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Squeeze Live at the Tabernacle

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Squeeze The Tabernacle Atlanta September 22, 2019 Squeeze emerged in the late-70s new wave rock scene but were always so much more than that implied. The band has long combined songwriting mastery which was comparable to that of the Beatles with a seamless amalgam of soul, blues, rock and even some jazzier flourishes (particularly in recent years). Unlike most of their peers, Squeeze never stopped evolving and manage the rare trick of updating ...

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The Avett Brothers with special guest Lake Street Dive at The Barclays Center

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The Avett Brothers with special guest Lake Street Dive The Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY October 5, 2019 The Avett Brothers' music is best described as a gumbo of Americana featuring a mélange of folk, pop, country and bluegrass with elements of rock and blues and a touch of jazz. Hailing from Mount Pleasant, NC, the Avett Brothers have been nominated for three Academy Awards and eight Americana Music Honors & Awards trophies. It has won ...

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Chucho Valdés With Kenny Garrett At SFJAZZ

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Chucho Valdés and Kenny Garrett SFJAZZ San Francisco Jazz Festival San Francisco, CA October 4, 2019 A commanding Cuban pianist, the stately Chucho Valdés is best known as the founder of legendary Cuban band Irakere. Kenny Garrett has played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and with the late Miles Davis, among others, but has gained notoriety for his work as a solo artist. Since his first recording in 1990, his awards and accolades have ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2019

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Galway Jazz Festival 2019 Various venues Galway, Ireland October 2-6, 2019 Bat song may be a first at a jazz festival, but then they do things differently here in Galway. Bats were in and plastic was out. No plastic laminates or cable ties, no plastic on outdoor advertising, no plastic wrapping on backstage food, and no plastic bottles were permitted by the organizers of GJF19. With carbon footprint awareness the name of the ...

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Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation At The Kimmel Center

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Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Perelman Theater Philadelphia, PA October 11, 2019 Marcus Roberts is one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, coming up in the 1980s in Wynton Marsalis' band and since then more or less following Marsalis' emphasis on playing jazz classics rather than heading in new directions. He has developed a solid track record on his ...

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Ravi Coltrane Quartet at the New Hazlett Theater

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Ravi Coltrane Quartet New Hazlett Theater Pittsburgh, PA October 5, 2019 Since 2007, the Kente Arts Alliance (KAA) has worked diligently to underscore the relationship between the arts and community by providing accessible cultural programming within the city of Pittsburgh. KAA has hosted a number of elder jazz statesmen, including Hugh Masakela, Billy Harper, and Geri Allen, and next-generation voices such as James Carter, Antonio Hart, and Charenée Wade. Mensah Wali, a member of Kente's ...

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12 Points Festival 2019

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Bimhuis 12 Points Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands September 25-28, 2019 Jazz, as a diverse and heterogeneous field by nature, is represented at each 12 Points edition by young musicians and groups (age 35) with a strong artistic profile and solid and attractive performance capabilities. The festival represents in a nutshell what the next generation is willing and able to contribute. The emphasis is not so much on assumed audience compatibility/acceptability but rather on originality, artistic challenge, ...

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Charlie Parr At Higher Ground

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Charlie Parr Higher Ground Showcase Lounge South Burlington, VT October 3, 2019 Assuming the stage alone and without any introduction, beginning almost surreptitiously with “CC Rider," Charlie Parr quieted the noisy crowd in this venue's smaller room within roughly sixty seconds. He faced similar challenges throughout his roughly ninety-minutes in a Showcase Lounge filled with Thursday night early weekend rabble, but the Minnesota bluesman acquitted himself in high style before the evening was through. ...

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4 Wheel Drive at Hong Kong Arts Centre

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4 Wheel Drive Quartet Hong Kong Arts Centre Jazz World Live Series Hong Kong September 3, 2019 When exactly did jazz artists covering pop music shift from being a cheap and/or twee—but near-universally frowned-upon—novelty, to an almost obligatory rite of passage? Some will point to the pioneering piano deconstructions of Radiohead, The Beatles, et al by Brad Mehldau, others the more recent hip-hop collabs and Robert Glasper Experiments—more may reach further back ...

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Chris Brubeck at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

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Chris Brubeck Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Jazz at the Bechtler Charlotte, NC October 4, 2019 The “Jazz at the Bechtler" series celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, and next year is composer/pianist Dave Brubeck's centenary. So it is appropriate that Dave's son Chris was the special guest for a pair of concerts with the Ziad Jazz Quartet. Chris spent several years playing with his dad's group, and has established himself as a composer/trombonist/bassist/pianist ...

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2019

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Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey County Fairgrounds Monterey, CA September 27-19, 2019 It sometimes happens at the historic Monterey Jazz festival that the “main" and most memorable takeaways of a program occur away from the main arena stage. And so it went at the 62nd annual festival in September—at least to these ears, belonging to a Monterey festival veteran. While the arena roster banked on the high profile and varying artistic merits of Diana ...

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Edward Burra, Aaron Douglas: Into The Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art

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Edward Burra, Aaron Douglas, Colette Omogbai, Uche Okeke, et al. Barbican Art Gallery Into The Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art London October 3, 2019 This evocative exhibition explores from a global perspective the role of cabarets, cafes and clubs in 1880s through late 1960s visual art, in venues which were simultaneously entertainment spaces dedicated to feeding Mammon and salons dedicated to nourishing the creative muse. The artworks ...


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