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2018 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit

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2018 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit featuring Tony Monaco, Gerard Gibbs, and Dr. Lonnie Smith
Hope College
Holland, Michigan
March 9-11, 2018

Back in the fall of 2016, a small liberal arts college on the banks of Lake Michigan decided to serve as the epicenter of activity aimed at gaining more ...

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2016 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit

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Jazz Organ Summit
Hope College
Holland, Michigan
September 9-10, 2016

Located in Western Michigan along the banks of Lakes Michigan and Macatawa, the small college town of Holland is not the type of place you might imagine for a gathering of musicians, students and jazz organ aficionados. Nonetheless, this quaint spot ...

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James Carter At Chris' Jazz Cafe On November 8 & 9, 2013

James Carter At Chris' Jazz Cafe On November 8 & 9, 2013

Chris' Jazz Cafe presents saxophonist James Carter, on November 8 & 9, 2013. Showtime are 8:00 and 10:00 p.m., tickets are $30/$25. James Carter is a powerhouse musician and one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, garnering plaudits for his role in helping to propel jazz full tilt into the future over the past twenty- five years. His music is ...

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Newport Jazz Festival: Newport, RI, August 4-5, 2012

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Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI

August 4-5, 2012

Having a celebration for the 70th birthday of an amazing musician--drummer Jack DeJohnette--was an outstanding feature of this year's Newport Jazz Festival. The drummer was featured in two sets in a single day (Saturday), first with a band he has been ...

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Montreal Jazz Festival: Montreal, Canada, June 28-July 7, 2012

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
June 28-July 7, 2012
From the time of the airplane's descent to the airport in Montréal, I knew something was different and perhaps special about this place. Instead of a square or rectangular grid style of suburban housing plots, from my window I saw circular formations of housing, ...

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Newport Jazz Festival: Newport, RI, August 4, 2012

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Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI
August 4, 2012

“Yeah that's what I'm talking about, Newport!" the bright-smiled Cuban conga player said with enthusiasm, as the crowd he encouraged to dance clapped a beat to his liking. Amid the vortex of sound that is the Newport Jazz Festival--three stages hosting ...

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James Carter Organ Trio: At The Crossroads

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James Carter Organ Trio

At the Crossroads

Emarcy Records
2011

Jazz has many faces. Some are searching and expansive, like those of alto saxophonists Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane, seeking the outer edges of the music. Some are reverent and deferential, like the Modern Jazz Quartet and trumpeter Wynton ...

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James Carter Organ Trio: At The Crossroads

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A ubiquitous presence in the mid-1990s, saxophonist James Carter faded from the limelight when Atlantic Records disbanded its jazz department in 2000. Undeterred, Carter forged ahead, eventually signing with EmArcy Records in 2008, turning misfortune into opportunity. In addition to releasing Carter's engaging Present Tense the same year, the label also issued his long-awaited premiere of ...

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James Carter Organ Trio: At The Crossroads

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No one brings more swagger and flavor with their playing than multi-reedman James Carter. A zealous nod to the blues, gospel, and jazz, he looks back to the music's rich history and presses onward in At the Crossroads with his organ trio including organist Gerard Gibbs and drummer Leonard King Jr., who have performed together for ...

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George Wein's CareFusion Jazz Festival 55 a Triumph

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There seemed to be a distinct feeling in the air at this year's jazz festival in Newport, R.I. It would be easy to imagine that there was something in the air, because the festival that was started by impresario George Wein way back in 1954 and became the model for all to follow had suffered an ...