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Branford Marsalis and Jean-Willy Kunz at the Kimmel Center

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Branford Marsalis, Saxophone, and Jean-Willy Kunz, Organ: From Classical to Jazz Kimmel Center for Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA February 16, 2018 This concert of mostly classical works for saxophone and large scale pipe organ turned out to be somewhat of a surprise to the audience of jazz fans, who packed in to hear their hero, Branford Marsalis. The concert emcee, Michael Barone (a radio producer who also hosts a program called ...

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Trish Clowes at Mermaid Arts Centre

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Trish Clowes Mermaid Arts Centre Bray, Ireland February 9, 2018 Almost five years had passed since saxophonist/composer Trish Clowes' only previous gig in Ireland, at the Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival 2013. Since then, Clowes has released a couple of well-received albums and was selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist--a prestigious residency programme that recognizes talent deserving greater exposure. Clowes has also founded Emulsion, a collective-cum-annual festival dedicated to improvised ...

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Hitch On 2017

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Hitch On Various locations Kraków, Poland December 3-6, 2017 The four-day Hitch On Festival in Kraków is divided into two sections: separate runs for competition and showcase performances, both under the banner of the Jazz Juniors International Exchange. This doesn't entail a ridiculously stripling orientation, as most of the artists involved are already quite advanced in their playing abilities, and some bands are already experienced touring outfits. Indeed, the showcase sequence ...

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WDR 3 Jazzfest 2018

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Theater Gütersloh / Bunker Ulmenwall BielefeldGütersloh / Bielefeld February 1-3, 2018 WDR stands for Westdeutscher Rundfunk, which is the public radio organization of the German federal state of North Rhine Westphalia based in Cologne, the jazz capital of the federal state. WDR 3 refers to the third program-line nowadays also indicated as Kulturradio (cultural broadcasting). Essence I experienced a remarkable coherency of a surprisingly rich and vivid regional radio landscape and a sympathizing audience ...

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Chick Corea/Steve Gadd Band At Blues Alley

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Corea/Gadd Band Blues Alley Washington D.C. October 16, 2017 On an unusually warm evening in October, Chick Corea and Steve Gadd arrived in Washington D.C. for a highly anticipated residency at Blues Alley. The lineup was comprised of Luisito Quintero (percussion), Carlitos Del Puerto (acoustic and electric bass), Lionel Loueke (guitar), Steve Wilson (saxophone), Steve Gadd (drums), and Chick Corea (acoustic and electric piano). Chick Corea and Steve Gadd showed that incredible technique is best ...

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Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band at Sculler's Jazz Club

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Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band Sculler's Jazz Club Cambridge, MA November 10, 2017 I walked into the lobby of the Doubletree Hotel, home of Sculler's Jazz Club, at 9:40pm to find it packed, swarming with fans of Brian Blade eager to snap up a copy of his new album before the 10 o'clock set. In the middle of that swarm, I noticed Jeff Prystowsky, the mustachioed empresario behind the Low Anthem, ...

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Lee Konitz 90th Birthday Celebration at Regatta Bar

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Lee Konitz Regatta Bar 90th Birthday Celebration Boston, MA January 26, 2018 Not many jazz musicians active in the 1940's are still around, never mind on the road, gigging. Last Friday at the Regatta Bar one of these rare jazz birds, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, came through town, celebrating his 90th birthday. Konitz was an early experimenter with Lennie Tristano, an important member of Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool ...

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Bob DeVos Quartet At Trumpets Jazz Club

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Bob DeVos Quartet Trumpets Jazz Club Montclair, NJ January 26, 2018 We live in a time when some of the septuagenarian jazz survivors, with roots in the music's venerated years, are taking a well-deserved victory lap. They've earned the right to expect audiences to pay to hear them replicate--at least to some extent--the sounds of their glory days with high profile bands, years in which jazz drew a much larger and younger ...

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Mary Ellen Desmond with the Victor North Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Mary Ellen Desmond with the Victor North Quintet Chris' Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA February 3, 2018 It was the Saturday night before the Superbowl kickoff, and the crowds were out and about in Philadelphia with a “Go Eagles" attitude. A full house crowded into Chris' Jazz Café to hear their vocalist pride, Mary Ellen Desmond with the solid backing of tenor saxophonist Victor North's Quintet including the venerable John Swana on trumpet and valve trombone, ...