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AJAZZGO Festival in Cali, Colombia

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AJAZZGO Festival
Cali, Colombia
September 12-17, 2017

September is jazz festival month in the South American nation of Colombia. Four major cities--Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla--and Pasto, a smaller provincial municipality--stage well-oiled multi-day events stocked with international and regional jazz talent. The five festivals work collaboratively to bring major artists to the ...

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Barranquijazz Festival 2016

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Barranquijazz Festival
Barranquilla, Colombia
September 14-18, 2016

The success of the annual Barranquijazz Festival is a tribute to its founders--all of whom are still deeply involved as the event enters its 21st year--and their vision of what and how to present to a growing community of jazz enthusiasts in Barranquilla, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jose Gurria's Gurrisonic Orchestra: Three Kids Music

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Accompanied by a richly illustrated, full-color 46-page booklet (with notes by Jeff Tamarkin, the Associate Editor of JazzTimes Magazine) and packaged in a lush trifold paper sleeve, Three Kids Music by José Gurría and his 21-piece Gurrisonic Orchestra projects a sort of hugeness and importance whose portent is completely fulfilled by the quality of the music ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Colombian Festivals: Exotic Jazz Cocktails

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As the season of summer jazz festivals in the U.S. winds down to a precious few, including California's iconic, mid-September Monterey Jazz Festival, the eyes and ears of seasoned aficionados may be focused on options in other lands. Don't be surprised if an increasing number of North American fans will find much to their liking in ...

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MONK'estra at SFJAZZ Center

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MONK'estra
SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA
August 22, 2013

The music of the legendary Thelonious Monk (October 10, 1917-February 17, 1982) has rarely been heard in a big band setting. The second most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, Monk's music is nothing if not popular. While Ellington composed over a thousand songs, Monk penned only ...

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Angeles Chorale Presents Spirituals, Gospel & Jazz, including Robert Ray's Gospel Mass March 24

Like Scheherazade, the Angeles Chorale has become a storyteller extraordinaire, devoting its entire 37th season to “Stories Worth Telling." The season opened last December with the story of Christ when the Chorale presented Handel's Messiah. Now, on Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, the renowned choral ensemble will leave ...

Jose Rizo's Mongorama: Jose' Rizzo's Mongorama

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Mongorama. The name just sounds like fun--and this is a fun record, despite being crafted by musicians who take the Afro-Cuban music and legacy of Mongo Santamaria very seriously. Organized by jazz DJ Jose Rizzo, the band highlights a mix of Santamaria classics, blended with newer compositions in the same tradition.

Any album that ...

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Playboy Jazz Festival To Present Justo Almario's Afro-Colombian Ensemble And Israeli Pianist Tamir Hendelman's Trio, In Free Community Concert Sunday, May 1st, At Beverly Hills Civic Center

Playboy Jazz Festival To Present Justo Almario's Afro-Colombian Ensemble And Israeli Pianist Tamir Hendelman's Trio, In Free Community Concert Sunday, May 1st, At Beverly Hills Civic Center

Get ready for a little samba, a little sass, and a lot of jazz, when the acclaimed multi-talented master saxophonist and composer Justo Almario brings his distinctive fusion of jazz, South-American and world rhythms to Beverly Hills in a free concert on Sunday, May 1st. The show will also feature award-winning Israeli pianist Tamir Hendelman and ...

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Santiago, Dominican Republic, Becomes the Jazz Capital of the Americas for Three Days

Santiago, Dominican Republic, Becomes the Jazz Capital of the Americas for Three Days

The Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic, the Institute of Caribbean Studies (INEC) and Centro León, will host the Fourth International Conference Music, Identity and Culture in the Caribbean (MIC). The conference will be 15, 16 and April 17, 2011, in the facilities of Centro León in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The theme for this conference ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Arthur Verocai: March 15, 2009

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Arthur Verocai

March 15, 2009

Mochilla

2010

A commercial flop on original release, and forgotten but for a cult following prepared to pay top dollar for used copies, Brazilian songwriter Arthur Verocai's self-produced debut, Arthur Verocai (Continental Records, 1972), was rereleased on the Ubiquity label in 2003. By then, the disc ...