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Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017

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Bergamo Jazz Festival Bergamo, Italy March 19-26, 2017 The Bergamo Jazz Festival, one of the most long-lived and prestigious Italian festivals, celebrated in 2017 its 39th edition. Since about ten years the Town of Bergamo nominates a musician as artistic director, and the 2017 edition has been the second under ...

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Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Bergamo Jazz Festival Bergamo, varie sedi 19-26.03.2017 Il Bergamo Jazz Festival, che nel 2018 doppierà la boa della quarantesima edizione, per il secondo anno consecutivo è stato diretto da Dave Douglas, il quale ha imbastito un programma decisamente vario, coinvolgendo un numero sempre maggiore di sedi nella Città Alta e nella ...

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Bert Joris / Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Smooth Shake

Read "Smooth Shake" reviewed by Jack Bowers

While much can be said and written about Belgian trumpeter Bert Joris' music, perhaps no one can more aptly describe the rationale underlying the Brussels Jazz Orchestra's new collaboration, Smooth Shake, than the composer himself: “A warm sound--that's what I had in mind for this album. A sound that envelops you, fills you with energy, like ...

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Brussels Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi

Read "The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For those few die-hards who may adamantly insist that superior big-band jazz never reaches beyond America's borders, here is irrefutable proof that the reverse is true: the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, world-class in every respect, performing (in concert) admirable compositions by the marvelous Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi with arrangements by the no less marvelous trumpeter Bert Joris ...

Swiss Jazz Orchestra: Sincerely Yours

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The world-class Swiss Jazz Orchestra produced the 2-CD set Sincerely Yours to mark its tenth anniversary in 2013. As is the SJO's custom, the nineteen tracks were taped during a series of stellar concert performances spanning those years, showcasing the orchestra's excellence as a unit and its roster of impressive soloists performing compositions and arrangements by ...

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Swiss Jazz Orchestra: Live at Jazzfestival Bern

Read "Live at Jazzfestival Bern" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Live at Jazzfestival Bern (Mons) Some big-band albums are heated and brassy, others cool and understated, while a precious few simply cast a mesmerizing spell. “Live at Jazzfestival Bern," recorded in May 2013 by the unerring Swiss Jazz Orchestra, drops anchor squarely in the last of those realms, thanks in part to the ensemble's ...

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

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In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question

Read "In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suppose a month goes by, you have a column to publish, but nothing has happened that's worth writing about. What do you do then? Read on, as the question is about to be answered. A while back there was a discussion at a Stan Kenton web site (Kentonia) about musicians or groups of ...

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Nathalie Loriers Trio - Bert Joris & String Quartet: Moments d'Eternité

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Presentato in occasione del Gent Jazz Festival 2009, questo oramai ottavo album della pianista e compositrice belga Nathalie Loriers, viaggia sul binomio musica classica/composizione jazz. Moments d'Eternité riesce ad essere un progetto completo e ben strutturato grazie agli eleganti arrangiamenti del trombettista Bert Joris. Complice l'unione tra un quartetto d'archi che suona sullo sfondo della composizione, ...


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