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Paris Jazz Scene: Summer 2016

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F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: “The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has only two things toward which we drift as we grow older--intelligence and good manners." And I would add great jazz!

Although many think that much of ...

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Benny Golson Quartet at Duc des Lombards

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Benny Golson Quartet
Duc des Lombards
Nous N'Irons Pas a New York (We're Not Going to New York) Festival
Paris, France
August 10, 2016

Tenor saxophonist Benny Golson showed no negative effects of his 87 years during the opening set of two nights at Duc des Lombards in Paris. His ...

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Cyrus Chestnut Trio at Duc des Lombards

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Cyrus Chestnut Trio
Duc des Lombards
Nous N'Irons Pas a New York Festival
Paris, France
August 2, 2016

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut dazzled a rapt audience during the opening concert of his two nights at the sixth annual Nous N'Irons Pas a New York (We're Not Going to New York) festival ...

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Michele Hendricks at Sunset Jazz Club

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Michele Hendricks Quintet
Sunset Jazz Club
American Jazz Festiv' Halles
Paris, France
July 29, 2016

Jazz singer Michele Hendricks showcased a stunning combination of genetics and decades of performance experience, her energized sounds replicating horn solos via inventive vocalese and hip scat segments. She led a European-based quartet ...

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Craig Handy Quartet at Sunset Jazz Club

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Craig Handy Quartet
Hommage a Dexter Gordon
Sunset Jazz Club
Paris, France
July 8, 2016

Tributes to noted jazz musicians are frequent throughout Europe, especially in Paris. Each “hommage" centers on the hits and compositions of a star, performed by a musician with a high skill-level for ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

George "Pepe" Grant: 1937-2016

George "Pepe" Grant: 1937-2016

By Patricia Myers George “Pepe" Grant, 78, a memorable entertainment personality and renowned doo-wop and pop music vocalist, died January 13 following emergency heart surgery. He had resided and performed in the metro-Phoenix area since 1984, but his entertainment career began as a teenager in Philadelphia, eventually expanding to world tours.

His satiny tenor voice ...

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Count Basie Orchestra at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

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Count Basie Orchestra
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Scottsdale, Arizona
December 19, 2015

The Count Basie Orchestra solidified its 80-year reputation for strong swingability, inventive solo segments and supreme section cohesion during two back-to-back concerts on a tour in support of the band's first-ever Christmas-theme album. But those seasonal charts ...

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Thelonious Monk Institute of Performance Jazz Ensemble

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Thelonious Monk Institute of Performance Jazz Ensemble
The Nash
Third Anniversary Concert
Phoenix, Arizona
November 18, 2015

An international jazz ensemble performed two polished concerts, including cameo sit-ins by New York drummer Lewis Nash, during the third anniversary weekend of The Nash concert venue that is named in his ...

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Kenny Barron’s Platinum Trio with George Mraz and Lewis Nash

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Kenny Barron's Platinum Trio with George Mraz and Lewis Nash
The Nash
Third Anniversary Concert
Phoenix, Arizona
November 17, 2015

Pianist Kenny Barron brought his Platinum Trio with bassist George Mraz and drummer Lewis Nash to perform two classy concerts as part of the third anniversary celebration of The Nash, ...

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Mesa Arts Center

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Mesa Arts Center
Mesa, Arizona
September 25, 2015

A sophisticated and engaging performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis was a meld of the trumpeter-leader's ongoing homage to jazz history plus the spark of original compositions from his current ...