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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 ...

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Levitation Orchestra: Inexpressible Infinity

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A lot of bull is talked about collective music-making, so it is good to come across a band who not only talk the talk but also walk the walk. Good, too, to come across a debut album that is as outstanding as the thirteen-piece Levitation Orchestra's Inexpressible Infinity. Vibrant, joyous and cosmopolitan, it joins Theon Cross's ...

AkBank Jazz Festival 2019

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AkBank Jazz Festival
Istanbul, Turkey
October 18-25 2019

I arrived in Istanbul during the world-wide outrage that followed the United States pull-out from Syria and the consequent military intervention by Turkey. The new humongous airport looked rather empty compared to the crowded spaces of the old one; the trip to ...

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Albert Ayler: Quartets 1964: Spirits To Ghosts Revisited

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When did you first encounter saxophonist Albert Ayler's music? Not 'hear' because hearing was just part of the experience. Call it the shock of the new or just the discovery of a totally original sound, Ayler's music was a revelation. That first encounter will probably always be one of those “where were you when you first ...

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Forma e Poesia nel Jazz 2019

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XXII Forma e Poesia nel Jazz
Exma
Cagliari
26-29.9.2019

La passione e la tenacia di Nicola Spiga hanno condotto il festival cagliaritano Forma e Poesia nel Jazz fino alla ventiduesima edizione: traguardo ragguardevole per un'iniziativa che si regge sulle forze di un piccolo nucleo di persone. Quest'anno il festival ha ...

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Gordon Grdina: Cooper's Park

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Cooper's Park's eighteen minute centerpiece crashes into energetic existence sounding like someone just remembered to push record while the ensemble was in high flight mid jam. Flailing majestically away, guitarist Gordon Grdina, alto saxophonist/bass clarinetist Oscar Noriega and pianist Russ Lossing are heard early working overtime on every level from solo to tag-team tandem, giving, taking, ...

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Italian Showcase Festival and Fringe Program, Novara

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European Jazz Conference 2019: Italian Showcase Festival and Fringe Program
Various venues
Novara, Italy
September 11-15, 2019

At a time when the ideals of unity and transnational solidarity that represented the founding values of modern-day Europe seem to be faltering under ...

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Philipp Gropper's Philm: Consequences

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According to the press release for this CD, saxophonist and bandleader Philipp Gropper's concerns in this music are the place of the individual in society and the responsibilities Western societies bear in their dealings with the rest of the world. It's not easy to discern all that from listening to the disc but what you can ...

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Trish Clowes: Ninety Degrees Gravity

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Trish Clowes' stock has risen steadily since her debut, Tangent (Basho Records, 2010), which featured jazz quartet and, on several tracks, orchestra. That record announced a promising and ambitious voice, one equally at home with jazz and classical colors. Since then the saxophonist has continued to explore the meeting of jazz, voice and strings, attracting a ...

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Take Five with Jeff Lofton

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About Jeff Lofton Jazz trumpeter and composer Jeff Lofton is a Grammy member and two time SXSW Austin Music Awards winner.

His creativity, musical integrity and talent has been well-received in both his 1950's Miles Davis tribute as well as his original material. In 2009 the City of jny: Austin proclaimed January 15th “Jeff ...