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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2019

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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
June 29-30, 2019

High-level musicianship came to the forefront at the 42nd edition of Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, and Mother Nature cooperated at the essentially outdoor event. Both of those factors resulted in one of the largest crowds in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Helen Sung: Sung with Words

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Solidamente collocata in area mainstream dagli anni del suo esordio, agli inizi del millennio, la texana Helen Sung s'è fatta apprezzare per il brillante pianismo e la guida di vivaci formazioni con eccellenti partner.
L'estetica di fondo del nuovo disco non è diversa dai lavori precedenti ma aggiunge un'interessante relazione con la poesia, ispirata ...

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Jazzkaar 2019

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Jazzkaar
Tallinn, Estonia
April 23-28, 2019

Towards the second half of Jazzkaar, there was an invasion of starry Americans, overwhelming the normally quite striking wealth of indigenous Estonian talent. As ever, the fundamental structure of this 10-dayer revolved around its two main stages in the Telliskivi Creative City, Vaba Lava ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2

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Various Venues
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
July 2-6, 2019

The festival celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with the usual dazzling array of musical offerings. And a few that were unusual: including concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of ECM Records (founder Manfred Eicher was awarded the Bruce ...

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Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with Lucinda Williams at UMS

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Charles Lloyd and The Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams
Michigan Theater
University Musical Society 25th Annual Jazz Series
Ann Arbor, Michigan
December 8, 2018

Memphis native Charles Lloyd has seen a lot in his eighty years on the planet. His own musical voyage is the stuff of legend and ...

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North Sea Jazz 2018

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North Sea Jazz
Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 13-15, 2018

Amidst the cornucopia of summertime festivals, there sits a juggernaut. That's North Sea Jazz, where a dozen performance spaces named after rivers around the world offer a sound garden of global delights. The full-tilt feast flows gloriously during the second full weekend of July ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bob Reynolds: Communication Is Key

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Bob Reynolds, a saxophonist and composer of note with nine recordings under his own name and a work load that has him playing with artists like Larry Carlton, Snarky Puppy, Josh Groban, John Mayer and others, pauses when considering the genre of jazz and how he fits in.

Reynolds doesn't have to apply his ...

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Lionel Loueke: Close Your Eyes

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Three short seasons and fifteen releases into Newvelle Records' vinyl subscription service, guitarist Lionel Loueke is the first artist to be featured a second time as a leader/co-leader. The Benin-born Loueke holds a Jazz Performance degree from Berklee and has played with many top artists including his mentor Herbie Hancock, George Garzone, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Haden ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Eric Reed at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club

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Hard Bop continues to find a home in NY's Smoke Jazz & Supper Club. For decades the room featured One for All -a group whose stalwart players Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, David Hazeltine, John Webber, Jim Rotondi, and Joe Farnsworth had critics comparing them to Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. These players often led smaller groups into ...

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Charles Lloyd & The Marvels a Empoli Jazz

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Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
Empoli Jazz 2018
Piazza Farina degli Uberti
9.7.2018

A ottant'anni suonati Charles Lloyd non ha perso né la voglia di suonare, né quella di divertirsi, e lo ha dimostrato per la data d'apertura di Empoli Jazz 2018, nel meraviglioso scenario di Piazza Farinata degli Uberti, ove ...