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Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

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Detroit Jazz Festival
Downtown Detroit
Detroit, Michigan
August 31-September 3, 2018

Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and ...

Blue Beatles – Mick Kolassa / Mark Telesca And Organissimo

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The Beatles songbook has been coming into blues and jazz focus over the last decade as evidenced in the recordings The Blues White Album (Telarc, 2003) and Let It Be Jazz: Connie Evingson Sings The Beatles (Summit Records, 2003).

Two recent records pop to the surface reprising this interest.

Mick Kolassa & ...

Organissimo: B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four

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When one thinks of jazz cities responsible for contributing some of the music's most important artists, Detroit is always a name that pops up at the top of the list. A short list of icons who hail from the city would have to include Ron Carter, the Jones Brothers, James Carter, Pepper Adams, Louis Hayes, and ...

Organissimo: B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four

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Guitarist Grant Green was one of the early birds on this: turning Beatles tunes into soulful jazz workouts, with his I Want to Hold Your Hand (Blue Note, 1965), featuring Hammond organ master Larry Young on the B3, recorded a little over a year after the Fab Four's musical invasion of America. But it was mostly ...

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Brian Charette/Jim Alfredson Organ Duo at Nighttown

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Brian Charette/Jim Alfredson Organ Duo
Nighttown
Cleveland, Ohio
October 20, 2016

It's not often that you get the chance to hear two organists going head to head in a live setting. Jimmy Mc Griff and Groove Holmes did it, but few others have dared to tread in such territory. Nonetheless, if ...

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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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Prog Ensemble Theo Featuring Renowned Keyboardist Jim Alfredson Release Debut CD "The Game Of Ouroboros"

Prog Ensemble Theo Featuring Renowned Keyboardist Jim Alfredson Release Debut CD "The Game Of Ouroboros"

Lansing, MI – Jim Alfredson is best known for his work with acclaimed jazz trio organissimo and is considered among the best Hammond organists working today. His newest project is a solo album known under the name THEO that originated as a rediscovery of Alfredson's affection towards the classic era of progressive rock. Inspired by classic bands like Yes, ELP, King ...