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Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

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The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

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Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017

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Bergamo Jazz Festival
Bergamo, varie sedi
19-26.03.2017

Il Bergamo Jazz Festival, che nel 2018 doppierà la boa della quarantesima edizione, per il secondo anno consecutivo è stato diretto da Dave Douglas, il quale ha imbastito un programma decisamente vario, coinvolgendo un numero sempre maggiore di sedi nella Città Alta e nella ...

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2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 29 - July 1, 2016

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 9, 2016

When they say the Montreal Jazz Festival is the biggest in the world, they're not kidding. Several city blocks full of concert venues, outdoor stages, and vendors. There are six seated concert venues on the grounds, and another six just ...

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Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014

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Enjoy Jazz Festival
Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Germany
October 2 -November 15, 2014

Here are the festival numbers: 80 shows in almost seven weeks on 25 stages, performed by 250 musicians from 35 countries. Beyond the numbers there are many names: quite a few well known, a fair amount of established artists ...

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Jazz Liège Festival 2014

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Jazz Liège Festival
Brussels, Belgium
May 8-10, 2014

The International Jazz Festival in Liège was created twenty-four years ago. The city was known for decades as the Belgian capital of jazz, with musicians such as Bobby Jaspar ( who played with Miles Davis,J.J. Johnson, Donald Byrd and many others), René ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Archie Shepp: I Hear A Sound

Read "I Hear A Sound" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Lest we forget. And certainly, how could we forget the struggles of the late-sixties and early- 1970s against racism, oppression, the Vietnam War? With the assassinations of JFK, MLK, Malcolm X, and Bobby Kennedy and the counter-culture movement scrambling the American identity, some believed the country was ripe for its own revolution.

Music was ...

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Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra: I Hear the Sound

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Recorded in France in 2012 and 2013, I Hear the Sound is a live recording of saxophonist Archie Shepp's oratorio, “Attica Blues," co-written and arranged with Cal Massey in 1971, which was first heard on an Impulse! album a year later. Most of that album, Attica Blues, is revisited, with some adjustments to the running order ...

Ode to Jef Lee Johnson: The Promise of Lovolution

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“When the music's happening, life is happening.... Why must we only join hands after the storm?... How true are you? Nothing else even matters." --Jef Lee Johnson

Jef Lee Johnson, prolific, virtuosic, humble, was in some ways not made for this world. “I'm over the world," he sang. He was certainly made for music though.

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Gent Jazz Festival: Days 1-4: July 5-8, 2012

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Gent Jazz Festival
Bijloke
Gent, Belgium
July 5-8, 2012

All parts of northern Europe had already been suffering an intense rainfall throughout the month of June. There was no abating once July was in swing. The forecast was pretty much for a daily downpour, and for once ...

Reggie Washington: Freedom

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L'ascolto di Freedom è un viaggio in quella galassia musicale dai contorni sfumati che ha come nocciolo duro il cosiddetto funky jazz, se volessimo a tutti i costi appiccicare un etichetta, ma che grazie alla personalità, alla caratura, alla fantasia dei musicisti coinvolti si apre a contaminazioni e risvolti stilistici ben più articolati. I protagonisti rispondono al nome di Reggie ...