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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition
Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music
Luslawice/Kraków
Poland
July 25-28, 2018

“An international jazz violin competition? Really?" That is usually came as a surprise to the applicants, and eventual participants themselves, that an international jazz violin competition should exist says a lot about ...

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2017: The Year in Jazz

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A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Munir Hossn: Nuove suggestioni tra Africa e Brasile

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Nato nel 1981 in Brasile da padre libanese e madre brasiliana, Munir Hossn è uno dei più creativi musicisti e compositori sudamericani della sua generazione. Dotato di un talento precoce, all'età di 10 anni suonava professionalmente (principalmente batteria e chitarra) in differenti gruppi di Salvador, Bahia. Impegnato principalmente nella sintesi tra elementi tradizionali africani e brasiliani, ...

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Penang Island Jazz Festival 2016

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12 + 1 Penang Island Jazz Festival
Bayview Beach Resort/Various Venues
jny: Penang, Malaysia
December 1-4, 2016

A tongue-in-cheek marketing ploy, or fear of inviting disaster? The Malaysians are doubtless no more or no less suspicious than folk in most places, but the organizers of the 12th + 1 Penang Island ...

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Richard Bona: Heritage

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The roots of Afro-Cuban music can be traced to its primordial source in the West African Mandika Empire (Mali) of the 15th century. Heritage is a collaboration of Cameroonian bassist Richard Bona with the Mandekan Cubano ensemble in a musical exploration of two cultures with the common bond of Africa as a point of origin and ...

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Robert Rodriguez "Melodies And Fantasies" Available on September 23

Robert Rodriguez "Melodies And Fantasies" Available on September 23

Debut Trio Recording: Featuring Hans Glawischnig & Marcus Gilmore Born in jny: New York City and raised in jny: Miami, Grammy Nominated pianist and composer Robert Rodriguez returned to NYC in 2000. Since his arrival in NYC, Robert had the opportunity to perform, collaborate and record with many legendary Jazz musicians including Arturo Sandoval, Ray Barretto, ...

Alfredo Rodriguez: Tocororo

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Il terzo disco del pianista cubano scoperto da Charlie Haden conferma il sodalizio col produttore Quincy Jones e la permanenza nell'etichetta di Detroit. Dopo l'acclamato Sound of Space, legato alla tradizione musicale della sua isola e l'eccellente conferma in The Invasion Parade, intriso di riferimenti etnici e classici, Rodriguez amplia notevolmente la prospettiva.
Il ...

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Adam Ben Ezra Announces Release Of Debut Album "Can't Stop Running"

Adam Ben Ezra Announces Release Of Debut Album "Can't Stop Running"

Double-Bass phenomenon, multi-instrumentalist and YouTube sensation Adam Ben Ezra announces the international release of his debut Can’t Stop Running in February 2016. These 12 tracks show no musical boundaries combining elements of modern jazz, rock and world music to create a sweeping, fascinating and versatile album. For the past few years Adam has been breathing new life ...

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2015: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2015 was a curious blend of ups and downs, with glimmers of optimism offset by its losses. Venues opened to great fanfare, but others closed for a variety of reasons. UNESCO's International Jazz Day became firmly entrenched as the exclamation point on Jazz Appreciation Month activities in April. Daily arts journalism took a hit ...

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2015 Detroit Jazz Festival

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Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
September 4-7, 2015

As the world's largest free jazz festival, Detroit's annual Labor Day offering provides a rewarding, but daunting task for anyone set to hunker down in the Motor City all Labor Day weekend. This year about 60 performances were in the offing ...