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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2018

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival
Hong Kong City Hall Theatre; Hong Kong Cultural Centre
October 7-13, 2018

“There are so many beautiful players in the world... and so few listeners," announced Jerry Bergonzi somberly from the stage, to a smatter of chuckles. That punchline might be flipped on its head ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wind, Frost & Radiation with Kari Ikonen

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This show features an interview with pianist Kari Ikonen where we discuss the strength and depth of the Finnish jazz scene as well as his recent trio's album Wind, Frost & Radiation, which is out on Ozella Music. The playlist also include lots of great new music from artists like Fred Hersch and Jessica Lauren.

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Trondheim Jazzfest 2018

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Olafshallen, Dokhuset and other venues
Trondheim Jazzfest
Trondheim, Norway
May 8-12, 2018

Trondheim, Norway's third largest city, is the country's main center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology. It holds a key place in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically.

The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Daniel Sommer: Duets

Read "Duets" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One of the most important things about being a drummer is the ability to play in different contexts. Whether it is a subdued, lyrical conversation or a frenetic exchange of energy, the drummer helps to shape the mood of the music by underlining it or adding contrapuntal color.

A duo record is perhaps ...

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Jazzahead! 2017

Read "Jazzahead! 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazzahead! Trade Fair/Festival
Bremen
April 27-29, 2017

Jazzahead!, the annual market place of/for jazz in Hanseatic city of Bremen in North-Western Germany, with a total of 40 showcases and a concluding club night with more than 110 concerts, is impossible to cover adequately in one report. In this article you'll find a ...

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Various Artists: The Magic & The Mystery Of The Piano Trio: Ballads & Lullabies

Read "The Magic & The Mystery Of The Piano Trio: Ballads & Lullabies" reviewed by John Ephland

It's rare that a collection of songs that stay the course with a theme from track to track can hold interest. Especially when the tunes are so spare in execution, essentially simple love songs, performed by a collection of trios who maintain distinct musical personalities. Such is the case with The Magic And The Mystery.

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Various Artists: The Magic & The Mystery Of The Piano Trio: Ballads & Lullabies

Read "The Magic & The Mystery Of The Piano Trio: Ballads & Lullabies" reviewed by John Ephland

It's rare that a collection of songs that stay the course with a theme from track to track can hold interest. Especially when the tunes are so spare in execution, essentially simple love songs, performed by a collection of trios who maintain distinct musical personalities. Such is the case with The Magic And The Mystery.

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Jazz Finland Festival / European Jazz Conference 2014

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Jazz Finland Festival/European Jazz Conference
Hotel Crowne Plaza/Various Venues
jny: Helsinki, Finland
September 18-21, 2014

When the steamship RMS Andania docked in the port of Helsinki in 1926 it unloaded more than just cargo. The American jazz group the Andania Yankees that disembarked stayed for two months and effectively kick-started ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Kari Ikonen: Bright and The Helsinki Suite

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Kari Ikonen Trio
Bright
Ozella Music
2013

The 40-year-old Finnish keyboardist Kari Ikonen--first heard by this reviewer in a live context in his native homeland with another, much more open and unconventional trio Slo Motive--lets his jazz chops shine, his groove glisten and his range within the music flourish with these ...

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Jazzahead 2011: April 28 - May 1, 2011

Read "Jazzahead 2011: April 28 - May 1, 2011" reviewed by John Kelman

Jazzahead
Bremen, Germany
April 28-May 1, 2010

Jazz may be a marginalized genre with shrinking CD sales and, at least in North America, a painfully low profile in popular media, but just a few days at Jazzahead in Bremen, Germany, leave a much different impression. A trade show for all ...