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2016 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit

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Jazz Organ Summit Hope College Holland, Michigan September 9-10, 2016 Located in Western Michigan along the banks of Lakes Michigan and Macatawa, the small college town of Holland is not the type of place you might imagine for a gathering of musicians, students and jazz organ aficionados. Nonetheless, this quaint spot would serve as host to a very unique two-day event that was the brainchild of organist Tony Monaco. Working with Hope College, a small ...

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The Billy Hart Quartet at the 21c Museum Hotel Durham

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The Billy Hart Quartet The 21c Museum Hotel Durham, NC September 26, 2016 Nearing the end of their first set at the 21c Museum Hotel in downtown jny: Durham, Billy Hart stepped out from behind his set and looked out into the crowd. When he plays the drums, Hart's face often looks strained and stressed, as if every rush across the toms and intricate series of cymbal play comes from some deep place and must ...

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2016

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Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey, CA September 16-18, 2016 In its 59th annual edition, the Monterey Jazz Festival once again delivered on its promise to bring a stylistic plethora and pageantry--with nods to more abstract or daring fare--to the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Among the marquee bragging rights: an impressive new commissioned chamber jazz piece, “The Unfolding," by Wayne Shorter; a good clean fun-making big band tribute to Quincy Jones' influential soul and jazz-bridging A&M albums, ...

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Jon Cleary at The Ardmore Music Hall

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Jon Cleary The Ardmore Music Hall September 2, 2016 Jon Cleary's albums are chock full of indisputable funk steeped in jny: New Orleans tradition, fine musicianship and stylized songwriting but the real mojo is in seeing him and his Absolute Monster Gentlemen live. His album Mo Hippa Live captures this electricity as well as any recording could hope to but in the flesh, the amperage is considerably higher. The music that flooded ...

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ZZ Top with special guests Gov't Mule at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

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ZZ Top with special guests Gov't Mule Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY September 9, 2016 ZZ Top, known as the Little Ol' Band From Texas, has for the past forty-some-odd years been bringing its own special brand of rock 'n' roll with a boogie woogie, southern, bluesy flair (as well as facial hair) to the masses since its formation in Houston, TX in 1969. The band originally featured Billy Gibbons ...

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The Cookers, Mingus Big Band and Cyrus Chestnut

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The Cookers Birdland New York, NY September 15, 2016 The Cookers are an all-star septet that takes its name from the classic Freddie Hubbard album, The Night Of The Cookers, a 1965 live effort from the master trumpeter who passed in 2008. A somewhat fluid lineup earlier in the group's seven year existence has solidified with trumpeters David Weiss and Eddie Henderson out front with Billy Harper on tenor and Donald Harrison ...

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George Benson at Denver Botanic Gardens

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George Benson Botanic Gardens Denver, CO August 31, 2016 NEWS FLASH: George Benson's gone pop! OK, maybe that one's about 40 years late. I even knew that at the time it happened, having purchased the Breezin' album (Warner Brothers, 1976) when it first came out. But, over the years, through careful picking and choosing and focusing on his older material, I've mainly been listening to his jazz side. Nevertheless, I knew that a ...

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2016 Detroit Jazz Festival

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2016 Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan September 2-4, 2016 The staging of North America's largest free jazz festival must indeed be some kind of massive undertaking. In the years since artistic director Chris Collins has taken the reins of the festival, there have been many changes, some for the better and some for the worst. There certainly has been a more concerted effort to garner donors and folks willing to pay the big ...


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