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Alternative Guitar Summit 2021

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Alternative Guitar Summit New York, NY March 20-21, 2021 The Alternative Guitar Summit was founded in 2010 by guitarist/composer Joel Harrison. Every year it has included a Music Camp with Master Classes by notable guitarists, and a Music Festival featuring a wide array of guitar styles. In this pandemic year the decision was made to go virtual rather than skip a year. Recognizing that economic hardship could be a barrier, the festival was presented as “Pay ...

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Steve Sandberg Trio at Soapbox Gallery

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Steve Sandberg Trio Soapbox Gallery Brooklyn, NY January 30, 2021 Pianist/composer Steve Sandberg presented a concert of his World Classical Music Project from Brooklyn's Soapbox Gallery, along with bassist Michael O'Brien and drummer Rudy Royston. It's a fascinating concept: Sandberg combines his love of the classical piano repertoire with new compositions inspired by those pieces, along with influences from other cultures around the world and jazz improvisation. Sometimes the new compositions relate directly to their ...

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Tessa Souter Trio at Soapbox Gallery

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Tessa Souter Trio Soapbox Gallery Brooklyn, NY January 26, 2021 During the pandemic, live streaming on line is the closest thing we can get to a live concert or club date, Many of the streamed jazz shows are well done despite the unusual situation with masks, social distance, etc., but this one with Tessa Souter stood out in the crowd due largely to Souter's exceptional poise and finesse both personally and in ...

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Nicole Glover Trio at Smalls Jazz Club

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Nicole Glover Trio Smalls Jazz Club New York, NY January 7, 2021 After the last selection of a heady, hour-long set, tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover introduced the band, thanked the staff at Smalls Jazz Club as well as the performance's sponsor, and added, “We're going to try to let the music speak for itself." Prior to these words, no song titles or comments of any kind were spoken. The music made a strong case ...

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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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