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Athens Aqua Jazz Festival 2018

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Athens Aqua Jazz Festival
Athens, Greece
July 9-12 2018

Jazz, like many other things, lives a precarious life in post-crisis Greece. Despite a widespread talent, as demonstrated by the numerous jazz musicians from Greece who live and record abroad and overseas, the jazz scene in Greece is fragmented and much ...

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Ljubljana International Jazz Festival 2018

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Ljubljana International Jazz Festival
Cankarjev Centre
Ljubljana, Slovenia
June 27-30, 2018

The Slovenian capital of jny: Ljubljana has rightly become in the last few years one of the most loved tourist destinations in Europe. Hugged by its namesake river, crossing it with a variety of bridges, the city ...

ARTICLE: UNSUNG HEROES

Remembering Turkish pianist and trombonist Elvan Araci

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As far as I can see only Turkish media published news about the loss of Turkish pianist and trombonist Elvan Aracı, 66, in Stockholm. From 1977 to 1999 Aracı lived in Sweden where he notably collaborated with Muvaffak `Maffy` Falay, Okay Temiz and Bernt Rosengren, notably in Maffy Falay's sextet with Rosengren, Åke Johansson on piano, ...

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Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017

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Bergamo Jazz Festival
Bergamo, Italy
March 19-26, 2017

The Bergamo Jazz Festival, one of the most long-lived and prestigious Italian festivals, celebrated in 2017 its 39th edition. Since about ten years the Town of Bergamo nominates a musician as artistic director, and the 2017 edition has been the second under ...

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Sarajevo Jazz Festival 2016

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Sarajevo Jazz Festival 2016
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
November 2-6, 2016

When your plane lands in Sarajevo, its wheels roll over the crumbling underground tunnel that was the only connection of the city to the outside world during the Serbian siege from April 5, 1992 to February 29, 1996. It ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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Anthony Braxton's Sonic Genome at Turin's Jazz Festival 2015

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Egyptian Museum
Turin Jazz Festival
Turin, Italy
May 28, 2015

Someone might ask: “Why is an African-American saxophonist from jny: Chicago performing inside the Egyptian Museum in Turin? Where is the connection between “da jazz" and Ancient Egypt?" Sorry, but it isn't a legitimate question. If you still don't make the ...

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Storia del Jazz

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Storia del jazz
Ted Gioia
592 Pagine
ISBN: # : 978-88-6639-995-7
EDT/Siena Jazz
2013

A Ted Gioia si devono alcuni dei saggi più stimolanti della storiografia jazzistica, ed in primis la “Storia del jazz." Ben curata da Francesco Martinelli, l'edizione italiana aggiunge alcune chicche di rilievo rispetto a ...

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Giovanni Mazzarino Latin Sextet: Retrato

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There's something very appealing for me in Giovanni Mazzarino's piano style, as well as his way of thinking. Hailing from Sicily-- whose greatness in history and culture is equal only to the amount of problems it finds itself up against--like his famous namesake, the scheming Cardinal, the schemes he's scheming and the dreams he's dreaming seems ...