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French Connections - The Jazzdor Experience

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Jazzdor is a French festival with two annual editions. The main part is held in the Strasbourg area (France) in November and the other one in Berlin (Germany) in June. Both editions present a considerable number of bilateral and multilateral collaborations; an essential part of the festival's philosophy and policy.

The Strasbourg festival is ...


The Slovenian Experience: Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2017

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Ljubljana--capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy--hosts the oldest jazz festival in Europe, which held its 58th edition this year (June, 28--July, 2). The event is organized by Cankarjev House/Cankarjev Dom, a prestigious, state-run cultural center in midtown Ljubljana, residing in one half of an impressive twin ...

WDR Jazzfest 2017

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WDR Jazzfest
Gutersloh, Germany
February 2-4, 2017

The best friend of German jazz and a considerable number of passionate followers is probably a state funded media institution.

In a relatively short time span of six years, the WDR Jazzfest has blossomed from infancy to impressive European stature. WDR, ...

Bergamo Jazz 2016

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For the first time under the artistic direction of trumpeter Dave Douglas, the 38th edition of the Bergamo Jazz Festival--one of Europe's longest running jazz events--invaded the ancient and noble city in the North of Italy with a joyous celebration of the music's diversity.

The beautifully restored Teatro Sociale in the Città Alta--Bergamo's ancient ...

Kit Downes and Tom Challenger: Organ Crawling

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Pianist-organist Kit Downes is one of the brightest and most articulate talents to emerge from the British and European scenes in recent times. His refusal to be pinned down to any specific career path or musical trajectory is to his credit but even more so is his ability to produce authentic music without compromise across style, ...


Ensemble Denada in Pisa

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Ensemble Denada
Pisa, S.
Andrea Theatre
December 10, 2015

I encountered the music of Helge Sunde several years ago, with his wonderful “Denada" Cd on ACT. I was impressed by the quality of the writing and by the seamless fusion of composition and improvisation, so I was especially ...

North Sea Jazz Festival 2015: The Roller Coaster Has Taken Off

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Jan Willem Luyken, Director of the North Sea Jazz Festival, has a lot to celebrate this year. It is not only the 40th anniversary of the popular festival, it's also the tenth anniversary of their move from jny: the Hague to jny: Rotterdam, and the year that Luyken became director. Described as “the world's largest indoor ...


Festival Jazz International Promotes Rotterdam Renaissance

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After an excellent full day program centered by national talent at Rotterdam's Festival Jazz International, two strong impressions rang very clear.

The first was that considering current performers, experimentation and ongoing tradition, the Netherlands is obviously one of the per capita international leaders regarding the size and scope of a national jazz scene.

The 606 Jazz Club in London

Read "The 606 Jazz Club in London" reviewed by Rob Adams

Ronnie Scott used to joke that the food his jazz club in Soho, London served was delicious because “fifty thousand flies can't be wrong." Four miles west, at the 606 Club in Chelsea where Steve Rubie oversees a business that's one of the biggest employers of jazz musicians in the UK, with a programme that features ...

Bimhuis at 40: Older, Better, Business as Usual

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The Bimhuis is turning 40 and is still very much in its prime. Beginning October 1, jny: Amsterdam's venerable jazz club will celebrate this milestone with a variety of concerts, activities and special events. The Bimhuis opened in 1974 after a lengthy search for a suitable venue for improvising musicians. Over the next decades it would ...