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Bologna Jazz Festival 2019

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Bologna, Modena, Ferrara, Forlì
Varie sedi, 25.10-26.11.20019

Il Bologna Jazz Festival 2019 ha confermato, ampliandole, le linee guida delle due passate edizioni, proponendo per un mese intero concerti esclusivamente serali, anche in contemporanea. Per quanto riguarda l'offerta musicale non si sono riscontrate univoche scelte stilistiche, ma soprattutto si è teso ad estendere ...

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Chucho Valdes with Special Guest Chick Corea at Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Chucho Valdes with Special Guest Chick Corea
Jazz at Lincoln Center
The Rose Theater
New York, NY
November 16, 2019

Jazz at Lincoln Center, in the Rose Theater, witnessed a very special meeting which occurred on-stage between two legendary jazz pianists, Chucho Valdés and Chick Corea. Both musically prolific, ...

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Chucho Valdés With Kenny Garrett At SFJAZZ

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Chucho Valdés and Kenny Garrett
SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA
October 4, 2019

A commanding Cuban pianist, the stately Chucho Valdés is best known as the founder of legendary Cuban band Irakere. Kenny Garrett has played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and with the late Miles Davis, among others, but has gained ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Alvas Showroom: The Art of Listening

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Allan Holdsworth was a giant, a genius, a gifted guitarist who had a great gauge for sound. An upper level musician can become less than that playing in a room, club, or hall that is beneath the caliber of their artistry. Holdsworth played the intimate and superbly sound engineered Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, CA many ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Javier Colina - Chano Domínguez: Chano & Colina

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Sia Chano Domínguez che Javier Colina hanno dimostrato d'amare i confronti in duo. Ricordiamo i quelli recenti del primo con Stefano Bollani e con Paolo Fresu, più quelli passati col chitarrista Niño Josele (Chano & Josele), col pianista Federico Lechner e con la flautista Hadar Noirberg. Di Javier Colina ricordiamo i duo con i pianisti Tete ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Arturo Sandoval: Two Counties, Two Lives, One Trumpet de Oro

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Arturo Sandoval is widely considered the world's premier living trumpet player. You will get no argument from me. After a tumultuous life in Cuba, he and his family successfully sought political asylum in the United States. His story is well documented in For Love or Country (HBO, 2000). Andy Garcia portrays Sandoval in this movie that ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Omar Sosa: Building Bridges Not Walls

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Cuban-born pianist, Omar Sosa is a passionate man. Music, religion, family, his relationship to the planet—all these are inseparable to an artist whose musical world is steeped in the Afro-Cuban heritage that he draws upon so personally and individually in his work. Spinning culinary metaphors to describe the processes of music-making, he sings the praises of ...

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Dayramir Gonzalez: The Grand Concourse

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Siamo abituati al debutto di prodigiosi pianisti cubani ma Dayramir González non è solo questo. Come Fabian Almazan appartiene alla nuova generazione di strumentisti maturata negli Stati Uniti, capace di sofisticate sintesi orchestrali, coniugando le radici popolari ed etniche della terra d'origine, le forme del jazz ed evidenti riferimenti classici.
Nato e cresciuto all'Avana ...

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Hilario Durán At Telus Centre

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Hilario Durán and his Latin Jazz Big Band
Telus Centre for Performance and Learning
Toronto, Canada
February 9, 2019

A “dream concert" is how Hilario Durán characterized the show featuring his Latin Jazz Big Band and the great drummer Horacio “El Negro" Hernández. Cuban-born piano great Durán settled in Canada in the mid-nineties and ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...