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Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

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With each passing year, Winter JazzFest--New York's premiere jazz festival--has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...


Jazz Jantar 2017

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Jazz Jantar
Klub Zak
Gdańsk, Poland
November 9-12, 2017

Jazz Jantar is one of the less well-known Polish festivals (outside of Poland), but it has been running in the northern port of Gdańsk for two decades, and is housed by Klub Zak, an arts centre that has roots ...


Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2017

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
May 18-21, 2017

In Canada, the Monday closest to May 24, the birthday of Queen Victoria, is a public holiday (in Quebec it has two names: Journée des Patriotes or Fête du Dollard--it's complicated), and the Victoria Day long weekend is the ...


Michael Oien: And Now

Read "And Now" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

And now, the arrival of And Now--the debut leader date from bassist Michael Oien.

Oien, who's worked with everybody from saxophonist Uri Gurvich to guitarist Nir Felder to pianist Roy Assaf, is primed to make a strong statement here. He's done his homework and he's shown himself to be a musical pillar of ...

Take Five With Michael Oien

Read "Take Five With Michael Oien" reviewed by Michael Oien

Meet Michael Oien:
Ever since he graduated from Berklee in 2004, bassist Michael Oien has been an important part of the New York jazz scene, appearing on a countless number of dates as a sideman. Recently he recorded his debut as a leader, the consistently creative And Now for Fresh Sound's New Talent label. “This ...


Little Women: Lung

Read "Lung" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Un lungo silenzio prima del rito. Poi una felpata introduzione percussiva, il respiro dei sassofoni che si sviluppa in canto, con un tema minimale armonizzato, ornato di arpeggi di chitarra. I quattro di Little Women, dopo l'esordio acido di Throat, alzano il tiro delle loro ambizioni e realizzano in questo nuovo CD un'unica traccia di 42 ...


Travis Laplante: Heart Protector

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Heart Protector è il disco di esordio di Travis Laplante, dopo la sua esperienza col quartetto “Little Women" con i quali aveva dato alle stampe Throat. Il disco - in pratica un lungo assolo per sax tenore - arriva dopo un periodo di malattia che ha portato il musicista prima ad una profonda depressione, poi - grazie alla ...