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We Jazz: Moveable Feast Fest Theory

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We Jazz Festival Helsinki, Finland December 3-10, 2017 Although Finland has long had a vibrant jazz life, both in terms of its musician population and support for music coming from America, Europe and beyond, there has been a curious lapse in terms of festival representation in the central city of Helsinki. The now 37-year-old Tampere Jazz Happening (in Tampere, Finland's second largest city) has earned bragging rights as Finland's grandest and most adventurous jazz fest, and ...

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We Jazz Festival 2017

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We Jazz Festival Helsinki, Finland December 2-9, 2017 Being a party animal at latitudes above 60 degrees takes some doing in the winter months, in Anchorage as in Archangel. Helsinki is south of both cities, just, but is host to one of Scandinavia's hottest and yet coldest modern jazz festivals in the region. Maybe it's because of the adversity of the climate, but surely equally due to the enlightened determination of the festival ...

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Anat Cohen Tentet at SFJAZZ

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Anat Cohen Tentet SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA December 3, 2017 An evening with clarinetist extraordinaire Anat Cohen is an unforgettable experience. Residents of San Francisco were fortunate to see Cohen and her Tentet at SFJAZZ on a cool Sunday evening. A native of Tel Aviv, the 38-year-old Cohen studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston before moving to New York City. A decade ago, the Jazz Journalists Association awarded her both “Up ...

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Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2017

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Mary Ellen Desmond Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany Comfort and Joy Philadelphia, PA December 10, 2017 It's always a pleasure to hear Mary Ellen Desmond sing, and for the past fourteen years, her special musical offering has been the seasonal Comfort and Joy holiday concert which she initiated and for which she serves as featured vocalist. This year was no exception. Desmond and her exceptional quartet of saxophonist Larry McKenna, pianist ...

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Jazztopad Festival 2017

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Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music Jazztopad Festival Wroclaw, Poland November 21-26, 2017 Jazztopad is the yearly Jazz Festival of Poland's Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. Wroclaw is a vibrant, hip, internationally oriented city that never sleeps, a city with character, lots of peculiar neighbourhoods, populated by many young people from all over the world. Fall season is called listopad in Polish and so Jazztopad is fall's jazz, a ...

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Vivian Reed at Feinstein's/54 Below

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Vivian Reed Feinstein's/54 Below Vivian Reed Sings Lena Horne New York, NY December 7, 2017 The moment Vivian Reed takes to the Feinstein's/54 Below stage, she welcomes the audience in a loving embrace--one of those rare artists who genuinely feels what she performs, and whose grace and rigor blend into an expressive whole with which one cannot help but fall in love. For her latest concert series, Reed commemorates the birthday centennial ...

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Mariza at Sava Centar in Belgrade

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Mariza Sava Centar Belgrade December 7, 2017 Making a dramatic entrance on the stage comes naturally to Portuguese fado diva Mariza. In the completely darkened hall of Sava Centar, she quietly stepped onto the stage to the sounds of the guitar and wowed the audience with the power of her voice. The opening tune of the night “Por Ti" was a poignant yet dramatic duet between Mariza and guitarist Pedro Jóia. The ...

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Henry Threadgill at Tilton Gallery

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Henry Threadgill Tilton Gallery Plain as plain, in plain sight New York, NY November 17, 2017 Henry Threadgill is writing a memoir. Or has written it. Or is asking people to write it for him. It may be an audiobook. It might not be about the events of his life, but it seemingly is, or will be, about the events of Nov. 17 and 18. Or maybe none of this is true.

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The Brian McCarthy Quartet At FlynnSpace

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The Brian McCarthy Quartet FlynnSpace Burlington, Vermont December 2, 2017 A performance in recognition of the release of its album Codex (Self Produced, 2017), The Brian McCarthy Quartet effectively transposed the sparse, spacious quality of the recording to this intimate venue adjacent to the Queen City's Performing Arts Center. In keeping with the stoic, scholarly demeanor of the leader, the celebratory air of this milestone event was subdued, but not so much there wasn't ...


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