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Noa Fort at Cornelia Street Café

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Noa Fort Cornelia Street Café New York, NY March 19, 2018 In celebration of her debut album as leader, pianist and vocalist Noa Fort presented a concert of original songs at Cornelia Street Café. With trumpeter Josh Deutsch, bassist Dan Loomis, and drummer Ronen Itzik sharing the platform, Fort took her listeners on an intimate journey through lyrical and melodic shades of being. Because the set consisted of material both from and subsequent ...


Cologne Open 2018

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Cologne Open Stadtgarten Cologne, Gemany March 1-2, 2018 Cologne Open, the first edition of a new showcase festival offering a selection of the city's jazz musicians, spanned two nights in the renowned Stadtgarten venue. It was launched on the occasion of a meeting of the newly established Artistic Exchange Platform (AEP) of Europe Jazz Network at this venue. This report first provides some background information before reviewing the individual musical performances of ...


Jon Faddis at The Wheel

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Jon Faddis The Wheel Greenville, SC March 8, 2018 “The Wheel Sessions" have been taking place in the funky performance space called The Wheel in Greenville, South Carolina since August, 2016. Ten bucks gets you two sets of music with many of the best jazz players in Upstate South Carolina and the Asheville, North Carolina area, plus your choice of beer or wine. There is a deep bench of excellent local performers who have graced ...


Dixie Dregs at Lincoln Theatre

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The Dixie Dregs Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC March 7, 2018Back in the 1970s, many aspiring young guitarists yearned to play like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page or Jimi Hendrix, but truly inspired musicians wanted to be as good as John McLaughlin or Steve Morse of the Dixie Dregs (later just The Dregs). While the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return To Forever defined guitar driven jazz rock fusion with an emphasis on jazz, the Dregs leaned more on the rock side, ...


The Dixie Dregs at Scottish Rite Auditorium

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The Dixie Dregs Scottish Rite Auditorium Collingswood, NJ March 9, 2018 They've always remained one of the most under-the-radar of fusion bands. The Dixie Dregs' every-damn-thing-at-once musical stew could have hardly been better designed to elude widespread exposure--too much jazzy complexity for a group of rockers, too much country and folk for a jazz combo, a tinge more classical than either, all without any singing to grab the ears of radio (bar a couple exceptions ...


Bruselas Flamenco Festival 2018

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Bruselas Flamenco Festival Bozar Brussels, Belgium February 28-March 3, 2018 In its second year, the Bruselas Flamenco Festival stretches outwards geographically, and backwards in time, to highlight the roots of the form, rather than presenting what many folks would deem the mainline of this music. In fact, not so much of the festival's four-day programme could be called 'straight' flamenco, as the artists presented also embraced the sounds of Turkey, the north ...


Kyle Taylor Parker at The Green Room 42

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Kyle Taylor Parker The Green Room 42 The Soul Session New York, NY March 11, 2018 Kyle Taylor Parker made a splash when he replaced Billy Porter as Lola in the Broadway hit Kinky Boots. Since jumping into the deep end of musical theater, however, he has never forgotten the even deeper roots that gave creative purchase to his crisp, clarion voice in the first place. “I think in Broadway lyrics, but ...


Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince, 2018

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Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 20-27, 2018 For the 12th edition the Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince (PAPJAZZ for short, which will be used to refer to the festival going forward, as well as introducing a new logo) returned to its usual schedule at the end of January. This is supposed to be the dry season, but more on that later. As always the character of the festival was significantly influenced ...


Derek Bailey // Three Presences at Cafe Oto

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Simon H. Fell, Mark Wastell, Alex WardDerek Bailey // Three Presences Cafe OtoLondon March 2, 2018 Many people will have done a double-take upon seeing this evening in the Café Oto programme. Over twelve years after the much-loved guitarist Derek Bailey died on Christmas Day 2005, he seemed to be listed as appearing at the venue. On reading the small print, it became clear that the trio IST (bassist Simon H. Fell, cellist Mark ...


Live From The Jazz Corner in Hilton Head Island - Roundup

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Joe Gransden & Kenny Banks The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SCFebruary 2, 2018 Joe Gransden returned to The Jazz Corner on Hilton Head-Jazz Island February second and third, accompanied by pianist/composer Kenny Banks. Gransden is well-known on the island for his sixteen-piece big band performances, but there was a special intimacy to this performance with just a piano accompaniment. Gransden played the flumpet, a softer, mellower sound somewhere between trumpet and flugelhorn. This particular ...