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Ojai Music Festival 2019

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Ojai Music Festival
Libbey Bowl, and other venues
Ojai, California
June 6-9, 2019

In the storied and still-evolving story of the Ojai Music Festival, one of America's most important contemporary music-minded festivals, the roots system run deep into mid-century Modernism and late 20th century post-Modernist impulses and up to the current, ...

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The Justin Varnes Orchestra's Rhapsody In Blue At The Jazz Corner

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The Justin Varnes Orchestra
The Jazz Corner Rhapsody in Blue
Hilton Head Island, SC
May 12, 2019

For Mother's Day luncheon, The Jazz Corner presented another in their “Classical meets Jazz" series of concerts, “Rhapsody in Blue."

The opening clarinet trill, a scale, then the slowly extruded glissando ...

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Gabriel Latchin Trio: The Moon And I

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Following on from Gabriel Latchin's eponymous debut album Introducing Gabriel Latchin Trio (Alys Jazz, 2017), The Moon And I, recorded in London in February 2018, seeks to consolidate his position as a first rate straight ahead jazz pianist. Indeed his style is not dissimilar to George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, André Previn or Dudley Moore. As with ...

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Live From Brussels: Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Sal La Rocca, Igor Gehenot, Diederniko Kummsels & Makas

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Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
Bozar
January 9, 2019

Much of this evening's programme featured compositions that are probably of interest to jazzers, particularly with the presence of George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, although Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber will doubtless have more crossover appeal than most composers. There was ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work

Read "The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work" reviewed by John Kelman

He may be largely regarded as the most influential guitarist to emerge from the Netherlands, a country that, bordering on the North Sea, is roughly one-quarter the physical size of England and, with a current number of about seventeen million, has just one-third the population of the UK's largest country. Still, despite garnering major in-country recognition, ...

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Martin Lesch Band at The Jazz Corner

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Martin Lesch Band
The Jazz Corner
Journey through Jazz to Rhapsody in Blue
Hilton Head Island, SC
November 12, 2018

On a rainy Monday night in South Carolina, people faced a difficult choice: whether or not to leave the house to hear Martin Lesch play piano at The Jazz ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part X

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Lucia Jackson
You and the Night and the Music
Roni Music
2018

To a precious few, much talent is given, particularly the young of age, like New York City —native Lucia Jackson, who, at the age of 26 has already distinguished herself as an accomplished dancer and model. Now Jackson emerges ...

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John Proulx and Champian Fulton at The Jazz Corner

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John Proulx and Champian Fulton
The Jazz Corner
Hilton Head Island, SC
October 7, 2018

It's very clear, the new Jack Lewin production “Here to Stay" is a tour de force of George Gershwin's greatest music, played on two grand pianos. Champian Fulton, a charming, accomplished young pianist, sang her ...

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Greg Diaz & The Art of Imagination Jazz Orchestra: Begin the Agora

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At a time when many contemporary big bands are eager to brush aside the past and “break new ground," it's always a pleasure to welcome an ensemble that honors and espouses jazz tradition with no appreciable loss of savoir-faire or, well, imagination. Begin the Agora, the debut recording by saxophonist Greg Diaz's Florida-based Art of Imagination ...

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FAT: #awesome

Read "#awesome" reviewed by John Kelman

While the appropriately titled #awesome represents Alex Machacek's third album in six years with his (similarly witty and self-effacingly monikered) FAT (Fabulous Austrian Trio), this trifecta of virtuosic Austrian musicians goes much further back. Both bassist Raphael Preuschl and drummer Herbert Pirker appeared on roughly half of the expat-Austrian/Los Angeles-based guitarist's acclaimed 2006 Abstract Logix debut, ...