Articles by Peter Jurew

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SPHERES at Nublu 151

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SPHERES Nublu 151 New York, NY July 8 and August 6, 2019 SPHERES is a jazz collective recently started by keyboardist Jamie Saft and electric guitarist Chuck Hammer playing monthly gigs at Nublu, a loft-club showcase for new music in jny: New York City's East Village. Taking inspiration as well as its name from Thelonious Sphere Monk, their two gigs to date have seen Saft and Hammer pair up with top-flight rhythm sections and journey ...

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New York Japanese Jazz Festival 2019

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New York Japanese Jazz Festival Smoke Jazz & Supper Club New York, NY June 25-27, 2019 The Japanese people's love for jazz, rock, blues and other forms of music with African-American roots has been well established for decades. Working bands and musicians at all levels of fame regularly make the Land of the Rising Sun a destination and are met with uniquely polite audiences whose intense devotion can border on the worshipful. In the improvisational ...

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Ron Carter Quartet At Regattabar

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Ron Carter Quartet Regattabar Cambridge, MA February 22, 2019 You are the “World's Greatest Jazz Bassist," as a sign used to say at The Knickerbocker Saloon in New York City, where you and Cedar Walton held forth for many years. You have been at the top of your profession for sixty years, becoming the most recorded bassist in history along the way. Your bottom end musical offspring abound: since Kennedy was president, ...

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The Branford Marsalis Quartet at Jazz Standard

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Branford Marsalis Quartet Jazz Standard New York, NY February 20, 2019 The Branford Marsalis Quartet came into jny: New York's Jazz Standard in late February to showcase The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul, their first new album release in seven years and, in marking the special occasion, to blow the roof off that primetime jazz basement. That it has been seven years since the band's last new release does not ...

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Philip Glass Ensemble Performs Music In Twelve Parts At Town Hall

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Philip Glass Ensemble Town Hall New York, NY October 27, 2018 Philip Glass's monumental Music in Twelve Parts was originally intended to be performed over three nights. “It's a marathon," Lisa Bielawa, the Ensemble's singer, has said. “The way people train for a marathon is the way we prepare for this piece." Returning to jny: New York's Town Hall where it debuted in 1974, the four-hour cycle was performed in ...

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Jaimoe's Jasssz Band at the Iridium

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Jaimoe's Jasssz Band The Iridium New York, NY July 24, 2017 When guitarist Duane Allman was looking to start a band in 1969, the first musician he hired was drummer Jai Johanny Johanson. Just 24 years old at the time, Johanson, becoming known from Memphis to Muscle Shoals simply as Jaimoe, was already a veteran of the R&B circuit, having toured with Sam & Dave and Otis Redding. Crossing paths in the evolving music scene, ...

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Emi Ferguson: Amour Cruel

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Crossing musical borders is a risky business. Our culture loves certainty; the marketplace prefers easily distinguishable, homogenous categories. Whereas contemporary visual artists, at least since Rauschenberg, receive critical praise (and financial reward) for combining styles and materials previously thought to be discrete, contemporary musicians who cross boundaries put their reputations, and sometimes their careers, on the line. This is especially true of the musician who comes from the classical tradition and crosses over into pop, rock or jazz.

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Tim Ries With Randy Brecker at Drom

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Tim Ries with Randy BreckerDromNew York, NYJune 21, 2017 Saxophonist Tim Ries has made a name for himself internationally as a jazz educator and composer, leader and sideman. A master of tenor and soprano saxophones, since 2007, he's also known for playing in the Rolling Stones's horn section on several world tours. Those side gigs led to two well-received albums of Ries- arranged Stones material performed by jazz ensembles that have included Mick Jagger, Keith ...

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Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration

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Mingus Big BandJazz StandardNew York, NY April 24, 2017 Saturday, April 22, was an unusually good day. It started, blessedly, when the president did not tweet out a series of early morning fabrications/accusations to befuddle the free world. And it could only get better from there: It was Earth Day! Scientists marked the 27th edition with a global March For Science, and tens of thousands of people made a full-throated defense of fact-based (as opposed ...

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Jessie Lambiase Featuring Gil Parris

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Jessie Lambiase Featuring Gil Parris IridiumNew York, NYMarch 10, 2017 Lovers of fine guitar playing are aware of the monstrous chops of Gil Parris, the jazz, blues and rock master who has been called “one of guitardom's unsung heroes." How can it be that a virtuoso who's been nominated for a Grammy and recorded and toured both as a solo artist and sideman with the likes of Dr. John, Diane Schuur, and Bobby Caldwell, to ...

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Glass @ 80: Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso with Jeffrey Zeigler and Asher Delerme

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Philip Glass National Sawdust Brooklyn, NY March 12, 2017 On their own, National Sawdust and World Music Institute are two smartly run non-profit cultural organizations that produce wonderful programming for smart, loyal audiences. Together, the two can be dynamic co-conspirators in the effort to stage the kind of riveting, genre-bending artistic expression that can transcend borders and begin to salve the collective wounds inflicted by our sorry times. Such was the case in December when ...

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Stephane Wrembel: The Django Experiment I & II

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When guitarist extraordinaire Stephane Wrembel was invited to appear at the 2012 Academy Award to play his composition, “Bistro Fada," the theme song for Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, it represented a high point in the modern history of the genre known as “Gypsy jazz." Inspired by the original Quintette du le Hot Club de France, co-led in the 1930's and '40's by the Sinti-Romani guitar genius Django Reinhardt and his violinist partner, Stephane Grappelli, Gypsy jazz has continued to ...


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