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Spencer Day at The Green Room 42

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Spencer Day
The Green Room 42
New York, NY
May 18, 2018

In celebration of his seventh album, Angel City, singer/songwriter Spencer Day charmed the socks off a gracious audience at The Green Room 42. Day's greatness in both capacities lies in his ability to embody every song as ...

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Adam Rudolph's Galaxies at The Stone

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Adam Rudolph's Galaxies
The Stone
New York, NY
May 10, 2018

On May 10, 2018, as part of a week-long residency at The Stone, percussionist and cosmic traveler Adam Rudolph convened an assembly of stardust worthy of the name Galaxies. Backed by a flowing red curtain and facing a ...

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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin at (Le) Poisson Rouge

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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin
(Le) Poisson Rouge
New York, NY
May 6, 2018

On May 6, 2018, Swiss pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch brought his refashioned Ronin outfit to New York City. The band's name comes from the word meaning “masterless samurai," and indeed listeners can't help but feel that ...

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Jocelyn Medina at Jazz at Kitano

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Jocelyn Medina
Jazz at Kitano
Birthday Bash
New York, NY
April 11, 2018

With the release of her third album, Common Ground, still fresh with resonance, New York-based vocalist Jocelyn Medina turned the open space of Jazz at Kitano into her own vibrational field for a celebration of ...

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John Abercrombie Tribute Concert at Roulette

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John Abercrombie: Timeless--A Tribute To His Life And Music
Roulette
Brooklyn, NY
March 26, 2018

When John Abercrombie turned off the amplifier of life in 2017, the world lost not only one of its most distinctive guitarists but also one of jazz's brightest souls. As made clear by those ...

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Noa Fort at Cornelia Street Café

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Noa Fort
Cornelia Street Café
New York, NY
March 19, 2018

In celebration of her debut album as leader, pianist and vocalist Noa Fort presented a concert of original songs at Cornelia Street Café. With trumpeter Josh Deutsch, bassist Dan Loomis, and drummer Ronen Itzik sharing the platform, Fort ...

Noa Fort: No World Between Us

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With No World Between Us, pianist, composer, and vocalist Noa Fort makes her leader debut in an album of comforting originality on all fronts. Her voice, in addition to its well-rounded intonation and emotional integrity, finds equal partnership in lyrics brimming with timeless themes. What separates her soul searching from those before her, however, is a ...

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Kyle Taylor Parker at The Green Room 42

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Kyle Taylor Parker
The Green Room 42
The Soul Session
New York, NY
March 11, 2018

Kyle Taylor Parker made a splash when he replaced Billy Porter as Lola in the Broadway hit Kinky Boots. Since jumping into the deep end of musical theater, however, he has never ...

Taupe: Fill Up Your Lungs and Bellow

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Taupe's creative universe thrives post-bang. It understands that stars, planets, and galaxies are an ultimate goal, yet understands the value of its gaseous beginnings before proceeding to grander narratives. Indeed, meta-explanations need not apply in this formation process, as they would only get in the way of the extroversions at play throughout. As torch-bearers of this ...

Kirke Karja Quartet: Turbulence

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Despite the title of Turbulence, Estonian pianist/composer Kirke Karja and her eponymous quartet carry this vessel of an album through the smoothest of takeoffs and landings. Riding the jet stream of largely original material, it takes full advantage of its wingspan to cross borders.

The title track is a compression of the album's entire ...