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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin At The Bop Stop

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Nik Bartsch's Ronin
Bop Stop
Cleveland, Ohio
October 28, 2018

The way Nik Bärtsch dresses reveals a lot about his music. He steps up to the piano wearing a Samue, the traditional dress of Zen Buddhist monks, and sneakers. One represents a spiritual tradition thousands of years old, requiring the utmost ...

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Soft Machine at the Beachland Ballroom

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Soft Machine
Beachland Ballroom
Cleveland, OH
October 18, 2018

A disco ball may have been spinning at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland Ohio, but this was no dance party. Instead, Soft Machine brought their brand of progressive jazz-rock to the venue with the energy of a band a fraction of its age. ...

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Dave Stryker Quartet at Nighttown

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Dave Stryker Quartet
Nighttown
Cleveland, Ohio
October 5, 2018

It's a tough sell these days for touring musicians to bring their own ensembles with them as they traverse the country. And let's face it, pick-up bands don't always lead to the optimum musical conditions. That's why it is always a pleasure ...

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Still Dreaming and Dr. Lonnie Smith at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

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Still Dreaming/Dr. Lonnie Smith
Playhouse Square
Tri-C JazzFest
Cleveland, Ohio
June 29, 2018

Now in its 39th year, Cleveland's Tri-C JazzFest has evolved over the years having started as an educational springtime event. Most recently, the action has shifted from the Cuyahoga Community College campus to downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square ...

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Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan at Blossom Music Center

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The Doobie Brothers & Steely Dan-The Summer of Living Dangerously Tour
Blossom Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
June 23, 2018

If there is one tried and true adage that is applicable to the arts, it is the one that goes “everything old is new again." Be it a need for monetary ...

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Bob James Trio at Nighttown

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Bob James Trio
Nighttown
Cleveland, Ohio
June 22, 2018

Although we keep hearing all the time that by sheer numbers the jazz audience is a small and select crowd, the fact remains that select musicians have crafted the type of following that guarantees crowd interest in all their latest endeavors. This ...

NEWS: EVENT

Legendary Jazz Artist Bob James To Play Three-night Stand In Cleveland At Nighttown

Legendary Jazz Artist Bob James To Play Three-night Stand In Cleveland At Nighttown

Legendary contemporary jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Bob James and his trio featuring bassist Michael Palazzalo and drummer Billy Kilson are set to perform June 22 and 23 at Nighttown in jny: Cleveland. Sets will be at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and tickets are $40. On Sunday June 24, James will be featured with an Ohio ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Gilly’s Remembered

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Anyone who was a jazz aficionado in jny: Cincinnati in the 1970s and wanted to hear the upper echelon musicians in the art form--the artists written about in Downbeat and whose records played regularly on the local AM station, WNOP--knew what to do.

Make the 50-mile trek up Interstate 75 to Gilly's in Dayton. ...

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Kurrent Duo at The Bop Stop

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Kurrent Duo with Brian Charette and Jordan Young
The Bop Stop
Cleveland, Ohio
October 26, 2017

Taking the tried and true organ trio format and turning it on its side, Brian Charette's latest self-produced release is a mind-bending mélange of colors that is certainly one of the best recordings of ...

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Bob Niederriter Trio At The Bop Stop

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Bob Niederriter Trio featuring Tony Monaco
The Bop Stop
Cleveland, Ohio
September 29, 2017

Booking live jazz on a nightly basis anywhere other than jny: New York City is a risky proposition to be sure. Just ask former Cleveland club owners Ron Busch and Anita Nonneman about this and surely they ...