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Cheik Tidiane Seck: Timbuktu: The Music of Randy Weston

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A well-intentioned tribute to the late pianist, composer and pioneer of Maghrebi jazz Randy Weston by the keyboard player Cheikh Tidiane Seck, Timbuktu: The Music of Randy Weston never really gets off the ground. Seck, whose c.v. includes spells with Mali's Super Rail Band de Bamako, Les Ambassadeurs, Salif Keita and Amadou & Mariam, and Senegal's ...

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Bergamo Jazz Festival 2019

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Bergamo Jazz Festival Varie sedi 21-24.3.2019 Il Bergamo Jazz Festival non cessa di rinnovarsi nella continuità. È stato questo il quarto e ultimo anno della direzione artistica di Dave Douglas. Nel 2020 il testimone passerà nelle mani di Maria Pia De Vito. Scelta opportuna non solo perché la cantante napoletana introdurrà la ...

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Various Artists: Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music

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Library music--aka stock or production music--was first marketed in the 1920s, to be used by “picture palaces" showing silent movies. Its golden age came during the 1960s and 1970s, when it provided off-the-shelf incidental music for radio, television, film and advertising. Ever since Quentin Tarantino included recordings by one of that era's most prolific British library-music ...

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Like A Jazz Machine 2017

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Like A Jazz Machine Centre Culturel Regionel Opderschmelz Dudelange, Luxembourg May 25-28, 2017 Size, as Like A Jazz Machine knows, isn't everything. The audience in the Centre Culturel Regionel Opderschmelz amounts to just four seated rows downstairs, with a small standing section to the rear, and ten rows ...

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The Comet Is Coming at Black Box

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The Comet Is Coming Black Box 18th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival jny: Belfast, N.Ireland May 3, 2017 The Comet Is Coming knows how to make an entrance. Even the electronic sci-fi effects that kick-started its Black Box concert like some futuristic fanfare was loud enough to send vibrations through ...

Jazz From Around the World: Africa

Read "Jazz From Around the World: Africa" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

There is no doubt that African heritage, particularly that of west Africa is at the root of jazz. This is simply factual and is not meant to belittle the contributions of other cultures to its growth and development. In addition, as a genre, it has proven to have a wide universal appeal. For both reasons jazz ...

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Sons of Kemet at Black Box, Belfast

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Sons of Kemet Black Box jny: Belfast, N. Ireland April 7, 2016 The finer points of ancient Egyptian religion might not have been the chief topic of discussion among the Black Box crowd as it waited for Mobo Jazz Award winners Sons of Kemet to take the stage in. Yet ...

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Spirojazz's "City Of Dreams" Pays Homage To Chicago With Funk, Blues, And World Music Influences

Spirojazz's City of Dreams is not music to sleep on; after all, it reflects a city that doesn't sleep, so tough that one of its great men brushes snow days off. Here the dream is not just audacious but realized in all tracks. A strong Motown feeling is evoked by the rhythmic music, making a danceable ...

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Torino Jazz Festival 2014

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Varie sedi--25.04-1.05.2014 Benché bersagliata da intemperanze meteorologiche d'altro canto non nuove, in questa sede, la terza edizione del Torino Jazz Festival (seconda sotto la direzione artistica di Stefano Zenni) ha visto una partecipazione di pubblico che definiremmo oceanica, al punto che--per esempio--si è rivelato praticamente impossibile accedere ai concerti in giro per i ...

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Jiyoung Lee: Snobs, Addicts & Royalty

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Jiyoung Lee, pianist/keyboardist and leader of Korean jazz-funk sextet Jazz Snobs Funk Addicts probably has to pinch herself from time to time. Encouraged from a young age by her parents to pursue a life as a classical pianist, Lee instead opted for the greater expressive freedom--and the economic uncertainty-- offered by jazz. Her journey so far ...


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