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Vijay Iyer at Sonic Laboratory

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Vijay Iyer Sonic Laboratory, Sonic Arts Research Centre jny:Belfast, N. Ireland January 13-14, 2020 Queen's University's world-renowned Sonic Laboratory, at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) in Belfast, got the new decade off to fine start, with two evenings in the company of Vijay Iyer. The first evening was a solo piano performance; the second, a presentation-cum-Q&A session. Iyer's concert came almost a year after the solo piano gig in SARC by Craig ...

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Harry Allen With Rossano Sportiello At The Jazz Corner

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Harry Allen with Rossano Sportiello The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SCJanuary 10-11, 2019 At a certain point in a musician's career the shorthand of describing them as influenced by, or sounding like, this or that great player from the past becomes redundant--Harry Allen sounds like Harry Allen. His technique is as close to perfect as a swing tenor saxophone can get. Clear and clean, minimal and traditional, Allen plays mellow in the ...

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Manfred Eicher: ECM 50 at Centre Culturel Flagey, Brussels

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This article first appeared at italia.allaboutjazz.com. ECM 50Centre Culturel FlageyBrussels, BelgiumNovember 21-24, 2019 During the year marking the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the German record company ECM, there have been numerous music festivals in Europe and America dedicated to the official celebration of the event. One of the most important was certainly the one held at the end of November in Brussels, which saw the participation of numerous artists connected to ...

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Chuck Redd With the Kevin Bales Trio At The Jazz Corner

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Chuck Redd with the Kevin Bales Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC January 3-4, 2020 Masterful musicians make excellence look easy. It's not always immediately obvious, the quality becomes evident through its sustained presence, like a spreading smile. The band opened with “Tricotism" written by early bebop bassist Oscar Pettiford and first played by his Modern Quintet in 1954. Kevin Bales led them off with a quiet piano introduction picked up ...

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Buenos Aires International Jazz Fest survives fiscal crisis

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Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival Buenos Aires November 14-18, 2019 As the days flew by this past October, it was still impossible to pin down specifics for the upcoming annual Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival. The dates of the event, which has historically taken place in mid-November, remained elusive. The talent line-up was a mystery. Billboards promoting the festival, usually on prominent display in subway stations and on the streets of this metropolis, were ...

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Jan Akkerman And Friends at Café de Noot

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Jan Akkerman And Friends Café de Noot Hoogland, The Netherlands December 28, 2019 Is there a more exciting electric guitarist on the planet than Jan Akkerman? For most of those packing out Café de Noot the answer is no. When Akkerman is on form there are few electric six-stringers to touch him. His acoustic playing, classically informed, is no less impressive, but tonight it's all about letting rip and having fun. Akkerman doesn't play ...

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra at NYCB LIVE

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Christmas Eve and Other Stories Tour Uniondale, NY December 20, 2019 Celebrating its twentieth year on the road, Trans-Siberian Orchestra brightened the lives of a sold-out Nassau Coliseum crowd with a Christmas spectacular that warmed even the most hardened hearts. Over the years, TSO has played for well over 100 million fans. The group has toured 80 cities, becoming so successful that ...


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