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Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt

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The setting was Systems Two, a well-known, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn. The sessions, occurring over five days in May (7-11) 2017, were set up to record Cuban pianist/composer Elio Villafranca's sixth album, the elaborate and thoroughly rehearsed double-CD Cinque (artistShare), the music previously performed in shows at Lincoln Center in 2015.

Present at ...

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American Jazz Festiv’Halles at Sunside-Sunset

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American Jazz Festiv'Halles at Sunside-Sunset
Sunside-Sunset Jazz Club
Paris, France
July-August 2014

The 23rd annual American Jazz Festiv'Halles at Sunside-Sunset in Paris had another long and strong lineup of concerts during two summer months of 2014. Sunside opened in 1983 on the Right Bank's narrow pedestrian street, rue des Lombards, expanding ...

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35th Paradise Valley Jazz Party

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35th Paradise Valley Jazz Party
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, AZ
April 21-22, 2012

A kaleidoscopic history of jazz was delivered during three sessions of the 35th annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party, from post-bop, ballads and blues to a swinging recreation of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.

Peak moments that elicited the ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues; In Theaters Sept 7; CD+DVD Sept 13

Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues; In Theaters Sept 7; CD+DVD Sept 13

New York City's premier jazz venue got the blues last April when Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton performed together in Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center for two sold-out shows dedicated to vintage blues. The extraordinary collaboration, billed as Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues, paired these ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

A Cool World Christmas: Carla Bley, Trio West and Wynton Marsalis

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It is easy to be cynical about holiday music. On the mainstream popular music front, these releases are often nakedly commercial, marketed with a fixed (and very large) target population in mind. And a good many of such recordings are truly bad. In the run up to Christmas 2009, the marketplace is clotted with a legion ...