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Brussels Jazz Festival 2019

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Brussels Jazz Festival Flagey Brussels, Belgium January 10-19, 2019 The Brussels Jazz Festival is a relative newcomer, but this ambitious 10-dayer managed to sell out around two thirds of its gigs, and was overall the most successful in attendance for this fifth edition. Concerts are held in the two main studios of Flagey, a 1930s Art Deco radio broadcasting complex in the Ixelles area, just south of the city centre. It was ...

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Gourmet At April Jazz Club

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Gourmet April Jazz Club Espoo, Finland February 8, 2019 You can't judge a book--or a CD--by its cover, but the contents frequently become inexorably associated with the packaging. Visiting the April Jazz Club in early February to see a band called “Gourmet" might suggest tasty fare in leafy spring surroundings. The experience was more of an arctic sonic potpourri, but still very tasty. A potpourri is often a rough mixture thrown together with ...

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Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science at Cologne Philharmonic

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Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science Cologne Philharmonic Cologne, Germany January 26, 2019 When outspoken American artists perform before European crowds, it is always interesting for US expats to observe both the message and its reception, especially in today's politically charged era. In the case of Carrington and her colleagues' passionate national themes, their ideas and presentation were clearly appreciated overall. That's not to say everyone present loved the show, there was some ...

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Quentin Baxter Quintet At The Jazz Corner

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The Quentin Baxter Quintet The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island February 8-9, 2019 Playing his drums with the wooden rims, Quentin Baxter came to The Jazz Corner with his quintet of friends from Charleston, South Carolina. Brett Belinger led them off with a bass solo, picked up by tenor saxophonist Mark Sterbank and trumpeter Charlton Singleton in an original composition delivered in unison. Pianist Demetrius Doctor's strong solos elicited encouraging sounds and smiles from Baxter. ...

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Kraków Jazz Juniors Competition 2018

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Jazz Juniors 2018 ICE Kraków Congress Centre/Piec Art Acoustic Jazz Club Kraków, Poland November 29-December 2, 2018 In 2017, the four-day Jazz Juniors competition was merged under the banner of Hitch On, with promises of a full duality for its 2018 42nd edition. Along the way, this didn't quite happen, and now this long Kraków weekender has become simply Jazz Juniors, even though that contestant definition reaches into a prospective entrant's early ...

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Vijay Iyer Balances The Cerebral And The Fervent

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Vijay Iyer Sextet Jazz Standard New York, NY January 22, 2019 Vijay Iyer's sextet astounded the audience in their highly anticipated, sold out show at the Jazz Standard. From the moment Iyer graced the stage, the audience erupted into an earth-shattering ovation that danced into his greeting and band introductions. The sextet features Mark Shim on tenor saxophone, Nick Dunston on bass, Jeremy Dutton on drums, Steve Lehman on alto saxophone, and Graham Haynes on ...

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Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival

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Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival Buenos Aires, Argentina November 14-19, 2018 Over the course of its 11-year history, the annual Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival has taken Monk's “Straight, No Chaser" creed to heart. When it comes to programming, few festivals in the world can match the Argentine event for its choice of headlining musicians who, while in most cases are not household names, are widely recognized for their distinctive artistry and improvisational skills. Consider that ...

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Michael Cox & Pete Mills at Columbus Museum of Art

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Michael Cox & Pete Mills Columbus Museum of Art Jazz Master Sessions Columbus, OH February 2, 2019 After a week of subzero temperatures, the fierce winter relented for an afternoon. Was the polar vortex's exodus precipitated by an old fashioned saxophone cutting contest? Some in attendance would say, absolutely. Enter the tenor saxophonists Michael Cox and Pete Mills and their recreation of the recording Boss Tenors: Straight Ahead from Chicago ...

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Amir ElSaffar at Muziekgebouw

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Amir ElSaffar Muziekgebouw World Première LUMINESCENCIA at Flamenco Biennale NL 2019 Amsterdam February 2, 2019 Luminescencia" is a new work by US-American composer-musician Amir ElSaffar, co-produced by Dutch Flamenco Biënnale and French Fondation Royaument. It had its world-première in Amsterdam at this year's Flamenco Biennale, a country-wide festival in The Netherlands founded by Ernestina van de Noort in 2006. The line-up of the performing ensemble already indicated the extraordinary character of ...

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Live From Cologne: Bastian Stein, Eivind Aarset & Danish Vibes

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The Bastian Stein Trio The Loft November 5, 2018 The Loft is indeed right at the top of its reasonably tall building, having many stairs to climb, but with jazz salvation found, once this effort is made. Improvisation and moderne composed music are also presented, plus there's a recording studio attached, facilitating radio broadcasts and live album releases. A makeshift bar is separated from the performance space, serving slim glasses of the local Kölsch ...

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Ben Williams at Hamilton Live

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Ben Williams Hamilton Live Ben Williams Birthday BashWashington D.C. December 27, 2018 Hamilton Live is a trendy performance venue located below The Hamilton restaurant in Washington, DC, mere blocks from the White House. It was the holiday season between Christmas and the New Year, an appropriately festive time for a birthday party. The man of the hour, bassist Ben Williams, was throwing his annual birthday bash and it was so intimate ...

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Peter And Will Anderson Trio At The Jazz Corner

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Peter and Will Anderson Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC January 25-26, 2019 Peter and Will Anderson have been playing The Jazz Corner for the last six years and for these two nights they were joined by guitarist Felix Lemerle. Over that time, they have become more secure in their playing. In their early performances, they pushed out an impossible torrent of notes, barely taking time to breathe. Now, they give almost ...