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Chris Oatts Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

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Chris Oatts Quintet Chris's Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA June 23, 2017 Philadelphia keeps churning out great musicians, and one of those who is beginning to generate considerable interest is Chris Oatts. A graduate of Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, he is the son of legendary saxophonist Dick Oatts, but make no mistake about it: Chris Oatts is a force to be reckoned with in his own right, forging his own style and ...

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William Parker, Anais Maviel, and Leonid Galaganov at New Revolution Arts Series

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William Parker, Anais Maviel, and Leonid Galaganov New Revolution Arts Series Brooklyn, New York April 8, 2017 Sometimes, the underground is also the above-ground. Such is the case on the free improvisation scene in New York City, where one is more likely to see well-known players at a house show or pop-up venue than in a club. In this spirit, Pratt Institute Professor Cisco Bradley has maintained a blog and performance series ...

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Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears For Fears with special guest Allen Stone at the Prudential Center

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Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears For Fears with special guest Allen Stone The Prudential Center Newark, NJ June 17, 2017 On a pleasant Saturday evening in mid-June, the Hall & Oates/Tears For Fears co-headlining tour made its way to NJ's Prudential Center. It was definitely pop and soul night in Newark. The evening began with a dose of Pacific Northwestern soul and R&B as Allen Stone took the stage all by ...

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Thievery Corporation at ARM Stadium - Macedonia 2017

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Thievery Corporation ARM Stadium Skopje Calling Skopje, Macedonia June 20, 2017 It's been awhile since I witnessed a show like this. The ARM's stadium which is basically an open field resounded to plenty of driving beats, deep basses and expansive and hypnotic ambient sounds as Thievery Corporation in its expanded form delivered a sharp and hyper-energetic yet relaxed set. Thievery Corporation's music is an interesting amalgam of different sorts of musics. In ...

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Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

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Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017 Pittsburgh, PA June 16-18, 2017 The complicated logistics and sizable costs associated with free jazz festivals have made them somewhat rarified these days. By its all-encompassing scope and scale, the Detroit Jazz Festival has served as a model for many decades now. But if you want something a bit earthier and intimate, there's really no equal for the atmosphere that envelops the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival. Now in its seventh year, ...

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Mike Zito at the Iridium

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Mike Zito The Iridium New York, NY June 11, 2017 Mike Zito is a blues guitarist, singer, producer, and songwriter from St. Louis, MO. He is a co- founder of the Royal Southern Brotherhood. During his time (2010-2014) with that band the other members were Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott. During the course of his career, in addition to recording and touring with the Royal Southern Brotherhood, Zito has released a ...

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Grand Union Orchestra at Wilton's Music Hall

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Grand Union Orchestra Wilton's Music Hall London June 14, 2017 Song of Contagion, Grand Union Orchestra's latest show, would be a strange subject indeed for any other ensemble. But for leader/composer Tony Haynes and his comrades, it sits perfectly within the orchestra's progressive dialogue between the musics and diverse histories of this small planet. Emerging from a conversation between Haynes and epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani, Song of Contagion is about disease. ...

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2017

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The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Burlington, Vermont June 2-11, 2017 With multiple popup shows and one on the roof of a local parking garage, in addition to the usual plethora of musical offerings up down and around Church Street at the center of the city, The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival has never seemed more like a merry go round than in 2017.And that's meant as high compliment because each passing day of the ten ...

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Jean Luc Ponty Band at the Boulder Theater

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Jean Luc Ponty Band Boulder Theater Boulder, Colorado June 13, 2017 One thing we learned Tuesday night: Enigmatic Ocean (Atlantic, 1977), Jean Luc Ponty's fourth album for Atlantic Records, is his favorite. And why not? It made it to number one on the jazz charts in 1977. Plus, it's pretty good. The Jean Luc Ponty Band brought their Atlantic Years tour through Boulder last Tuesday, recreating the music from what is most likely ...


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