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Umbria Jazz 2017

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Umbria Jazz
Perugia
Varie sedi
7-16.7.2017

Mantenendosi fedele alla sua consolidata formula, Umbria Jazz si è protratta per dieci giorni su vari palcoscenici, con concerti gratuiti e a pagamento, cercando di adeguare stili e proposte differenti ai diversi contesti interessati e rivolgendosi quindi a diverse fasce di pubblico. In particolare, la ...

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2016: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz hit the silver screen in many ways throughout the year, and International Jazz Day continued to thrive--complete with a major all-star concert at the White House. Pop ...

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2016

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2016
Various Venues
jny: Montreux, Switzerland
July 9-12, 2016

No matter at what point, or for how long you dipped into the Montreux Jazz Festival during the seventeen days of its 50th edition, the sense of history was palpable. Charles Lloyd was present, just as he ...

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Brazilians Spice Up Annual Montana Guitar Festival

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Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival
Flathead Lake Lodge
Bigfork, Montana
August 30-September 5, 2015

Forget for a moment the stellar roster of international guitar greats at Bigfork, Montana's annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival, their inspired performances and enthusiastic, SRO crowds. This annual weeklong mixture of master ...

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Stefano Bollani: Joy in Spite of Everything

Read "Stefano Bollani: Joy in Spite of Everything" reviewed by John Kelman

Anyone who's had the pleasure of watching pianist Stefano Bollani in concert--whether it's in duo with fellow Italian, trumpter Enrico Rava, at the 2009 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival; in the trumpeter's New York Days quintet at the ECM 40th Anniversary celebration, part of the 2010 Enjoy Jazz Festival; or in one of his own various contexts ...

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Umbria Jazz Festival 2014

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Umbria Jazz Festival 2014
Perugia, Italy
July 11-20, 2014

There are many jazz festivals held in beautiful places. There are many festivals that run for 10 or more days and consistently offer first-rate programs. There are even a few that claim a history as long as 41 years. But there is ...

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Umbria Jazz 14 - Fra spettacolo e buon jazz

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Umbria Jazz 14
Perugia, varie sedi
11-20.07.2014

Lo spettacolo

“Divertimentificio," “Industria del divertimento": orribili neologismi, coniati anni orsono poi caduti in disuso, per denotare una delle vocazioni trainanti dei centri balneari della costa romagnola. Anche Umbria Jazz, per buona parte della sua programmazione, è tesa a creare divertimento ...

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Stefano Bollani e Hamilton de Holanda all'anfiteatro del Museo Pecci di Prato

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Anfiteatro del Museo Pecci
Prato
27.06.2014

In un contesto forse troppo piccolo per l'aspettativa dell'evento e perciò incredibilmente affollato (all'ingresso si accalcavano decine di persone prive di biglietto), è andato in scena all'Anfiteatro del Museo Pecci di Prato il duo di Stefano Bollani e Hamilton De Holanda, attesissimi dopo l'acclamato CD ...

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Ian Patterson's Best Releases of 2013

Read "Ian Patterson's Best Releases of 2013" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The following list represents my personal favorites of those CDs I reviewed this year. I am convinced that we live in a great age for jazz/creative music. You can only ever listen to a very small percentage of what's out there, but it's still a privilege to able to access this much terrific music.

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Edmar Castaneda: A World Of Music

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The harp may be the least common instrument in jazz/improvised music--even the humble kazoo gets more of a run out. Dating back over 5,000 years to ancient Mesopotamia, the harp in its various guises is common to nearly all cultures across the continents. Throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America the harp is an important element of ...