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North Sea Jazz 2018

Read "North Sea Jazz 2018" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

North Sea Jazz
Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 13-15, 2018

Amidst the cornucopia of summertime festivals, there sits a juggernaut. That's North Sea Jazz, where a dozen performance spaces named after rivers around the world offer a sound garden of global delights. The full-tilt feast flows gloriously during the second full weekend of July ...

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Snarky Puppy al Roma Jazz Festival

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Snarky Puppy
Roma Jazz Festival 2018
Cavea Auditorium
07.07.2018

Uno dei fiori all'occhiello di questa nuova edizione estiva del Roma Jazz Festival è sicuramente il concerto degli Snarky Puppy, unica data italiana nel breve tour europeo. Fin dalla loro fondazione nel 2005, il gruppo (ma sarebbe meglio definirlo un collettivo, vista ...

Bokanté: Strange Circles

Read "Strange Circles" reviewed by Daniel Marx

Due to Michael League's prolific body of work with his record label, GroundUp Music, he has his fingers in many pies, the latest of which is a new band, started by the Snarky Puppy guitarist/bassist/producer, called Bokanté. The word means “exchange" in Creole, the language of the band's vocalist Malika Tirolien, and the music is meant ...

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FORQ at The World Cafe Live

Read "FORQ at The World Cafe Live" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

FORQ
The World Café Live
Philadelphia PA
July 31 2017

One can be well-versed in the two (whoops, now three) albums worth of music by FORQ, (and in the music from the other bands the individual members hail from) and still not be totally prepared for the impact of ...

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Fano Jazz By The Sea 2017

Read "Fano Jazz By The Sea 2017" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Fano Jazz by the Sea
Fano
Varie sedi
22-30.7.2017

Quest'anno c'era qualcosa di nuovo sotto il sole, anzi sul mare di Fano. Una prima disorientante sfasatura, di natura visiva, rispetto al passato era costituita dall'assenza, sui programmi di sala e sul palco dei concerti, della storica immagine che riproduceva una ...

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Snaggle: The Long Slog

Read "The Long Slog" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In the art world, labeling oneself as “the next (fill in the blank)" or “(name of country)'s answer to (fill in the blank)" is a risky ploy that may reap short-term benefits in terms of quickly generating a fan base, but may actually be detrimental in terms of creative sustainability. The jny:: Toronto-based jazz-funk- rock sextet ...

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Snarky Puppy at the Electric Factory

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Snarky Puppy
The Electric Factory
Live From the Lot Festival
Philadelphia, PA
May 21st, 2016

As I sit in this jny: Philadelphia train station trying to decipher the ambient jazz faintly trickling from the overhead speakers I am reminded of why we need more ...

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Snarky Puppy: la fusion del nuovo millennio

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"Abbiamo suonato a Flagstaff, Arizona, due o tre anni fa per una quindicina di persone -ricorda Michael League, leader di Snarky Puppy -E alla fine abbiamo scoperto che tutti erano venuti per il successivo karaoke. In pratica abbiamo fatto l'apertura al karaoke."

Dopo la sorprendente vittoria di un Grammy Award nel gennaio 2014 ...

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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2015

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Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2015
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
June 27-28, 2015

While jazz is closely associated with horns (even though there are few instruments now employed at some point across the genre) it was a couple of guitar slingers that helped light up the skies at Freihofer's ...

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Tommy Igoe: The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy

Read "The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Known as one of the best drummers in the jazz world today, Tommy Igoe is also one of the most in-demand musicians around and since 2006, Igoe and the Birdland Big band have been holding residency at New York's Birdland Jazz Club which apparently, is not enough to keep the drummer grounded. Igoe now lives in ...