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Newport Jazz Festival 2019

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Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI
August 2-4, 2019

The 65th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival continued an established tradition of delivering an exceptional level of high quality musicianship. Over the three fully packed days (and one special evening at the International Tennis Hall of Fame) from August 2nd ...

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Umbria Jazz 2019 - Seconda parte

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Umbria Jazz 2019
Perugia, varie sedi
12-21.7.2019

Dopo aver affrontato nella prima parte della recensione un sintetico resoconto dei concerti svoltisi all'Arena Santa Giuliana e alla Sala Podiani della Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, prendiamo ora in considerazione alcuni degli appuntamenti tenutisi al Teatro Morlacchi, tutti di sicura valenza jazzistica; a cominciare dalla prova ...

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Nice Jazz Festival 2019

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Nice Jazz Festival
Théâtre de Verdure
Nice, France
July 16-20, 2019

Sebastien Vidal, the artistic director of the Nice Jazz Festival, expressed his goals for 2019 as diversity and inclusivity. The Festival takes place in the center of the city, near a tram line station. They welcomed forty ...

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Marquis Hill Blacktet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Marquis Hill, one of the most promising American jazz players, combines jazz with contemporary beats. Former band member of Marcus Miller. “A dauntingly skilled trumpeter." —New York Times

Trumpeter Marquis Hill leaves a great impression with the way he connects jazz to spoken word, hip-hop and contemporary beats and breaks. In his Blacktet he plays ...

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Stu Mindeman: Woven Threads

Read "Woven Threads" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

"Wowen Threads" è una metafora per intrecciare cose diverse in un'unica dimensione. Lo considero un lavoro molto intimo in quanto lega le mie esperienze di musicista jazz nord americano con quanto ho appreso lavorando in Sud America, specialmente in Cile."
Con queste parole Stu Mindeman presenta quest'album registrato sia in Cile con musicisti locali ...

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Nat@100, Withers ‘Just Because’, Newk & More

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We get a jump on the Nat 'King' Cole centennial [coming in March] with his classic trio, along with two piano players influenced by Mr. Cole. Our Sonny Rollins celebration continues with a Miles date with Bird on tenor too. Upfront, there's 21st century sounds, as well as jazzed-up Bill Withers tunes... just because, well, it's ...

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Darrell Grant Black Art @ 25 Quartet at Birdland Theater

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Darrell Grant Black Art @ 25 Quartet
Birdland Theater
New York
January 16, 2019

In the tumultuous, twenty-five year interim since his debut, Black Art took the early to mid-'90s jazz community by storm. Pianist Darrell Grant has built for himself a solid, respected, and steady, if low-profile rep; an unapologetic, ...

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Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

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Detroit Jazz Festival
Downtown Detroit
Detroit, Michigan
August 31-September 3, 2018

Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and ...

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Geof Bradfield: Yes, and...Music for Nine Improvisers

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The Compass Players was a legendary theatrical ensemble in Chicago whose members developed several improvisational games to stimulate their creative instincts. One of these was called “Yes, and..." where one person would start telling a story and everyone who followed would have to continue the story however they wished from the point the previous speaker ended. ...

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Geof Bradfield: Yes, and...Music for Nine Improvisers

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Since the early 2000s, saxophonist and composer Geof Bradfield has been an integral part of the ever-fertile Chicago jazz scene, bringing his substantial talents to music that easily bridges the divide between the traditional and the avant-garde. His records have explored a remarkable range of styles and themes: from African Flowers (Origin Records, 2010), which traced ...