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Umbria Jazz Winter: Orvieto, Italy, December 28, 2012 - January 1, 2013

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Umbria Jazz Winter 2013Orvieto, ItalyDecember 28, 2012--February 1, 2013Dee Alexander's Evolution Ensemble Dee Alexander's sensitive and virtuosic voice, together with the exquisite harmony of her group, charmed the Umbria Jazz Winter public with two different concert series. The first was dedicated to the memory of Alexander's mentor, Light Henry Huff, and ...

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François Houle 5+1: Montreal, Canada, July 3, 2012

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François Houle 5+1Casa del PopoloMontréal, QuébecJuly 3, 2012Wild strawberries. This was the taste of clarinetist François Houle's 5+1 performance at Casa del Popolo, presenting his group's just-released Genera (Songlines, 2012). Why wild strawberries? Because the entire two sets had both the fresh and savory, yet also spicy and untamed flavor of ...

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Umbria Jazz Winter, Days 3-5: December 30, 2011-January 1, 2012

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Days 1-2 | Days 3-5 Umbria Jazz Winter #19 Perugia, Italy December 28, 2011-January 1, 2012 Stan Tracey Trio Stan Tracey started the morning of his 85th birthday in the best possible way: playing jazz for an audience which was enthusiastic to share his music in such an iconic ...

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Umbria Jazz Winter #19, Days 1-2: December 28-29, 2011

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Days 1-2 | Days 3-5 Umbria Jazz Winter #19 Perugia, Italy December 28, 2011-January 1, 2012 In an Italy where the cuts inflicted to the cultural sector by the last Berlusconi government led a figure like Riccardo Muti to publically express his indignation, Umbria Jazz Winter # 19 was a confirmation ...

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Guelph Jazz Festival: Guelph, Canada, September 7-11, 2011

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Guelph Jazz Festival, Colloquium & Nuit Blanche Guelph, Canada September 7-11, 2011 As Prez used to say, if you are a good improviser you are able to tell a soulful story. What happens, then, when some of the most experimental improvisers from Canada, Australia, Norway, and England (among the others) are involved in ...

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Umbria Jazz Winter #18 Days 3-5: December 31, 2010-January 2, 2011

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Days 1-2 | Days 3-5 Umbria Jazz Winter #18 Orvieto, Italy December 29, 2010-January 2, 2011 The Alfredo Rodriguez Trio Discovered, produced and hailed by Quincy Jones, Alfredo Rodriguez chose to contradict any potential preconception linked with the highly slippery definition of Latin Jazz to which his Cuban ...

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Umbria Jazz Winter #18 Days 1-2: December 29-30, 2010

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Days 1-2 | Days 3-5 Umbria Jazz Winter #18 Orvieto, Italy December 29, 2010-January 2, 2011 Chick Corea/Stefano Bollani Piano Duo This year the wintery version of Italy's major jazz festival is an 18-year-old grown-up, and it shows. Its calendar reconfirmed a highly diverse mix, embellished by an ...

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24 Hours of Umbria Jazz 2010

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Imagine traveling by car for hours in the summer heat of Italy's July 2010. At last it is early evening, and you reach the borders of a breathtaking medieval town. A soft breeze blows around you while you walk through the steep slopes which lead you to the centre. You follow the sounds you so eagerly ...


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