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ARTICLE: MIXCLOUD

Under an African spell & Dida Pelled live

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A little detour in our African exploration. This week we focus on music by non African musicians who have been inspired by Africa. And then we go in a completely different direction and interview the talented Israeli singer & guitarist Dida Pelled who visited our studio for a live performance.

Happy Listening!

ARTICLE: MIXCLOUD

Hanging With Corcoran Holt

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Welcome to the second installment of The Crazeology Radio Show on All About Jazz where I play a mix of new and old tunes with a focus on progressive jazz as well as songs with a beat. This week's show includes an interview with Kenny Garret's bassist Corcoran Holt where we discuss his new album The ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Omar Sosa

Jazz Musician of the Day: Omar Sosa

All About Jazz is celebrating Omar Sosa's birthday today!

Composer-pianist-bandleader Omar Sosa was born in 1965 in Camagüey, Cuba\'s largest inland city. At age eight, Omar began studying percussion and marimba at the music conservatory in Camagüey; in Havana, as a teenager, he took up piano at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Música, and completed ...

Omar Sosa: Es:sensual

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Cuban-born pianist Omar Sosa's music, be it presented in solo performances or conjured by a small-or medium-sized group, has always drawn on confidential mysticism. But that's not to say that his work doesn't lend itself to large-scale interpretation. With Ceremony (Otá Records, 2010) Sosa came out of the candlelit realms and shadows, bringing his music into ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Paolo Fresu: Magister Giotto

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Il 13 luglio di quest'anno in occasione dell'esposizione “Magister Giotto," ospitata dal 13 luglio al 5 novembre, alla Scuola Grande della Misericordia a Venezia, Paolo Fresu ha realizzato un album dal titolo omonimo. Un percorso musicale pensato per accompagnare il visitatore lungo gli spazi espositivi che regala emozioni anche oltre quel contesto. Fresu ha scelto alcuni ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

AJAZZGO Festival in Cali, Colombia

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AJAZZGO Festival
Cali, Colombia
September 12-17, 2017

September is jazz festival month in the South American nation of Colombia. Four major cities--Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla--and Pasto, a smaller provincial municipality--stage well-oiled multi-day events stocked with international and regional jazz talent. The five festivals work collaboratively to bring major artists to the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Stefano "Cocco" Cantini: direttore artistico del Grey Cat Jazz Festival

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Musicista assai apprezzato, grande interprete del sax tenore e, soprattutto, soprano, Stefano “Cocco" Cantini è nato e vissuto a Follonica, sulla costa maremmana, dove fin da giovane si è distinto per l'insegnamento e per la promozione della cultura musicale. In quest'ultimo campo la sua creatura più importante e duratura è il Grey Cat Festival, la principale ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Omar Sosa At SFJAZZ

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SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium
Omar Sosa Tour
San Francisco CA
April 21, 2017

Acclaimed pianist Omar Sosa quietly took the unlit stage with only a single candle providing limited illumination. He silently started his show with a solemn keyboard solo. Respected SF Bay Area percussionist and educator John Santos then entered from the opposite side ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Omar Sosa Residency at SFJAZZ

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Omar Sosa Residency
SFJAZZ
Spring Season
San Francisco, CA
April 21-23, 2017

“You don't really listen to an Omar Sosa concert so much as experience it. The Cuban-born pianist's overall demeanor exudes a sense of calm and deep reflection, while a spiritual connection to music and his ancestors comes ...