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JazzMI 2018 - III Edizione

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JazzMI 2018--Terza Edizione
Milano
1.-13.11.2018

Terza edizione di JazzMI, festival che si impone all'attenzione della città con la forza dei grandi numeri. Oltre 200 eventi, 500 artisti, 100 location sparse per tutta la città (periferie comprese, è bene sottolinearlo), tra mostre fotografiche, dibattiti, interviste pubbliche, proiezioni cinematografiche e ovviamente concerti, tra ...

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Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 1)

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The compositions that we refer to as “jazz standards" were the pop songs of their time, before gradually developing into mainstays of the jazz repertoire. This week we focus on jazz interpretations of today's popular music, with renditions of the songs of artists ranging from Marvin Gaye to Sonic Youth, from Prince to Led Zeppelin, from ...

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(Not So) Standards

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For decades jazz standards have provided improvisers with both a vehicle and a testing ground for their creativity. In some cases they have taken more liberties than others. This week we focus on not-so-standard renditions of jazz standards, from “Take Five" to “My Favorite Things," from “Mood Indigo" to “'Round Midnight," two hours of jazz played ...

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Ambrose Akinmusire, Dairo Miyamoto and Other Great New Releases

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This week we'll go through a heap of outstanding new releases, ranging from tributes to seminal albums like Soul Station by Eli Degibri and the Far East Suite by Pierre Bertrand, to new releases by master pianists like Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau (in an unreleased duo with Charlie Haden!), Aaron Parks and Simone Graziano. Seasond avant-veterans ...

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Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Rob Garratt

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 ...

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Cuong Vu, Phil Schurger, Cluttertones and More

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Check out some great music from new releases, from the avant-garde/Middle Eastern/North African fusion of Ensemble Fanaa, to trumpeter Cuong Vu's quartet with Bill Frisell; from Chicago guitarist Phil Schurger to New Orleans drummer Billie Davies; from poet Vince Bell to pianist Ran Blake with singer Christine Correa. Plus a set from three excellent German groups ...

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Don Byron / Aruán Ortiz: Random Dances And (A)Tonalities

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Two highly accomplished artists--one long-established, the other solidifying his legacy--are brought together on Random Dances And (A)Tonalities. This duo outing features clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron and pianist Aruán Ortiz. The two gifted composers have been playing together, at Ortiz's initial request, since 2014 but in larger ensembles. In late 2017 Byron and Ortiz met in ...

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A Jazz Lover's guide to Popular Music

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This week we explore the cross pollination between jazz and popular music genres, like pop, rock, soul, funk and ska.

Archie Shepp playing with Whitney Houston? The jazz beginnings of Björk, Serge Gainsbourg, Sacha Distel? Ornette Coleman's and Sonny Rollins' adventures in rock-land? Lester Bowie playing ska? How Miles Davis' “So What" inspired Pee ...

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Andrew Cyrille: Lebroba

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Il nuovo lavoro del batterista Andrew Cyrille per ECM, che segue di due anni The Declaration of Musical Independence, il suo debutto da leader per la label tedesca, lo vede nuovamente affiancato al chitarrista Bill Frisell, ma in un contesto strumentale abbastanza diverso. Non più un quartetto con contrabbasso e tastiere, ma un trio completato dalla ...

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Walter Smith III / Matthew Stevens / Joel Ross / Harish Raghavan / Marcus Gilmore: In Common

Read "In Common" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Eschewing the traditional desire for their compositions to be individually attributed, this group of five virtuosos has instead determined to retain a collective responsibility for their music. This is a brave philosophy but it works remarkably well. In this spirit, “freefive" is a tentative improvised duet between Walter Smith III on tenor saxophone and Matthew Stevens ...