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Avishai Cohen Trio at Tonhalle Dusseldorf

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Avishai Cohen Trio Tonhalle Dusseldorf, Germany December 6, 2019 Avishai Cohen is embarking on a global birthday tour next year, including many dates with this current trio formation of long time drummer and fellow Israeli Noam David and pianist Elchin Shirinov from Azerbaijan. Considering that the group started presenting ...

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Jason Moran and the Bandwagon at Cologne Philharmonie

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Jason Moran and the Bandwagon Cologne Philharmonie Cologne, Germany November 22, 2019 As the sprawling local Christmas markets prepared for a holiday tourist onslaught, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon presented masterful skills transcending any singular celebration. The concert was part of the trio's celebratory 20-year anniversary tour and there was ...

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Enjoy Jazz 2019

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Alte Feuerwache and other venues Enjoy Jazz And More Mannheim, Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen, Germany October 27--November 1, 15-16, 2019 Enjoy Jazz And More this year lead me through two sections of its seven-week concert-series in October/November, with a great diversity of concerts ranging from seasoned German clarinet master Rolf Kühn to advanced ...

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Aki Takase: In The River's Flow

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After forty plus years of recording and touring Aki Takase could be forgiven for easing up a little, for pulling back on the reins. Instead, the Japanese pianist/composer's creative fire is burning as strongly as ever. Since turning seventy in 2018, Takase has released five albums--four in 2019 alone. This output of creative energy showcases the ...

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Daniele di Bonaventura Band'Union al Teatro dell'Opera Hannover

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Daniele di Bonaventura Staatsoper Hannover 29.09.2019 I Giorni della Musica della Bassa Sassonia (Niedersächsische Musiktage) è un'importante rassegna musicale che si svolge tutti gli anni durante il mese di Settembre in varie città della Bassa Sassonia nel Nord della Germania. Il ricco programma di concerti è generalmente appannaggio della musica ...

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Clemens Grassmann

“Grassmann uses modern and clever textures to point the music into a creative direction.” – Jazz Weekly Recipient of the 2015 Armand Zildjian Percussion Award, Berlin-born drummer Clemens Grassmann has collaborated across the U.S. and internationally, releasing multiple recordings as a leader to critical acclaim and peer recognition. His genre-defiant aesthetic stretches across generations and unites listeners of every sonic prerogative. The Berlin-born drummer, composer and educator has toured throughout the Southern United States as a member of the high-octane backbeat-driven project Swanky Tiger, whose recent EP Mechanical Nightmares received critical acclaim throughout the music blogosphere

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Jazzdor Berlin 2019

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Kulturbrauerei, Kesselhaus Jazzdor Berlin Berlin June 4-7, 2019 Jazzdor Berlin is one of the few truly, consistently and enduring European minded and spirited jazz festival events around—an initiative taken by Phillip Ochem, the artistic leader of the Strasbourg festival Jazzdor, more than a decade ago. Long breath Unlike other ...

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Moers Festival Interviews: Marshall Allen

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The Sun Ra Arkestra are spending a lot of time on the road in recent months, and since this interview was conducted a few weeks ago, their saxophonist and musical leader Marshall Allen has celebrated his 95th birthday. Your scribe met with him following an opening night gig at the Liège jazzfest in Belgium. It was ...

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Tony Allen, Jeff Mills and Jean Philippe Dary at Cologne Philharmonie

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Tony Allen, Jeff Mills and Jean Philippe Dary Cologne Philharmonie Eight Bridges Festival Cologne, Germany May 11, 2019 The Eight Bridges Festival is an eclectic mix of provocative presentations taking place throughout Cologne. Concerts, dance and drama occur on typical stages or in unique urban locations. Spectators enjoy bands, ...

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Moers Festival Interviews: Scatter The Atoms That Remain

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Scatter The Atoms That Remain are set to be quite possibly the most jazzed combo at this year's Moers Festival, in Germany, but this simply illustrates the high degree of unfaithfulness displayed by many of its attending artists towards the jazz tradition. There are a mass of Moersfest acts who possess some sort of jazz-rootedness, but ...


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