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Ólafur Arnalds at Sava Centar

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Ólafur Arnalds Sava Centar Belgrade, Serbia November 20, 2019 Two stops before the end of his 18-month world tour, Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and his band brought amazing sounds and otherworldly visuals to Belgrade. The long and successful world tour was in support of his fantastic ambient album re:member (2018) and brought Arnalds to Serbia for the first time. His reputation as a composer and performer has been building over the years ...

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Jason Moran and the Bandwagon at Cologne Philharmonie

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Jason Moran and the Bandwagon Cologne Philharmonie Cologne, Germany November 22, 2019 As the sprawling local Christmas markets prepared for a holiday tourist onslaught, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon presented masterful skills transcending any singular celebration. The concert was part of the trio's celebratory 20-year anniversary tour and there was indeed much to cheer. Moran made a few humorously accurate observations about the musicians gaining both instinctual familiarity and unpredictable quirks that were apparent ...

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Joey DeFrancesco at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Joey DeFrancesco Trio & Quartet Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA November 30, 2019 In the 1970s, before he became a famed performer, Joey DeFrancesco was already at the prodigious age of 10 (!) playing gigs with the likes of Philly Joe Jones, Shirley Scott, and Hank Mobley at local jazz clubs in Philadelphia. Fast forward a few decades, and there comes a rare chance to hear the now international icon in a ...

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Enjoy Jazz 2019

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Alte Feuerwache and other venues Enjoy Jazz And More Mannheim, Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen, Germany October 27--November 1, 15-16, 2019 Enjoy Jazz And More this year lead me through two sections of its seven-week concert-series in October/November, with a great diversity of concerts ranging from seasoned German clarinet master Rolf Kühn to advanced electronic wizardry and the archaic magics of Greek-New Zealand-Italian configuration Rewa to Bigband Jazz, to the wide inner landscapes and floating epic interzones of ...

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Yazz Ahmed & The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra

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Yazz Ahmed / The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra / Scott Stroman Milton Court Concert Hall Yazz Ahmed & The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra London November 27, 2019 Performances by student orchestras rarely qualify as must-see events. Audiences tend to be composed of fellow students and friends and family members and the music does not always measure up to the volume of applause. But pick your gig carefully and you can strike ...

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David Lyttle & Joseph Leighton at Caravanserail

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David Lyttle & Joseph Leighton Caravanserail jny:Beirut, Lebanon November 22, 2019 It's a long way from Keady Clachan to Beirut. The last time the Irish duo of David Lyttle and Joseph Leighton came onto All About Jazz's radar it was in a stone and timber farm outhouse in the hills of Limavady. This gig, in the Lebanese capital, is part of the pair's Middle Eastern tour, which also takes in Egypt and Israel. Jamaica ...

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2019

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A truly great event that advocates for an art form like jazz will celebrate both its history and its younger incarnations. It can breathe life into the music's traditions while exposing new ways forward. The EFG London Jazz Festival, through its vast programme of concerts in venues across the city, succeeds in doing just that. This kind of intersectionality could already be found on the opening night. The founding of the iconic American label Blue Note 80 years ago is ...


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