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Jazzin' Around Europe

JAZZIN' AROUND EUROPE

Bergamo Jazz 2016

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For the first time under the artistic direction of trumpeter Dave Douglas, the 38th edition of the Bergamo Jazz Festival--one of Europe's longest running jazz events--invaded the ancient and noble city in the North of Italy with a joyous celebration of the music's diversity. The beautifully restored Teatro Sociale in the Città Alta--Bergamo's ancient city center is atop a steep hill--saw for the opening night the concert of pianist Franco D'Andrea's Traditions Today band, with Daniele D'Agaro on ...

JAZZIN' AROUND EUROPE

Kit Downes and Tom Challenger: Organ Crawling

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Pianist-organist Kit Downes is one of the brightest and most articulate talents to emerge from the British and European scenes in recent times. His refusal to be pinned down to any specific career path or musical trajectory is to his credit but even more so is his ability to produce authentic music without compromise across style, genre or approach. Downes has that quality to his work that says, “Never mind the situation, this is me. This is my music."

JAZZIN' AROUND EUROPE

Ensemble Denada in Pisa

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Ensemble Denada Pisa, S. Andrea Theatre December 10, 2015 I encountered the music of Helge Sunde several years ago, with his wonderful “Denada" Cd on ACT. I was impressed by the quality of the writing and by the seamless fusion of composition and improvisation, so I was especially happy to have the chance to hear the Ensemble a few meters from home, in the wonderful location of the S. Andrea Theatre--an 12th ...

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North Sea Jazz Festival 2015: The Roller Coaster Has Taken Off

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Jan Willem Luyken, Director of the North Sea Jazz Festival, has a lot to celebrate this year. It is not only the 40th anniversary of the popular festival, it's also the tenth anniversary of their move from jny: the Hague to jny: Rotterdam, and the year that Luyken became director. Described as “the world's largest indoor music festival," it attracts an international public of 75,000 during the music-packed weekend in mid-July at the Ahoy Rotterdam Arena complex. No ...

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Festival Jazz International Promotes Rotterdam Renaissance

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After an excellent full day program centered by national talent at Rotterdam's Festival Jazz International, two strong impressions rang very clear. The first was that considering current performers, experimentation and ongoing tradition, the Netherlands is obviously one of the per capita international leaders regarding the size and scope of a national jazz scene. Also, it was apparent that Rotterdam is consistently growing out of Amsterdam's huge shadow as a global tourist destination in its own right, ...

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The 606 Jazz Club in London

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Ronnie Scott used to joke that the food his jazz club in Soho, London served was delicious because “fifty thousand flies can't be wrong." Four miles west, at the 606 Club in Chelsea where Steve Rubie oversees a business that's one of the biggest employers of jazz musicians in the UK, with a programme that features ten bands a week, a gastronomic theme also emerges. Rubie and “the Six," as it's affectionately known, have a working history that ...

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Bimhuis at 40: Older, Better, Business as Usual

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The Bimhuis is turning 40 and is still very much in its prime. Beginning October 1, jny: Amsterdam's venerable jazz club will celebrate this milestone with a variety of concerts, activities and special events. The Bimhuis opened in 1974 after a lengthy search for a suitable venue for improvising musicians. Over the next decades it would become the most important jazz institution in the jny: Netherlands, not only as a venue but also as a crossroads for the leading performers ...

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Messina Sea Jazz Festival 2013

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Messina Sea Jazz Festival 2013Messina, ItalyJuly 17-21, 2013Messina, the city on the Sicilian side of the Straits connecting the Thyrrenian and the Ionian seas--for the geographically challenged, that bit of sea on the point of the Italian boot--is not on the list of the most famous Italian or even Sicilian touristic locations. Overshadowed, in its own province, by Taormina--and by the cultural as well as environmental riches of other cities--it serves mainly as the ...


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