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Meet Tom Wells

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Born and raised in that other “capital of jazz"--jny: Kansas City, birthplace of Charlie Parker--Super Fan Tom Wells, along with long-time jazz date, his wife, Geri St. Clair (a future Super Fan--stay tuned!), is a huge supporter of the local scene. How huge? Well, Tom and Geri once followed the University of Missouri Kansas City's Jazz ...

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50 Summers of Music: Montreux Jazz Festival

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50 Summers of Music: Montreux Jazz Festival
Arnaud Robert
398 Pages
ISBN: 978-2-84597-558-3
Montreux Jazz Festival/Editions Textuel
2016

It's neither the oldest nor the largest, but Montreux Jazz Festival is, arguably, the most famous music festival in the word. It's a notable and perhaps unlikely badge of honor for ...

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John Riley: Inspiring Innovation

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Foremost an innovator, John Riley has always been a “drummer's drummer" in the world of straight-ahead jazz. With nearly a hundred recordings, a dozen videos, and five books under his belt, Riley is a veritable font of knowledge in the bebop realm. In this article, we take a look back at some of his musical endeavors ...

Magos Herrera: Rebirth in New York

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New York City became the new jazz mecca during the 1920s, when many top jazz musicians from jny: Chicago and the rest of the U.S. migrated to the Big Apple. Jazz musicians from around the globe moved there every decade, knowing New York has some of the top jazz venues in the world, a dozen jazz ...

Return to Forever: The Mothership Returns

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Return to Forever
The Mothership Returns
Eagle Rock Entertainment
2012

When keyboardist Chick Corea announced--following a successful world tour of his reunited 1970s-era fusion juggernaut Return to Forever, which, featuring guitarist Al Di Meola, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White, included a high octane 2008 performance that was one of ...

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Esthetes d'Affiches - Tribute to the Montreux Jazz Festival posters' designers

Esthetes d'Affiches - Tribute to the Montreux Jazz Festival posters' designers

David Bowie, Phil Collins, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Milton Glaser, James Rizzi, Romero Britto, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle, Burton Morris, Zep... the greatest painters, graphic designers, photographers and contemporary artists designed the posters of the Montreux Jazz Festival. On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the Montreux Jazz Festival, these graphic creations are collected for the first time ...

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Montreux Jazz Festival: Montreux, Switzerland, July 3-5, 2011

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Montreux Jazz Festival
Montreux, Switzerland
July 3-5, 2011
The 45th Edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival included many iconic profiles, bonded in unique partnership, and rare as the sunset air. Those collaborated chords ensured Montreux remains at the pinnacle of performance packaging, as the festival continued a streak atop European “must see" musical destinations. ...

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2010: Grand Geneva Finales

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Montreux Jazz 2010
Montreux, Switzerland
July 15-16, 2010
Planet Jazz

For a city with census figures at under 25,000 citizens, Montreux throws one hell of a party. For summer music fans, its heaven.

The 44th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival wrapped up this season's two ...

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Montreux Jazz 2009 Festival Journal

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43rd Montreux Jazz Festival
Montreux, Switzerland
July 5-6, 2009
Summer months of music on the European festival circuit are indeed a multi-cultural garden of both earthly delights and otherworldly musical experiences. For performers and fans alike, these planes seem to unite for unique harmonic convergences. Among many storied festivals through ...