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Groundup Music Festival Reveals Artist Brunches, Cocktails And Workshops

Groundup Music Festival Reveals Artist Brunches, Cocktails And Workshops

Acclaimed by the New York Times as one of the “Top 10 Definitive Moments of the Decade in Jazz Music,” the GroundUP Music Festival returns to the oceanside North Beach Bandshell in sunny Miami Beach, Florida, February 14-16, 2020. Hosted by three-time Grammy award-winning collective Snarky Puppy, GroundUP has announced the schedule for their intimate cocktails ...

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Mike Downes

Multiple JUNO award winner Mike Downes has been a major force in Canada's music scene since the early 80s. He has had the opportunity to work with a long list of international artists including Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman and Donny McCaslin, along with many of Canada's top musicians including Don Thompson, Terry Clarke, Pat LaBarbera, Robi Botos and Molly Johnson. He has performed throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, the United States and Canada. His extensive discography as a bassist, composer, arranger and producer includes his own Ripple Effect (2014 JUNO winner for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year) and Root Structure (2018 JUNO winner for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo)

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The GroundUp Music Festival 2019

Read "The GroundUp Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

GroundUp Music Festival 2019 North Beach Bandshell, Park Stage Miami Beach, FL February 8-10, 2019 An internet acquaintance has a running post gag that she labels with #BecauseFlorida. In it she basically puts forth all of the unattractive, wacky and head-scratching reports that come out of the Sunshine ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael League: Snarky Puppy's Jazz-Schooled, Grassroots Visionary

Read "Michael League: Snarky Puppy's Jazz-Schooled, Grassroots Visionary" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Bassist, composer, bandleader, sideman, producer, record label owner, festival head... These are some of the many hats Michael League has acquired since embarking on his musical odyssey at the University of North Texas with a “little" band named Snarky Puppy in 2003. With its Jazz-but-not-Jazz / Music for Brain and Booty ethos, multiple poll ...

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Snarky Puppy al Roma Jazz Festival

Read "Snarky Puppy al Roma Jazz Festival" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Downes: Root Structure

Read "Root Structure" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Mike Downes likes to explore what rests at the heart of an idea and what makes things tick. That's essentially the notion that waters the roots of Root Structure. It's a thought process that gives Downes grounding while also freeing him from the constraints of a more rigid conceptual frame. The three ...

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Snarky Puppy at the Electric Factory

Read "Snarky Puppy at the Electric Factory" reviewed by Asher Wolf

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rich Brown: Abeng

Read "Abeng" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In jazz, it's all about the company you keep. The press accompanying bass virtuoso Rich Brown's third album, Abeng, specifically calls out Roy Ayers and Weather Report as musical reference points. And while there's a breath of Ayers' silky R&B feel to the slinky “Promessa," and though Brown's use of his fretless electric bass as a ...

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Snarky Puppy: la fusion del nuovo millennio

Read "Snarky Puppy: la fusion del nuovo millennio" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

"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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