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SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

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Five years after the jny: San Francisco, California organization SFJAZZ created its own building, the SFJAZZ Center, it has proved a raving, even rampaging, success, unrelenting in programming, sales, education, and music production. Its number of concerts has doubled from 248 to more than 500. Its membership has increased by almost 200% to more than 14,000. ...


Lila Downs at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn

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Lila Downs
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NY
June 29, 2017

Backed initially by an eight-piece band directed by saxophonist (and husband) Paul Cohen, singer, songwriter and activist Lila Downs began her set with an up-tempo rendition of “Mezcalito," a tune that talks about mezcal, Mexico's ...


Lila Downs at Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Lila Downs
Jazz At Lincoln Center
New York, NY
October 11, 2014

On her two-day residence at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Lila Downs showcased a solid set of old favorites alongside new material from Raiz (Sony Latin, 2014), a collaboration with singers Soledad and Niña Pastori. Backed by ...


Amanda Martinez at Joe's Pub

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Amanda Martinez
Joe's Pub at the Public Theater
New York, NY
May 2, 2014

On her debut New York appearance in celebration of her third CD Mañana (the first to get a full US release (Sola Records, 2014), Canadian singer-songwriter Amanda Martinez took to the stage with a ...


ArtistShare: A Record Label for the Digital Age

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In the information age, as technology is transforming the way we share ideas, the creative artist seems to be in a dangerous situation. Peer-to-peer file sharing and free-streaming content are direct threats to an artists' livelihood. Combining this insight with a love for music and an appreciation for artists and the value of their work, Brian ...


New Release: Nation Beat: "Growing Stone" Out September 13 on Barbes

New Release: Nation Beat: "Growing Stone" Out September 13 on Barbes

Nation Beat: Growing Stone Out September 13 on Barbes Records

“A little while ago I had a chance to hear Nation Beat and their music blew me away!"—Willie Nelson

Growing Stone: An Album From Two Americas
The American/Brazilian collective Nation Beat plays a 21st century mash-up inspired by Brazilian maracatu drumming, New Orleans second ...


Lila Downs: y La Misteriosa en Paris - Live à FIP

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Registrato l'11 maggio 2009, questo live parigino di Lila Downs, figlia del cineoperatore e docente scozzese/americano Allen Downs e della cantante mixteca Anita Sànchez e cresciuta fra Messico e California, riunisce - com'è del resto usuale per la quarantaduenne artista nativa dell'Oaxaca - brani originali da lei scritti col marito Paul Cohen (qui a sax tenore e clarinetto) e rielaborazioni ...

Brooklyn Jazz Underground: Revolution on the F Train

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Some of 2009's jazz is being made far from Manhattan Island, home to a number of the genre's biggest labels. However, the revolution is also happening on the other side of the East River, where the artist collective Brooklyn Jazz Underground is making its own breaks and its own discs. BJU just released their second brace ...