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Malta Jazz Festival 2017

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Malta Jazz Festival 2017
La Valletta -Malta
Varie Sedi
20-22.07.2017

Giunto alla 27ma edizione, il Malta Jazz Festival è uno dei più longevi appuntamenti europei di musica afro-americana, particolarmente suggestivo per il connubio tra la bellezza dei luoghi e l'alto livello di programmazione. Anche quest'anno le scelte del direttore artistico ...

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Vicenza Jazz Festival 2017

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Vicenza Jazz Festival 2017
Vicenza, varie sedi
12-21.05.2017

Dipanandosi per una decina di giorni in vari spazi, per larga misura luoghi di alto valore storico-monumentale, il festival diretto da Riccardo Brazzale ha confermato la sua linea possibilista, alla ricerca di certezze e sorprese, di nomi noti e proposte più specialistiche, ...

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Black Art Jazz Collective: Black Art Jazz Collective - Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club

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Formed by a cross-section of contemporary jazz's leading voices, the Black Art Jazz Collective has a simple goal as political as it is salutary: create a platform for artists of the same generation to collaborate musically and promote the recognition of African- American cultural and political figures.

Comprised of Wayne Escoffery (tenor sax),Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), ...

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Black Art Jazz Collective: Black Art Jazz Collective - Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club

Read "Black Art Jazz Collective - Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The Black Art Jazz Collective was founded in 2013 by saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and drummer Johnathan Blake, with bassist Dwayne Burno added shortly thereafter, and further expanded by trombonist James Burton (III) and pianist Xavier Davis. The group's first performance was Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in April, 2013. Sadly, Burno died in December ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Damión Reid: On Drum Artistry, The Robert Glasper Trio, and Beyond

Read "Damión Reid: On Drum Artistry, The Robert Glasper Trio, and Beyond" reviewed by K. Shackelford

International drummer Damión Reid has crafted a style that is inimitable without sacrificing the ardor of modern jazz and its traditional stylistic approaches to drumming. Listening to Reid is like a history lesson on the drum--he can play everything with artful dexterity from Be-Bop to Hip Hop.

Adrian Kirchler, owner of AK drums, was ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Nicholas Payton Balances Studio Work As Bandleader, Producer; "Textures," His 5th Album On Paytone Records, Set For Spring Release

Nicholas Payton Balances Studio Work As Bandleader, Producer; "Textures," His 5th Album On Paytone Records, Set For Spring Release

Grammy award-winning Nicholas Payton—one of the era’s definitive artists—has been quite busy this winter blowing with the all-star Monterey Jazz Festival on a nationwide tour, putting the finishing touches on Textures, his fifth release for his very own label, Payton Records, as well as producing and arranging Jane Monheit’s latest project, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald. ...

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Chihiro Yamanaka At San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (Aug. 8) & Don Quixote's (Aug. 6)

Chihiro Yamanaka At San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (Aug. 8) & Don Quixote's (Aug. 6)

The Chihiro Yamanaka Trio will perform August 8, 2015 at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest in jny: San Jose, CA, and will precede the festival appearance with an August 6 concert at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA. The trio, led by jazz pianist/composer Chihiro Yamanaka, a Blue Note Records recording artist, features bassist Yoshi ...

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Umbria Jazz 15

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Perugia, vari luoghi
10--19 luglio

Oltre 35.000 biglietti venduti con un incasso di 1.500.000 euro, 450.000 presenze in città nei giorni del festival: i numeri danno ragione dell'enorme successo di pubblico di Umbria Jazz 2015. La manifestazione, come sempre articolata in appuntamenti gratuiti nel centro storico e in concerti a pagamento, all'Arena Santa ...

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Matthew Stevens: Woodwork

Read "Woodwork" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Matthew Stevens has already made a name for himself through his work with artists like trumpeter Christian Scott, saxophonist Walter Smith III, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, and bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding. But he shouldn't be pigeonholed as a support player or viewed simply as sideman du jour in the eyes of the jazz world. That would ...