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The Tierney Sutton Band at SFJAZZ Center

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The Tierney Sutton Band
SFJAZZ Center
Summer Jazz Festival
San Francisco, CA
July 17, 2016

When Tierney Sutton holds a note it sucks the listener in like the gravity of an object slowly accumulating mass. Breaking the rhythm of her spare, surgically precise vocal brushwork, Sutton occasionally freezes on a ...

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T Sisters at SFJAZZ

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T Sisters
SFJAZZ
Summer Jazz Fest
San Francisco, CA
July 14, 2016

You don't often hear a banjo and washboard at the SFJAZZ Center, but the T Sisters were invited for a reason. Since their debut EP in 2012, Erika, Chloe, and Rachel Tietjen have busily ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Robert Glasper, Miles Davis: Everything's Beautiful

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Miles Davis birthed cool in 1949 and nearly took it to the grave with him 52 years later. His first venture into hip-hop and last studio album, Doo-Bop, represented the least cool moment for America's icon of coolness itself. By the '90s, Miles' prowess as a trumpeter had only waned from legendary to excellent, but younger ...

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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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Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

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Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom
Philadelphia Art Alliance
Ars Nova Workshop
Philadelphia, PA
May 13, 2016

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom plays jazz, but the woman herself is hardly a jazz drummer. Though she can swing and improvise like nobody's business, Miller seems equally at home with the grooves of ...

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Aaron Parks Group and Joel Ross at the SOUTH Jazz Kitchen

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Aaron Parks Group
SOUTH Jazz Kitchen
Philadelphia, PA
May 4, 2016

I apologize in advance if the following descriptions come off as grandiose. But regarding the Aaron Parks Group, anything that doesn't walk the line of hyperbole feels like an undersell. They were one of the most exciting acts ...

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Philadelphia Art Alliance
Philadelphia, PA
February 15, 2016

“If mostly other people do the killing I guess that means it's sometimes us," replied bassist Moppa Elliot in response to the inevitable question about the name of his band. Though many consider Mostly Other People ...