoln Center and at Systems Two was a well-coordinated team of musicians, including Steve Turre (trombone, conch shells), Greg Tardy (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Vincent ...

INTERVIEWS

Making The John Coltrane Jazz Festival in High Point

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John Coltrane was born in Hamlet North Carolina on September 23, 1926. When Coltrane was a young child his family moved to the town of High Point, North Carolina where he spent the first seventeen years of his life at 118 Underhill Street. Coltrane showed academic potential at Leonard Street School. Among his classmates he was known as a shy boy who was neat as well as a sharp dresser. Coltrane's situation changed drastically in the winter of ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers and Magpie Salute At The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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Gov't Mule, The Avett Brothers and Magpie Salute The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater Dark Side Of The Mule Tour 2018 Wantagh, NY July 12, 2018 Gov't Mule is a southern rock influenced jam band, formed in 1994 bu Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, as a side project to what, at the time was their main gigs as lead guitarist and bassist for the Allman Brothers Band. After releasing ...

MIXCLOUD

Marc Ribot, Dos Santos and other great new (and not so new) releases

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This episode features new releases and fresh sounds, from postmodern big bands to protest songs to lyrical meditations that will melt your heart. Happy listening! Photo credit: Barbara Rigon Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Dos Santos “Sole Party" from Logos (International Anthem) 0:17 Dos Santos “(You Are) My Revolution" from Logos (International Anthem) 3:50 Host talks 8:07 Pyeng Threadgill “Head Full of Hair, Heart ...

Sitting In It, Low Blow, Always a Bridesmaid

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Sitting In It Dear Mr. P.C.: Is there an “etiquette" as when to accept and when to decline joining a band on stage when invited? --Getting Uneasy Each Sit-in Time Dear GUEST: First, the obvious: If you're better than the band, sitting in makes them look bad but makes you look good. If you're worse than the band, sitting in makes them look good but makes you look bad. That means the ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tin Men and the Telephone: World Domination Vol 1: Furie

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Seriously, if this is what world domination sounds like, sign me up for a lifetime subscription! Sure you can control this trio with a smartphone through the Tinmendo app, but can you really? These guys are so gloriously off the rails, so wondrously their own entity that, yeah, go find your hot spot and hope for reception, but you ain't in control. None of us are (at the moment). But when this Amsterdam-based cauldron of invention and genre-mashing ...

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Groovemeisters: Dennis Coffey and Barry Goldberg

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Any musiclover worth his or her salt will testify to the fact that some of the best instrumentalists are the greatest unsung heroes. Playing during any given era of rock and roll, blues, jazz or funk, in any cross-fertilization thereof, session players, sidemen and collaborators of comparatively low profiles can be part and parcel of the most durable recordings and memorable stage performances. To that end, the names of such figures as Barry Goldberg and Dennis Coffey invariably turn up ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Toronto Jazz Orchestra: 20

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The name on the album--20--says it all: the world-class Toronto Jazz Orchestra has been presenting marvelous music in eastern Canada and beyond for twenty years and has marked the special anniversary by releasing the fourth in a series of admirable recordings that began in 2001 with Toronto Jazz Orchestra. This time out, all the arrangements (and all but one composition, a revision of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's “Dear Prudence") are by the TJO's artistic director, Josh ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Salis: Frank Salis

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Swiss organist Frank Salis (until recently he has called his working trio “Frank Salis H3O") plays the blues like he's been doing it since childhood--because he has. As a young prodigy (he taught himself how to play the piano at age eight) he was exposed to blues piano early on, and decided that was what he wanted to do. At age 20 he began studying jazz, finding his second musical love when exposed to the Hammond organ for the first ...

PROFILES

SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

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Five years after the jny: San Francisco, California organization SFJAZZ created its own building, the SFJAZZ Center, it has proved a raving, even rampaging, success, unrelenting in programming, sales, education, and music production. Its number of concerts has doubled from 248 to more than 500. Its membership has increased by almost 200% to more than 14,000. It moves a million dollars worth of tickets in the first week its box office opens; some shows sell out to members even before ...