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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

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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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

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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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival, Days 1-3, September 25-27, 2011

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Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 | Days 7-8

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival
Hong Kong
September 25-October 2, 2011

Jazz Festivals in Hong Kong have, until recently, had a checkered history. The very first Hong Kong Jazz Festival was held in 1987 and was an import of the Japanese-sponsored Live Under ...

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Manu Dibango "Africadelic"

Manu Dibango "Africadelic"

It's hard to believe there is a musician anywhere on this earth that could mix great jazz chops with a soulful outlook and a worldly attitude and still make it so fun and funky that it doesn't matter what allegiance you address. This stuff rocks. And, amazingly, it's just as timely now as it was back then. The following tunes ...

ARTICLE: AFROBEAT DIARIES

Part 21 - Final Fela Kuti Masterpieces Reissued

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Fela Power Show: Batch 4 is the concluding, eight-disc chapter in Knitting Factory Records' 26-disc reissue program of Fela Anikulapo Kuti albums and early singles. It starts on the 1979/80 cusp of the dissolution of Afrika 70 and the formation of Egypt 80, when Kuti made the landmark Vagabonds In Power (1979), Coffin For Head Of ...