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Brussels Jazz Festival 2019

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Brussels Jazz Festival Flagey Brussels, Belgium January 10-19, 2019 The Brussels Jazz Festival is a relative newcomer, but this ambitious 10-dayer managed to sell out around two thirds of its gigs, and was overall the most successful in attendance for this fifth edition. Concerts are held in the two main studios of Flagey, a 1930s Art Deco radio broadcasting complex in the Ixelles area, just south of the city centre. It was ...

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Kraków Jazz Juniors Competition 2018

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Jazz Juniors 2018 ICE Kraków Congress Centre/Piec Art Acoustic Jazz Club Kraków, Poland November 29-December 2, 2018 In 2017, the four-day Jazz Juniors competition was merged under the banner of Hitch On, with promises of a full duality for its 2018 42nd edition. Along the way, this didn't quite happen, and now this long Kraków weekender has become simply Jazz Juniors, even though that contestant definition reaches into a prospective entrant's early ...

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Live From Cologne: Bastian Stein, Eivind Aarset & Danish Vibes

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The Bastian Stein Trio The Loft November 5, 2018 The Loft is indeed right at the top of its reasonably tall building, having many stairs to climb, but with jazz salvation found, once this effort is made. Improvisation and moderne composed music are also presented, plus there's a recording studio attached, facilitating radio broadcasts and live album releases. A makeshift bar is separated from the performance space, serving slim glasses of the local Kölsch ...

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Live From Berlin: Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Henrik Walsdorff & Ida Nielsen

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The Schlippenbach-Walsdorff Quartet A-Trane October 31, 2018 The A-Trane is one of Berlin's best-known jazz clubs, but is surprisingly small, once discovered on its quiet street-corner. This might be a disadvantage when they're booking some of the big-name acts that appear there, resulting in lost sales from potential bookings, but once the customer has successfully gained entrance, this club provides a wonderfully intimate setting to catch a combo. Fire regulations probably forbid ...

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Belgrade Jazz Festival 2018

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Belgrade Jazz Festival Dom Omladine/Kombank Dvorana Belgrade, Serbia October 25-29, 2018 The 34th edition of the Belgrade Jazz Festival maintained its exciting strategy of diverse programming, from Kurt Elling to The Thing, Marc Ribot to Bobby Shew, Cortex down to The Necks. That's already an enticing blend of artists from Norway, Sweden, Australia and the USA. Most of the sets were split between the two stages of Dom Omladine (the Belgrade Youth ...

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Live From Old York: Maya Youssef, Vika Bull, Roy Wood, Blackbeard’s Tea Party & Ben Ottewell

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Maya Youssef National Centre For Early Music October 12, 2018 This was a different group than the trio that your scribe saw in Birmingham around a year earlier, with Syrian qanun player Maya Youssef losing her pair of Iranian sidekicks and now joined by some new bloods. Instead of setar (small lute) and kamancheh (small upright fiddle), she was in a fresh threesome with cellist Barney Morse-Brown and percussionist Elizabeth Nott. Youssef's ...

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Live From Birmingham: Joe Louis Walker, Alasdair Roberts & Brian Jackson

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Joe Louis Walker Pizza Express September 15, 2018 Mostly, the US bluesman Joe Louis Walker can be heard playing incendiary electric guitar licks, but this UK mini-tour offered the rare opportunity to catch him in acoustic mode, even if this dude's definition of 'acoustic' is much meatier than most. He might have been physically playing a hollow bodied instrument, but with the aid of pedals and amplification, we certainly weren't talking Charley Patton.

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Live From Birmingham: Thomas Stone, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Percy Pursglove & Martin Carthy

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Thomas Stone/Takahiro Kawaguchi Centrala August 9, 2018 Centrala is yet another one of those individualist art joints in the post-industrial Digbeth area of Birmingham, balancing audio and visual forms. They have a regular diet of evening performances, usually of a more unusual bent. Coming up from London, Thomas Stone was joined by opening act Takahiro Kawaguchi, both of these dudes dedicated to the bleed between gigging and performance art. Kawaguchi had an ...

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Ideas Of Noise 2018

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Ideas Of Noise The Edge & Vivid Projects Birmingham, England August 3-5, 2018 Noise isn't really noise. Much of this weekender's content was somewhat sculpted, even if often rough (or scaly, or oozing) to the touch. A 'noise' outcome is usually in the eardrum of the victim, as interpreted by prior taste. The first edition of this festival operated in such a manner that it could easily lure listeners who held ostensible ...

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WOMAD 2018

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WOMAD 2018 Charlton Park Malmesbury, England July 26-29, 2018 If festivals might have become bonded to female performer quotients (or not, depending on the individual festival), there is no potential negative effect when selected artists are of the high calibre presented at this year's WOMAD. Indeed, most of this long weekend's best global-feast sets were given by female bandleaders, or outfits with significant womanly presences. At least three of these could be ...

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Moldejazz 2018

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Moldejazz 2018 Molde, Norway July 16-21, 2018 Skyscraper cruise ships pull up to the the port of Molde in Norway, temporarily overpopulating this small west coast city, in addition to the folks who are already visiting for its long-established jazz festival. The Molde centre might be conventionally dedicated to shopping, but the surroundings feature fjords, old wooden houses and sloping hills of greenery. Then we have an abundance of small islands, and a distinct ...

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Live Harps From Birmingham: FitkinWall, Robin Williamson & Alina Bzhezhinska

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FitkinWall Royal Birmingham Conservatoire June 25, 2018 In an uncanny bending of happenstance tendencies, we found ourselves with three harp gigs in less than one week, even though manifested as moderne classical, folk troubadour and spiritual jazz styles. Harpist Ruth Wall and keyboardist Graham Fitkin regularly work together as the composite unit FitkinWall, and here they were presenting a day of activities at the still-smelling-new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Fitkin is well established ...