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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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Galway Jazz Festival 2016

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Galway Jazz Festival
Various Venues
jny:Galway, Ireland
October 7-9, 2016

The best jazz festivals are not necessarily the biggest. They're not always the ones with the marquee names. The best festivals, without a doubt, are the ones you remember, years later, for having had a hell of a good time. ...

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Mette Henriette: Mette Henriette

Read "Mette Henriette" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Norwegian saxophonist Mette Henriette's (full name Mette Henriette Martedatter Rølvåg) eponymous debut on ECM is a bold artistic statement. A mosaic of shimmering tonal hues, provocative ideas and sublime moods the music is spread out over two CDs. On each one Henriette is in the company of a different ensemble but the thematic unity is maintained ...

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Nutshell 2015

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Nutshell 2015
Bergen, Norway
May 27-30, 2015

For a decade now, Nutshell has been an important engine in promoting Norwegian jazz talent abroad. This year, Nutshell's four-day program presented nine acts of quite diverse stripes to an audience of festival directors, radio programmers, booking agents and journalists from fifteen European countries.

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Helge Lien Trio: Badgers and Other Beings

Read "Badgers and Other Beings" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Era qualche anno che non si parlava di Helge Lien, pianista norvegese piuttosto affermato ma poco noto da noi. Dopo l'approdo all'etichetta tedesca Ozella Music, che lo ha aiutato a imporsi con il suo trio prima con Hello Troll (2008), poi con Natsukashii (2011), eccolo dunque con questo nuovo Badgers and Other Beings, che vede l'ingresso ...

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Moers Festival 2014

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Moers Festival
Moers , Germany
June, 6-9, 2014

Moers is a small city of about 100,000 inhabitants at the periphery of the former mining and industrial Ruhrpott area in Germany, about 40 km from the Dutch border and near the cities of Duisburg and Düsseldorf. Moers Festival, a four-day annual event always ...

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JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2014

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JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2014
Bergen, Norway
May 21-25, 2014

Bergen, the second largest city of Norway along the northwestern coast of the North Sea, is situated along an impressive mountainous bay. Protected against and open to the sea, to the world it is an illustrious place of a centuries-old merchant tradition, ...

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Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: Outstairs

Read "Outstairs" reviewed by John Kelman

After a four-year break following the biennial run of four recordings beginning with 2003's Sofienberg Variations and ending with 2009's Fabula Suite Lugano (all on ECM), Christian Wallumrød returns with Outstairs. Building on the strength of what came before, the pianist/composer continues to assert a clear identity with this slightly altered ensemble, not only capitalizing on ...

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2013 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival: Ottawa, Canada, June 21-26, 2013

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TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 20-July 1, 2013
Having made the decision, in 2012, to broaden its stylistic purview to include not only music on the periphery of jazz, but artists with no real connection to the founding raison d'être of the festival, the 2013 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival continued to bring extracurricular music ...

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Eyes of a Blue Dog: Rise

Read "Rise" reviewed by John Kelman

As disproportionate as the amount of fine music being made in Norway is to its relatively small population of five million, so, too, is its surprisingly large cadre of outstanding drummers. A quick scan through the list of drummers who have made some kind of name for themselves, both at home and abroad, include--amongst many, many ...