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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Robert Glasper Trio at Freespace Jazz Festival

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Robert Glasper Trio with DJ Sundance
The Box, Freespace
Freespace Jazz Festival
Hong Kong
November 10, 2019

What can a visiting artist hope to offer a city in turmoil, torn apart and bleeding from months of violent unrest? Distraction, escape, respite— sure, but just maybe reflection, too. Robert Glasper couldn't ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

David Sanborn: The Curtain Rises on Sanborn Sessions

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Listed alphabetically, as opposed to first, second, and third place, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, and David Sanborn are as good as it gets when discussing the best and most influential alto saxophone players of all-time. Now before you say what about Phil Woods or Kenny Garrett or any number of others, let me qualify that this ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

4 Wheel Drive at Hong Kong Arts Centre

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4 Wheel Drive Quartet
Hong Kong Arts Centre
Jazz World Live Series
Hong Kong
September 3, 2019

When exactly did jazz artists covering pop music shift from being a cheap and/or twee—but near-universally frowned-upon—novelty, to an almost obligatory rite of passage?

Some will point to the pioneering piano ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2019

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2019
Hong Kong City Hall; Hong Kong Park
Hong Kong
September 22, 25-27

We've long been told that jazz is a world language, but regional dialects are becoming an increasingly louder part of the conversation. Sitting conceptually, if not geographically, on the nexus ...

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Blue Note's 80th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative

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Blue Note moves in mysterious ways. It seems like only a few months ago that the storied jazz label announced its Tone Poet vinyl series, because, well, it was only a few months ago, and here they are with yet another entry in the vinyl reissue game: the Blue Note 80th Anniversary Series. Like the Tone ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes

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Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
Eagle Vision
2019

Seventy-one minutes hardly seems long enough to tell the story of a record label so profoundly influential as Blue Note. Yet even a marathon film of multiple parts could not capture the essence of this phenomenon any more completely and certainly no more succinctly ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

A to JazZ Festival 2019

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A to JazZ Festival 2019
South Park II
Sofia, Bulgaria
July 5-7, 2019

Jazz on a summer's day. There's nothing quite like it. To see Sofia's South Park II packed with somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand people for three days of jazz, where a veritable sea of good vibes ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

North Sea Jazz Festival 2019

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North Sea Jazz Festival
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
July 12-14, 2019

For a while now, jazz festivals have lost their exclusivity and being a musical source for just jazz fans or those who wanted to get involved in the scene. More commercial artists from other musical genres have actually become a ...

Take Five with Statik Link

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About Statik Link

Hello, all! I'm Statik Link. I'm a jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop musician and producer originally from Toledo, OH and now live in jny: New York City. I'm a teacher, multi-instrumentalist, and music connoisseur.

Here is a little more about me from my bio.... Hailing from the Midwest, Statik ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Theo Croker: It's Just Black Music

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In a field teeming with talented young lions, the bright sound of trumpeter Theo Croker still sticks out. Grandson of the legendary jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham, the native Floridian graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is part of a new movement of emerging jazz artists who expertly incorporate hip hop, electronic and R&B elements ...