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Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues Tribute at The Cabot

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Bessie-Empress of the Blues Tribute The Cabot Beverly, MA December 4, 2018 In a wonderful coincidence of timing, The Cabot, in Beverly, Ma. celebrated and honored the great and legendary blues vocalist icon, The Empress of the Blues--Bessie Smith -at the very same time the beautiful newly renovated 1920's theater venue is turning 100 years old with this fund-raising kick-off event. Smith was performing in the 1920's, establishing a singing career with her distinctive passionate ...

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Joe Gransden's Big Band At Cafe 290

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Joe Gransden's Big Band Cafe 290Atlanta, GA December 3, 2018 At a private evening in Atlanta, Kenny Banks played a 1912 Steinway B piano and Joe Gransden played his grandfather's trumpet and a fluegelhorn he has owned since childhood. In between Christmas tunes there was an interesting and enlightening question and answer discussion. Both musicians are highly educated, they play continuously and both have played the White House. Gransden was there just the previous week. ...

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U2 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin

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U2 Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin November 13, 2018 There is a popular adage about the value of perseverance that says it doesn't matter how many time you get knocked down but what matters is how many times you will get back. That certainly applies to the malady that hit U2 during their concert in Berlin during the second concert (01.09.2018) at the start of the last leg of their world tour Experience and Innocence in the ...

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David Johansen at The Space at Westbury

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David Johansen with special guests Frankenstein 3000 The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY November 29, 2018 David Johansen made his musical bones in the early 1970s as the lead singer and songwriter in the seminal proto-punk band the New York Dolls. Johansen and guitarist Johnny Thunders wrote the majority of the band's original material. Unfortunately, the Dolls were critical darlings but not a true commercial success. During the band's short first act, ...

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Joshua Bowlus Trio at The Jazz Corner

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Joshua Bowlus Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC November 30 to December 1, 2018 As an introduction to his version of “For All We Know," Joshua Bowlus read out the lyrics while clicking his fingers loudly to lead the trio into a slow version of the 1934 tune. “For all we know/ We may never meet again/Before you go/ Make this moment sweet again/ We won't say goodnight/Until the last minute/ ...

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Arturo Sandoval At Yoshi's

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Arturo Sandoval Yoshi's Oakland Oakland CA November 17, 2018 Ten time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval and his splendid band provided a memorable Saturday evening in one of the East Bay's favorite music venues, Yoshi's jny: Oakland. The Afro Cuban jazz trumpeter's sold out second show was part of a bustling three night stand coming just in time for some pre Thanksgiving Day weekend celebrations. Fortunately, the smoggy air from the massive Camp ...

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Julian Lage Trio at Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

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Julian Lage Trio Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, Vermont December 2, 2018 It was altogether fitting that guitarist Julian Lage led his trio onto a small stage surrounded on three sides by the modified stadium seating in place at FlynnSpace this early December evening. All the better for the swarthy bandleader to graciously exhibit the ever-so-subtle nuances of his skills and those of his bandmates during this first of two performances.

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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids At Black Box

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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids Black Box jny:Belfast, N. Ireland November 25, 2018 Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids filed in from the rear of the Black Box, rattling and blowing an array of exotic instruments--none more so than the leader's didgeridoo-esque horn-pipe. Winding its way to the stage, it engaged the crowd in a call-and-response chant. A pact of sorts was thus sealed between musicians and audience from the off, ensuring that the giving, ...

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Paquito D’Rivera Quintet at the Regattabar

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Paquito D'Rivera Quintet Regattabar Cambridge, MA October 19, 2018 For over four decades, Paquito D'Rivera has been an institution in the global music scene. Flitting between jazz, latin, and classical music since he was a boy studying at the Havana Conservatory of Music, he's logged thousands of miles, more than fifty albums as leader, and fourteen GRAMMY awards (He's won in both the Latin Jazz and Classical categories. In the same year. ...

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra: 15th Anniversary Christmas Rocks! Tour at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra with the Lara Hope and the Ark-tones NYCB Theatre at Westbury 15th Anniversary Christmas Rocks! Tour Westbury, NY November 27, 2018 Now in its 15th year, Brian Setzer's annual holiday tour has become a legendary extravaganza. The rockabilly guitarslinger loves Christmas and really gets into the spirit. Setzer has brought his holiday-themed spectacular along with his big band to the New York area and Westbury, NY's NYCB Theatre every year ...