Articles by Dave Kaufman

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Celebrating Andrew Cyrille at the 2019 Vision Festival

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The 2019 jazz festival “high holy" season opened with the sounds of the 24th Vision Festival, the longest running jazz festival in jny: New York City. The festival is dedicated to free jazz and improvised music, but it is an expansive celebration of art in its many guises. Dance performances, poetry and visual art forms are an essential facet of the experience. Arts for Arts, the organization that puts on the Vision Festival is also committed to building, sustaining and ...

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Sound the Alarms: Medeski Martin & Wood at the 2019 NYC Winter Jazz Festival

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The 2019 jazz fest season is upon us and I'm taking to this opportunity to look back at some of my best festival experiences over the course of the last year. The JNY: New York City Winter Jazzfest celebrated its 15th anniversary this past year (2019). I have been very fortunate to have attended 12 of them. It's never less than a great event with an astonishing lineup of stellar artists, including some of the biggest names in jazz as ...

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Tony Malaby with Nick Fraser at the Rex

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I recently relocated to jny: Toronto and I'm still familiarizing myself with the local jazz scene and musicians. The scene itself turns out to be more expansive and broader in musical scope than I anticipated. The Rex Jazz Bar and Hotel is the pre-eminent jazz club in the city. It features jazz seven nights a week with as many as 20 shows in a given week, almost rivaling Smalls Jazz in jny: New York City for the breadth of its ...

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Jazz dans la Nuit at The Montreal International Jazz Festival 2018

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4jny: Montreal is a city known for its beautiful historic churches and cathedrals. Église du Gesù, a magnificent church situated in the heart of downtown Montreal, opened its doors in 1865. The basement in the church has housed an amphitheater dedicated to the arts for almost 100 years. It was renovated in 1992 and reopened as Le Centre de créativité du Gesù. The facility offers space for art ...

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Headliners and Rising Stars at the 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4This year marked one of the best and most well-balanced indoor (paid indoor events) and (free) outdoor lineups at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM). The strength of the lineup stretched across genres and also maintained a consistency over the course of the entire festival. There wasn't any day in the 10-day marathon that I could take a break and catch up on some sleep. Since ...

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Sweet Soul Music and the Low Down Dirty Blues at the Montreal Jazz Festival

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4The marquee on Stax Records studio in jny: Memphis, Tennessee reads “Soulsville U.S.A." Although “Soulsville of the North" may be a stretch, for 10 days in July, jny: Montreal turns into a hotbed of Soul, R&B, Funk and the Blues. From the first years of the festival onwards, the Montreal Jazz Festival has featured iconic artists such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Ray Charles and B.B. ...

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On The Local Scene At The 2018 Montreal International Jazz Festival

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM) is a magnificent celebration of jazz as well many other musical genres. The festival celebrated its 39th anniversary this past year. I have had the distinct pleasure of attending over 30 of them. FIJM has been an indispensable part of my musical education and life experiences since my days of youth. The festival spans 10 days and offers well over ...

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Sunday at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Friday | Saturday | Sunday Sunday was a spectacularly beautiful day in Monterey which was just perfect for the 12-hour marathon of music. The closing day of the Jazz Festival included a stellar lineup of great jazz artists including Joe Lovano, Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Brad Mehldau, Regina Carter and the closing event which featured a piano duet with celebrated jazz masters Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. These artists provided many of the great highlights as ...

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Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Friday | Saturday | SundaySaturday at the Monterey Jazz Festival featured excellent performances by some of the lesser known artists, fine concerts by headliners and a great after-hour jam sessions. It was another splendid day with much great music. My day at the fest started out mid-afternoon with a fine performance by accomplished trumpeter Sean Jones leading a quartet that included the remarkable piano playing of Victor Gould. The “Mississippi Blues Child-Mr. Sipp" thrilled an audience with some ...

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Friday Night at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Friday | Saturday | SundayThe Monterey Jazz Festival celebrated its 60th anniversary and has been witness to some of the greatest concerts in jazz history as reflected in many stellar live recordings from the festival. This was my first trip to this much heralded event. The festival is held on the Fair Grounds and resembles a little village. There are interesting shops, food stands serving quality ethnic cuisine, craft beers and excellent coffee available--in other words, the essentials ...

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Jazz at the Nash Volume 2: Roots in AZ

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This is the second in a series of In Pictures articles on The Nash, a jazz club and educational institution that is at the heart of the jny: Phoenix jazz universe. This article celebrates visiting musicians who have roots in Arizona. Tenor titan Tony Malaby, a native of Tucson, brought his outstanding group Paloma Recio to the Nash in March, 2015. The group includes Ben Monder, bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Nasheet Waits, all group leaders in their ...

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Smokin' at The Nash

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Jazz cognoscenti may not think of jny: Phoenix as a hotbed of great jazz. However, a confluence of factors contributes to a remarkably vibrant jazz scene. The city boasts a wealth of excellent jazz education programs spread across universities and community colleges. This has attracted great musicians and educators from around the country who play the local venues with some frequency. The music programs have also begun to produce the next generation of jazz musicians and they contribute much to ...