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Yazz Ahmed & The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra

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Yazz Ahmed / The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra / Scott Stroman
Milton Court Concert Hall
Yazz Ahmed & The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra
London
November 27, 2019

Performances by student orchestras rarely qualify as must-see events. Audiences tend to be composed of fellow students and friends and ...

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Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary

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Art Ensemble of Chicago
Barbican Hall
Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary
London
November 23, 2019

There is nothing in the rule book which says that a band celebrating its 50th anniversary must avoid new material and instead trawl through its back catalogue. And in ...

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Jazz&Wine of Peace 2019

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Jazz & Wine of Peace Festival
Teatro Comunale di Cormòns e varie sedi nel Collio e in Slovenia
23-27.10.2017

La ventiduesima edizione del festival Jazz&Wine of Peace di Cormòns si è svolta dal 23 al 27 Ottobre, con la medesima, fortunata formula degli scorsi anni: un concerto serale al Teatro Comunale ...

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Various Artists: Sunny Side Up

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London DJ Gilles Peterson's worldwide touring produces some singular jazz and near-jazz experiences, the best of which he documents on his Brownswood Recordings label. Modern Cuban music figures prominently in the catalogue, and there have been several Japanese jazz albums, most memorably the Toshio Matsuura Group's Loveplaydance: 8 Scenes From The Floor (Brownswood, 2018). The label ...

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WOKE JAZZ: The Fast-Forward Evolution of British Jazz

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After a lifetime in the shadow of its American parent, British jazz is finally coming of age. A community of young, London-based musicians is forging a style which, while anchored in the American tradition, reflects the modern Caribbean and African cultural heritages of the majority of its vanguard players. The music also addresses the race, class ...

International Anthem: The Beat of the Past, Present and Future

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Dis is da drum. Everything starts with a beat. A heartbeat. A rhythm. A language. Communication between people. Patterns in percussion. Tribal language. Rhythms reaching out.

Since the beginning, rhythms have been an integral part of jazz. Swing is rhythm and rhythm is swing. The pace has changed. The patterns have changed. Acoustic ...

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Brilliant Corners 2019

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Brilliant Corners 2019
The Black Box/Sonic Lab
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
March 2-9, 2019

For many years the words brilliant, jazz and Belfast rarely appeared in the same sentence. That all changed in 2013 when music promoters Moving On Music launched Brilliant Corners, subtitled A Festival of Jazz in Belfast. Since then, ...

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The Comet Is Coming: Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery

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The Comet Is Coming è una delle tre formazioni (Sons of Kemet e Shabaka and the Ancestor, le altre due) attraverso le quali Shabaka Hutchings (punta di diamante e guru della effervescente scena londinese) da forma alla sua proteiforme visione musicale. Il progetto prende forma durante un'esibizione del duo Danalogue (batteria) e Betamax (sintetizzatori) ossia Soccer96, ...

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Cykada: Cykada

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Cykada has been making waves on London's genre-melting alternative-jazz scene since 2017, but has yet to acquire a profile akin to those of some of the other bands with which its musicians are involved. These include spiritual-jazz septet Maisha and the Afrobeat-infused Ezra Collective. The release of Cykada, however, is going to strap a booster rocket ...

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Brussels Jazz Festival 2019

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Brussels Jazz Festival
Flagey
Brussels, Belgium
January 10-19, 2019

The Brussels Jazz Festival is a relative newcomer, but this ambitious 10-dayer managed to sell out around two thirds of its gigs, and was overall the most successful in attendance for this fifth edition. Concerts are held in the ...