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Jazztopad Festival 2017

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Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music Jazztopad Festival Wroclaw, Poland November 21-26, 2017Jazztopad 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 festival ...

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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 City 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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Mindi Abair at The Empress Theatre

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Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers The Empress Theatre The EastWest Sessions CD Release Party Vallejo, CA November 10, 2017 Two time Grammy nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair, primarily known as a successful smooth/contemporary jazz musician and vocalist has moved into a new funk and rock oriented direction. Tonight's date at downtown Vallejo's Empress Theatre, featured tracks from her new CD The EastWest Sessions (Pretty Good For A Girl Records, 2017). Along her musical and personal ...

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BAN BAM: Music Talking

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BAN BAM The Complex jny:Dublin, Ireland November 25, 2017 BAN BAM is a new, one-day festival by Improvised Music Company--an initiative to address the gender imbalance in jazz/improvised music. A related All About Jazz article covered the conversations by industry professionals around the gender issue that took place in the afternoon. This second BAN BAM article turns its attention to the music side of the festival. A wickedly varied line-up of five acts attracted ...

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David Amram 87th Birthday Celebration at the Falcon

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David Amram Quartet The Falcon87th Birthday Celebration Marlboro, NY December 3, 2017 Ever a celebration of our true angel hearts and creative selves, David Amram's irrepressible spirit (he did turn 87 on November 17th) and margin-mashing musical journey (Phil Och's “When I'm Gone" as a sweet jazz standard anyone?) made this, as it does and all his concert appearances, a glowing testimonial not only to his colorful and tireless history, but to our ...

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Christian McBride and Tip City at Village Vanguard

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Christian McBride and Tip City Village Vanguard New York November 29, 2017 With a jovial toast to his band and the packed and boisterous Vanguard crowd, Christian McBride and Tip City began their first set as you'd expect they'd kick off their second, burning on all cylinders, each player locked in from the get-go and the audience raring to ride along with them. In a grand addition to his ever restless ...


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