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Recollections of an Oslo experience

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Oslo has its week-long Jazz Festival taking place in mid-August at Sentralen and various locations from bar to church to opera house and university auditorium in the Norwegian capital. This already indicates something of the variety of the presented music. This year's edition has been the last one under the thirteen-year aegis of bassist and festival ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2019

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Galway Jazz Festival 2019
Various venues
Galway, Ireland
October 2-6, 2019

Bat song may be a first at a jazz festival, but then they do things differently here in Galway. Bats were in and plastic was out. No plastic laminates or cable ties, no plastic on outdoor advertising, no ...

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12 Points Festival 2019

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Bimhuis
12 Points Festival
Amsterdam, Netherlands
September 25-28, 2019

Jazz, as a diverse and heterogeneous field by nature, is represented at each 12 Points edition by young musicians and groups (age 35) with a strong artistic profile and solid and attractive performance capabilities. The festival represents in a nutshell what the ...

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All-Female Bands Are a Riot!

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As much as we favor a complete integration of the jazz sexes, this week we feature twenty-four bands or projects with not a single man in sight, actually in hearing. After all, how much jazz radio have you listened to (not on Mondo Jazz) with playlists made exclusively of all male bands? Here's a small contribution ...

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North Sea Round Town 2019

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North Sea Round Town
Dawn: A Trilogy of Sound
Rotterdam Wihelmina Pier
June 28-29, 2019

North Sea Round Town is a community-based festival in the port city of Rotterdam (largest port in Europe) situated in the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta at the North Sea. With its 365 concerts spread over ...

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Kaja Draksler / Petter Eldh / Christian Lillinger: Punkt.Vrt.Plastik

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Three outrageously talented up-and-coming players on the European scene join energies on a program of spiky attitude based around rhythmically dynamic foundations. German drummer Christian Lillinger and Swedish bassist Petter Eldh may be best known as the potent bedrock of the Amok Amor Quartet which featured trumpeter Peter Evans. Now they fulfill the same function in ...

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Eve Risser L' ensemble ensemble at Stegi Onassis Cultural Centre

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Eve Risser L' ensemble ensemble
Stegi Onassis Cultural Centre
Athens
March 8, 2019

The Onassis Cultural Foundation and the Stegi site/building in Athens are both offshoots of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, a foundation created by ship magnate Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975) to honor the memory of his son Alexander, ...

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Fish-scale Sunrise: No Queen Rises

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Dutch reedman Ab Baars goes out of his way to avoid sentiment in his playing. He plots courses that veer willfully from melodic to shrill, but always remains in control. The most striking aspect of Fish-scale Sunrise, named after a poem by Wallace Stevens, is how much this approach to improvising is reflected in his composing ...

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Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux & Hot Heros

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A pair of albums from Northern European artists demonstrate a similar approach in this episode--improvising upon the folk melodies of their countries--Poland's Irek Wojtczak and his Folk Five and Finland's Hot Heros. For Wojtczak, he's just happy to see his recording available: the radio station that was recording the live concert lost the tapes, but fortunately, ...

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Tampere Jazz Happening 2018

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Tampere Jazz Happening
Tampere, Finland
November 1-4, 2018

In Finland, as winter begins and the clocks change, the city of Tampere, a couple hours north of Helsinki, hosts its International Jazz Happening over a long weekend. The world comes to Tampere, and Finnish jazz gets to showcase its place and connections ...