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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2

2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Mike Stern: Half Crazy

Read "Mike Stern: Half Crazy" reviewed by Jim Worsley

SoCal Jazz is back from safari to the auspicious Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. A follow-up with guitarist Mike Stern was the primary itinerary for this trip. Trip is the name of Stern's new record, just in case you missed the play on words. Unfortunately, Stern had a trip of another kind in 2016. How ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Mike Stern: What A Trip

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"I never trip. I just don't. But then, it just happened." This is how Mike Stern began his story as he explained to my wife and I how it happened.

If you somehow missed it, “it" refers to the tumble Stern took in July of 2016. This accidental fall resulting in both shoulders being ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marius Preda: Mission Cimbalom

Read "Mission Cimbalom" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Rarely does an instrument come along with a band leader that is so worthy of attention for bringing a new and unheard sound to the world of jazz. With Mission Cimbalom, Marius Preda has accomplished both in one album. Preda performs on a cimbalom, which is a concert hammered dulcimer: a type of chordophone composed of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin - Concerto e Masterclass a Roma

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Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin
Forum Music Village
Live Session e Masterclass
Roma
26-27.03.2017

Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin, forti di una collaborazione che dura da oltre 40 anni, sono due dei musicisti più direttamente legati alla musica fusion, genere che ha imperversato per almeno due decenni a partire ...

Tom Kennedy: Points of View

Read "Points of View" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Tom Kennedy is one of those behind-the-scenes players who's been all over the place in the jazz world. His bass is adaptable to just about any context, simple or tricky; he's been recruited for a solid low end by players from crooner Tania Maria to prog wizard Derek Sherinian. One of his steadiest ongoing stints has ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Lee Ritenour at Scullers

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Lee Ritenour
Scullers
Boston, MA
October 4, 2015

Guitarist Lee Ritenour has made a career as such a versatile session man (with session work ranging from Joe Henderson to Pink Floyd) and has done so many smooth jazz and pop dates that hardcore jazz fans can be forgiven ...

Take Five with Oytun Ersan

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About Oytun Ersan
Oytun Ersan is a Cypriot electric bass and upright bassist, composer, instructor and conductor. At the early age of 15, Oytun joined the International Nicosia Municipality Orchestra as a bassist where he is still working for the past 20 years. During his career as a musician, Oytun has contributed to a ...

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International Jarek Smietana Jazz Guitar Competition 2015

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International Jarek Smietana Jazz Guitar Competition
jny:Krakow, Poland
July 1-4, 2015

Szymon Mika, a twenty-four year old Polish guitarist, won first prize in the inaugural International Jarek Smietana Jazz Guitar Competition, held in Krakow from 1-4 July. An international jury comprising John Abercrombie, Karol Ferfecki, Mike Stern, Wojciech Karolak, Ed Cherry, ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Jazz Cruising: A Recipe For Joy

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Blend well:
One mid-sized cruise ship with crew 100 or more jazz legends, go-to guys and young lions
About 2,000 diverse jazz fans
Assorted performance venues, about half a dozen
One big band
A small army of piano tuners
Ports of call (optional)
Top with musician interviews and jam ...