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Peter Zak Quartet at Smalls Jazz Club

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Peter Zak Quartet Smalls Jazz Club jny:New York, NY December 18, 2020 One of a handful of rotating camera angles from Smalls Jazz Club offered a view of Peter Zak's hands on the keyboard of a Yamaha grand. This vantage point spoke volumes about the opening set of Zak's quartet. Despite a fair amount of evidence to the contrary, jazz piano doesn't have to be loud and frenetic to make an impact. Zak's ...

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Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 3

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway December 8-11, 2020 December 8Beady Belle Beady Belle is a soul/jazz band led by vocalist Beate S. Lech. For this performance she was joined by her husband Marius Reksjø on electric bass, plus keyboardist and backing vocalist David Wallumrød, drummer and backing vocalist Bjørn Sæther, and backing vocalists Sofie Tollefsbøl and Anja Martine Mørk. Most of these musicians ...

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Mary Ellen Desmond: 'Comfort and Joy' 2020 Virtual Stream

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Mary Ellen Desmond Comfort and Joy: Virtual Stream Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany Philadelphia, PA December 13, 2020 In the course of two decades as a jazz reviewer in Philadelphia, it has often been my pleasure to hear Mary Ellen Desmond sing, and for the past seventeen of those years, in addition to her club dates and recordings, her special seasonal musical offering has consisted of the Comfort ...

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The Bad Plus at Bijou Theatre

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The Bad Plus Bijou Theatre From Big Ears, Part 2 Knoxville, TN December 4, 2020 The Bad Plus kicked off the virtual concert series “Sites & Sounds from Big Ears" with their October 9th concert streamed from Knoxville's historic Bijou Theatre. This second installment began with a point of view shot walking down S. Gay Street to the theater entrance, through the glamorous Art Deco lobby (which surely will trigger a twinge of recognition ...

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Nick Hempton Band Live & Loud

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Nick Hempton Band Live and Loud New York, NY December 3, 2020 Can venues reflect the tenor of a particular time? In August of 2018, saxophonist Nick Hempton played two sets at a park in Dobbs Ferry, NY, a striking location right on the Hudson River. It was a comfortably warm summer evening. Families sat on lawn chairs and blankets, noshed on goodies, applauded the sounds of Hempton's quartet and laughed at the dry wit ...

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Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway November 24-December 1, 2020 November 24 Silje Nergaard Silje Nergaard is one of the new breed of jazz singers who writes most of her material--rather than singing jazz standards and songs from the Great American Songbook--occupying a stylistic space somewhere between traditional swing-oriented vocalists and singer-songwriters. “Based On a Thousand True Stories" opened the concert in a ...

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December jazz in Helsinki

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Daniel Erdmann's Velvet Revolution and others Hietsun Paviljonki and various venues On-line concerts Helsinki, Finland December 1-2, 2020 Two evenings of live youthful jazz events opened December's musical fare at a time of sparse availability of live concerts around the globe: Daniel Erdmann's Velvet Revolution, and the We-Jazz sponsored Nordic Jazz Comets. Both nights featured masterly musicianship and challenging compositions. The reality of the first evening's streamed concert was what you ...


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