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Trondheim Jazzfest 2019: Part 2-2

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Trondheim Jazzfest
Sylvie Courvoisier Trio
Trondheim, Norway
May 10, 2019

Trondheim, Norway's third largest city and the country's center of intelligence in science, engineering and technology, holds a key-place in Norwegian history and identity in general, and in jazz/music specifically. The six-day Trondheim Jazzfest starts ...

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Tony Allen, Jeff Mills and Jean Philippe Dary at Cologne Philharmonie

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Tony Allen, Jeff Mills and Jean Philippe Dary
Cologne Philharmonie
Eight Bridges Festival
Cologne, Germany
May 11, 2019

The Eight Bridges Festival is an eclectic mix of provocative presentations taking place throughout Cologne. Concerts, dance and drama occur on typical stages or in unique urban locations. Spectators enjoy bands, ...

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Walthamstow Jazz Festival 2019

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Walthamstow Jazz Festival
London
February 16, 2019

If you're not from jny: London the name Walthamstow most likely means nothing to you, unless perhaps you admire the work of designer and craftsman William Morris. Even to most Londoners it is probably little more than the fabled end of the Victoria ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

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If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and ...

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Udin&Jazz 2018

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Udin&Jazz 2018
Udine
Palamostre
3-6.7.2018

Ventottesima edizione per il festival friulano, con qualche ombra sul suo futuro conseguente alla presa di posizione del direttore artistico e organizzatore Giancarlo Velliscig (clicca qui per leggere la sua intervista prima della scorsa edizione) nei confronti della nuova amministrazione comunale. Nel frattempo anche quest'anno il ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Yacine Boularès: Coltrane by way of Descartes

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Saxophonist Yacine Boularès took the road less travelled to discover and develop his passion for jazz. After graduating in philosophy from the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris, he felt the urge to put into practice the notions of aesthetics he had researched for his dissertation. Following his studies at Paris' Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Matt Hooke's Best Releases of 2017

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2017 marked the first year that I wrote for All About Jazz, and I got to experience some phenomenal music. It was a diverse year in jazz, international artists like Tony Allen and Seckou Keita brought unique perspectives to jazz. Other artists like Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau, and Dayme Arocena, released some of their best work ...

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36th International Tampere Jazz Happening

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36th International Tampere Jazz Happening
Tampere, Finland
November 2-5, 2017

They were the winner of this year's Europe Jazz Network (EJN) Award for Adventurous Programming. Receiving the award at April's jazzahead! conference in Bremen, Tampere Jazz Happening and Artistic Director Juhamatti Kauppinen celebrated what has become 35 years of top-drawer programming. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tony Allen: The Source

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Drummer and Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen returns to his jazz roots for his first full-length Blue Note album, following the EP A Tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. The Art Blakey arrangements married hard bop with an Afrobeat rhythmic sensibility: here the same approach is taken with original material (most of it composed and ...

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Big Mean Sound Machine: Runnin' for the Ghost

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On Runnin' for the Ghost, Big Mean Sound Machine sounds intent on obliterating every imaginable musical border: the lines between regional or geographic styles, the divide between acoustic and electronic instruments, the boundary between live and sampled music, the gap between ancient and contemporary music...just about any and every musical “box" you can think of.