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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

A to JazZ Festival 2019

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A to JazZ Festival 2019
South Park II
Sofia, Bulgaria
July 5-7, 2019

Jazz on a summer's day. There's nothing quite like it. To see Sofia's South Park II packed with somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand people for three days of jazz, where a veritable sea of good vibes ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

John Beasley: Master of All Trades

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In today's busy world, sometimes you just can't do it all. Apparently, John Beasley never received that memo. The pianist, composer, arranger, producer, music director, and film and TV composer is in high demand, and has an enormity of projects that would seem to belie the twenty-four hour day reality. It is perhaps the variance in ...

Accent

Accent: 6 Guys, 5 Countries, 1 Vocal Supergroup A "Stealth" Jazz Group, Accent Turns A Cappella Fans On to Jazz Harmony "Accent is the most amazing young vocal group on the planet! Great arrangers and singers, they come up with the most gorgeous harmonies, impeccable swing, grooves, feeling and pitch." - Jorge Calandrelli, Grammy Award-winning composer and arranger In the increasingly popular world of a cappella singing groups, Accent has carved out its own niche. Inspired by the wizardly jazz harmonies of TAKE 6 and, before them, The Hi-Lo's, the six men of Accent, all of them accomplished arrangers and instrumentalists in their own right, decided to take their love of close-harmony jazz singing - the denser and more intricate the better - as far as it could go. Accent is six singer/arrangers, all of whom have considerable musical careers in their home countries: Jean-Baptiste ("JB") Craipeau (France) - tenor 1; Simon Åkesson (Sweden) - tenor 2; Danny Fong (Canada) - tenor 3; Andrew Kesler (Canada) - tenor 4; James Rose (United Kingdom) - baritone; and Evan Sanders (USA) - bass

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2017: The Year in Jazz

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A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Munir Hossn: Nuove suggestioni tra Africa e Brasile

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Nato nel 1981 in Brasile da padre libanese e madre brasiliana, Munir Hossn è uno dei più creativi musicisti e compositori sudamericani della sua generazione. Dotato di un talento precoce, all'età di 10 anni suonava professionalmente (principalmente batteria e chitarra) in differenti gruppi di Salvador, Bahia. Impegnato principalmente nella sintesi tra elementi tradizionali africani e brasiliani, ...

Steely Dan's Jon Herington and Jim Beard

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While keyboardist / producer Jim Beard and guitarist Jon Herington are both solo recording artists with long and varied careers that straddle jazz, rock and beyond, they may be best known these days for being longtime members of Steely Dan's current touring band. They have also been close friends for nearly 40 years. They sat down ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Riccardo Brazzale - Direttore Artistico di Vicenza Jazz

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Nel mondo del jazz italiano Riccardo Brazzale è un personaggio ben noto per le attività interconnesse che da decenni svolge con competente coerenza. Innanzi tutto dirige con chiarezza di concezione la Lydian Sound Orchestra, larga formazione attiva dal 1989 e con una decina di CD al suo attivo, che raccoglie alcuni protagonisti dell'ambito veneto. ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces Full Lineup For 16th Edition June 23 - July 1 - Nine Days, 325+ Shows, 19 Venues, 95 Free Shows, Youth Workshops & Jams

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces Full Lineup For 16th Edition  June 23 - July 1  - Nine Days, 325+ Shows, 19 Venues, 95 Free Shows, Youth Workshops & Jams

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona have announced the lineup for the festival's 16th Edition. The nine-day festival returns to Rochester June 23 thru July 1 presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 325+ shows at 19 venues. The 2017 Festival will be presented in three series: the Club ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Roma Jazz Festival 2016

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Roma Jazz Festival 2016
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Roma
8-23.11.2016

Edizione importante per il festival jazz romano che festeggia i 40 anni nella sede ormai stabile dell'Auditorium Parco della Musica, dove si sono svolte le ultime 12 edizioni. Il programma della rassegna è stato molto vario, con proposte per tutti i ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Francesco Forges, non chiamatelo "vocal coach"

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Flautista, cantante, compositore, docente, Francesco Forges è un musicista fuori dagli schemi. Da più di vent'anni è coinvolto nella creazione e direzione di gruppi e progetti in cui la voce è protagonista. Ogni formazione è per lui un'occasione per sperimentare le suggestioni più diverse, dal jazz alla lirica, alla poesia, al teatro, alla coralità contemporanea, alla ...