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Bob James Trio with Randy Brecker at the Blue Note

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Bob James Trio with Randy Brecker Blue Note New York, NY August 16, 2017 As part of a week-long residency at the Blue Note, legendary keyboardist-composer Bob James broke sonic bread with up-and-coming bassist Michael Palazzolo and faithful drummer Billy Kilson. The result of this communion was a head-nodding dive into one of jazz's most hallowed oeuvres. As was clear throughout this performance, central to the bandleader's commercial success--not counting the many times his ...

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The Songs of Scott Walker (1967-70) at Royal Albert Hall

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Scott Walker Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms London July 25, 2017 Opportunities to hear Scott Walker's music performed in public are few and far between, the last notable events before this one having been at the Barbican theatre in November 2008. Featuring several performers, notably including Damon Albarn and Jarvis Cocker, that series of three concerts had focussed on Walker's two most recent albums at the time, Tilt (Drag City, 1995) and The Drift ...

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Bryan Ferry at the Paramount Theater

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Bryan Ferry Paramount Theater Denver, CO August 3, 2017 Bryan Ferry creates dreamscapes. Dark, ethereal, eerie, brooding, a little bit spooky, but not too scary. You're floating in dreamland; maybe you're aware that you're dreaming; maybe not. But it's a really good dream and you know you don't want to leave it; even if you can't quite make out what's happening just beyond those trees, or is that just mist? It's hard to tell. The ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2017

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Newport Jazz Festival Fort Adams State Park Newport, RI August 5, 2017 The soggy, gray blanket that was the Newport sky wrung itself out on the crowd that had gathered for the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, but the good news was it only rained on the audience for about an hour. Danilo Perez's piano oozed melancholic, broken chords, while Avishai Cohen's trumpet filled loose spaces in the music with ...

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FORQ at The World Cafe Live

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FORQ The World Café Live Philadelphia PA July 31 2017 One can be well-versed in the two (whoops, now three) albums worth of music by FORQ, (and in the music from the other bands the individual members hail from) and still not be totally prepared for the impact of the following statement: FORQ is a band best experienced live. This is understandable given that they were kind of ...

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Mat Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch at Korzo

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Mat Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch Korzo, Konceptions Music Series Brooklyn, NY August 15, 2017 As part of the Konceptions Music Series at Korzo in Brooklyn, violists Mat Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch joined forces for an evening of intimate give and take. As equal partners of their instruments, they have lifetimes' worth of scenes, moods, and themes under their bows. How appropriate, then, that their collaboration should take the name Magic Mountain, after the Thomas ...

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival 2017

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Kongsberg Jazz Festival/Kongsberg Jazzmeeting Kongsberg, Norway July 6-8, 2017 Kongsberg, a former important silver mining town, is situated in the eastern part of Norway 55 miles west of Oslo. The Kongsberg Jazz Festival, founded in 1964 has a long tradition of offering a specific program for international guests (presenters and media people) to get acquainted with/learn about developments of the Norwegian jazz scene. There was a special festival route of the meeting within the festival that ...

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Arturo Sandoval At Yoshi's Oakland

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Arturo Sandoval Yoshi's OaklandOakland, CA July 28, 2017 Celebrated ten time Grammy winner and 2015 Hispanic Heritage Award Recipient Arturo Sandoval packed Yoshi's Oakland for a galvanizing weekend of Afro Cuban jazz music. His picante hot group consisted of: pianist Kemuel Roig, drummer Johnny Friday, keyboardist Dave Siegel, bassist John Belzaguy, percussionist Tiki Pasillas and special guest Carlos Reyes on violin. His crowd pleasing second session boasted “Blues in Bb" (Sandoval),"Smile," “There Will ...

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Jazz em Agosto 2017

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Jazz em Agosto Lisbon, Portugal July 28-August 6, 2017 Where to start with my description of the Jazz em Agosto experience? The gorgeous setting of the amphitheater in the garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Fundacão Calouste Gulbenkian) in central Lisbon? The musical highlights of the fourteen concerts over ten days? The many amazingly creative and sympatico people I met? The beauty of the city of Lisbon and its people? Whatever--we'll get to all ...


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