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Kiefer Sutherland at Irving Plaza

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Kiefer Sutherland Irving Plaza New York, NY June 25, 2019 Kiefer Sutherland is best known as an actor, voice actor, producer and director. He is known for his role as Jack Bauer in the FOX drama series 24. Sutherland won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Satellite Awards for his work in the iconic series. Sutherland also starred on television in the ABC/NETFLIX political drama series Designated ...

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Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY June 27, 2019 Darlene Love, born Darlene Wright, is an American singer and actress who discovered her voice while singing in her church at the age of 10 in Los Angeles, CA. Gospel gave her a foundation and her musical interests quickly spread to include rock and soul when she joined a local girl group called the Blossoms. The band worked with ...

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Steve Williamson & Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Coltrane at Milton Court

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Steve Williamson / Guildhall Jazz Orchestra / Scott Stroman Milton Court Concert Hall Celebrating Coltrane London July 10, 2019 The word “legendary" is bandied around so indiscriminately these days that it has all but lost its meaning. London saxophonist Steve Williamson is among a tiny number of living musicians who measure up to the dictionary definition. In the 1990s, Williamson--along with saxophonist Denys Baptiste, a fellow graduate of the black ...

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2019 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

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2019 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Playhouse Square Cleveland, Ohio June 27-29, 2019 The year was 1979. Mainstream styles were on the wane and the major labels had largely abandoned jazz product, with the invention of the compact disc some three years in the future. The musical landscape in terms of jazz was nothing like the global commodity it is today. There was no internet and print media and word of mouth were the main avenues for ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2

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Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada July 2-6, 2019 The festival celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with the usual dazzling array of musical offerings. And a few that were unusual: including concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of ECM Records (founder Manfred Eicher was awarded the Bruce Lundvall Award, presented annually to a non-musician who has left a mark on the world of jazz or contributed to the development of the ...

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Something Else! Festival 2019

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Something Else! St. John the Evangelist Church Hamilton, Ontario June 20-23, 2019 I must confess that I spend very little time in churches, so I would not normally be inclined to spend the first weekend of summer in one. But sometimes exceptions must be made, and such an exception could only be made for a festival of creative music. A church can be a dodgy proposition for presenting music. Ideally, the ...

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Chris Potter Circuits Trio and the Kenny Garrett Quintet at San Francisco Jazz Festival

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Chris Potter Circuits Trio and the Kenny Garrett Quintet SFJAZZ San Francisco Jazz Festival San Francisco, CA June 21, 2019 It is unusual to find a double bill featuring two accomplished and well known v players. So it was a memorable occasion when Chris Potter and Kenny Garrett played a date together with their ensembles at SFJAZZ as part of the San Francisco Jazz Festival.Potter was born in Chicago but grew ...

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New York Japanese Jazz Festival 2019

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New York Japanese Jazz Festival Smoke Jazz & Supper Club New York, NY June 25-27, 2019 The Japanese people's love for jazz, rock, blues and other forms of music with African-American roots has been well established for decades. Working bands and musicians at all levels of fame regularly make the Land of the Rising Sun a destination and are met with uniquely polite audiences whose intense devotion can border on the worshipful. In the improvisational ...

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Michael McDonald with Chaka Khan at The NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Michael McDonald with Chaka Khan The NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY June 28, 2019 Most musicians would dream about having the type of career that Michael McDonald has enjoyed. McDonald's career had been long and storied. In the early '70s he was a member of Steely Dan's touring group. As time marched on, he became one of the many adjunct members of the band, working on the classic ABC Records releases ...

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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2019

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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY June 29-30, 2019 High-level musicianship came to the forefront at the 42nd edition of Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, and Mother Nature cooperated at the essentially outdoor event. Both of those factors resulted in one of the largest crowds in the past decade or so. What those crowds saw were outstanding performances by vocalists, killer music from some of jazz music's standard ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27 -July 1, 2019 Forty years. Not a lifetime, perhaps, but a remarkably long time for any festival to not only continue to exist but, despite increasing challenges, to thrive. An even greater achievement when it's the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which has grown from its humble beginnings In 1980 into the largest festival of its kind in the world. A festival ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah at Bandcamp Record Store and Performance Space

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Bandcamp Record Store and Performance Space Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Live at Bandcamp Oakland, CA June 27, 2019 While his band played “Songs She Never Heard," a piece from his 2019 album Ancestral Recall, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah paced across the stage, shaking a steady groove on his tambourine. When he stopped to lean over pianist Lawrence Fields, Fields looked over his shoulder and smiled back at him. Then Scott ...