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Donny McCaslin Group / Ensemble LPR: Symphonic Bowie at Central Park SummerStage

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Donny McCaslin Group / Ensemble LPR
Central Park SummerStage
Symphonic Bowie
New York, NY
June 9, 2018

New York City can't stop saying goodbye to David Bowie. And with good reason. The rock legend lived in Manhattan for more than 20 years and often spoke fondly of his adopted city. On ...

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Henry Threadgill at Tilton Gallery

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Henry Threadgill
Tilton Gallery
Plain as plain, in plain sight
New York, NY
November 17, 2017

Henry Threadgill is writing a memoir. Or has written it. Or is asking people to write it for him. It may be an audiobook. It might not be about the events of his ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Kind of Purple: Jazz Musicians On Prince

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"Do you know who Prince kinda reminds me of, particularly as a pianist? Duke! Yeah, he's the Duke Ellington of the eighties to my way of thinking."--Miles Davis

The tops of the pop charts isn't where we often expect to find genius. Brilliant performers sometimes, expert attention grabbers maybe more often, but it's not ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Kurt Gottschalk's Top 12 for 2014

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A dozen of my top picks and in no particular order.

<br /><br />Dave Burrell & Steve Swell
Turning Point
No Business

Neneh Cherry & FourTet
Blank Project
Smalltown Supersound

Gato Libre
Dudu
Libra

JazzWerkstatt Wien ...

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Henry Threadgill: Very Very Threadgill 2014

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Henry Threadgill
Harlem Stage Gate House
Very Very Threadgill
New York, NY
September 27-28, 2014

Henry Threadgill isn't one to repeat himself. In nearly 40 years of recording, he's only repeated a few compositions. So why would a retrospective of his work by a mere recapitulation? Very Very Threadgill--held ...

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Nation Time Concert at the Guggenheim Museum

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Richard Hell, Arto Lindsay, The Thing
Guggenheim Museum
Nation Time
New York, NY
November 20, 2013

Over the course of three forms of media and four decades, Amiri Baraka stretched his way into New York's Guggenheim Museum. A poem he penned more than 40 years ago found its path into ...

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Tri-Centric Orchestra Commissioning Series at Roulette

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The Tri-Centric Orchestra
Roulette
Tri-Centric Orchestra Commissioning Series
Brooklyn, NY
Sept. 24-25, 2013

Addressing the audience at Roulette on Sept. 24, halfway through the first of two nights of the Tri-Centric Presenting Series, trumpeter and foundation executive director Taylor Ho Bynum acknowledged the influence of Artistic Director and spiritual godfather ...

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The Necks: Philadelphia, PA, September 22, 2012

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The Necks
Performing to Food Court
Live Arts Festival + Philly Fringe
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Philadelphia, PA

September 22, 2012

The prospect of Australian trio the Necks providing a live soundtrack for a theatrical production would seem to be either a perfect idea or an absolutely flummoxing mistake. The longstanding ...

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Victoriaville 2012

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Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Canada
May 17-20, 2012
There are many ways to weigh a music festival, but one method that sets a fairly reasonable standard for excellence is whether or not there was at least one point that elicited feelings of good fortune. Not just if it was enjoyable or if highly respected ...

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Dave Burrell: Philadelphia, PA, January 18, 21 and 30, 2012

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Dave Burrell
The Rosenbach Museum & Library and Philadelphia Arts Alliance
Philadelphia, PA
January 18, 21 and 30, 2012

Dave Burrell is something of a renaissance jazzman. He recorded with drummer Sunny Murray and saxophonist Archie Shepp during the halcyon free jazz days of Paris in the late 1960s, and over the ...