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Vilnius Jazz 2019

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Vilnius Jazz 2019
Russian Drama Theatre
jny:Vilnius, Lithuania
October 16-20, 2019

Is a jazz festival primarily about entertainment, or is it meant to challenge the expectations of its audience? Does programming risk mean financial suicide? What responsibility does a festival have to promote young, emerging talent? What place do women ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Listeners' Recent Faves

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Listeners' favorites this week from shows 381 to 390! Lots of 'pop' covers tickled your fancy this time around, along with a trip to jny: New Orleans and the usual dose of grits & gravy. Enjoy the show. And, no, we haven't abandoned Blue Note 50th anniversary salutes (yet:); they will be featured next week. Thanks ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lafayette Gilchrist: Dark Matter

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It would seem almost impossible by this point for a jazz pianist to avoid common modern influences like Bud Powell, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner or even Cecil Taylor, but somehow Lafayette Gilchrist falls outside all of those parameters. On this solo concert recorded at the University of Baltimore in 2016, he shows a keyboard style built ...

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A to JazZ Festival 2019

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A to JazZ Festival 2019
South Park II
Sofia, Bulgaria
July 5-7, 2019

Jazz on a summer's day. There's nothing quite like it. To see Sofia's South Park II packed with somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand people for three days of jazz, where a veritable sea of good vibes ...

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Your Antidote to Obsessively Melancholy Music!

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Gifts & Messages is here to rescue you from depressing news and to cure what ails you! After a rollicking opening segment from Hank Crawford, Vanessa Rodrigues, Brice Winston and Leslie Odom Jr., we continue to celebrate Sonny Rollins -his first recordings with the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet. Then, it's the always sublime Stephane Grappelli, this ...

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Spring Quartet at Dalton Recital Hall

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Spring Quartet
Dalton Recital Hall, Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI
May 4, 2019

They had to add chairs. The 435-seat Dalton Recital Hall, on the campus of Western Michigan University, was filled with multiple generations of music fans from all walks of life. The alluring ticket, brought to town by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Roberto Magris: World Gardens

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Pianist Roberto Magris is originally from Italy but he has played all over the world, but to a great extent he has chosen Kansas City as his base. He has encountered a lot of different sounds in his travels and that is reflected in the wide variety of the music he creates on this set.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Don Pullen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Don Pullen

All About Jazz is celebrating Don Pullen's birthday today!

Don Pullen developed an extended technique for the piano and a strikingly individual style, post-bop and modern, but retaining a strong feeling for the blues. He produced acknowledged masterworks of jazz in a range of formats and styles, crossing and mixing genres long before this became ...

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December Birthday Salutes

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Whether they've grabbed their hats and caught the bus, or are still with us, every one of these musicians makes the world a bit brighter. Of those living that we've featured, a special Gifts & Messages greeting to Curtis Fuller, Barry Harris and Eddie Palmieri as each celebrated more than 80 years on the planet on ...

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Charles Mingus: Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden

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With previously unreleased material from Dexter Gordon, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and now, Charles Mingus, it may feel in 2018 like we are living fifty years in the past. Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden captures a short-lived quintet that--given time--could have been Mingus' best. Drummer Roy Brooks and trumpeter Joe Gardner ...