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W&E Swing: Moonshine

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Through a chance meeting at a weekly jam session at Round Guys Brewery in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, a group of musicians became friends and began to gel as a group. The jam organizer Mike Mahomet, has a small recording studio blocks away and invited the talented group to record some tunes. The group known as W&E Swing ...

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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint in Lansdale, PA

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Preservation Hall and Allen Toussaint
The Oh Yeah! Tour
Lansdale Community Concerts
Lansdale, PA
October 18, 2014

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is on the roll again, and this time they have company. The venerable fifty year old band is on a thirty-eight city tour sharing ...

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Hot Club of Philadelphia: Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

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Gypsy jazz has had a resurgence of late with Hot Club bands and Django Reinhardt-style guitar strummers and pickers popping up in major cities world-wide. Philadelphia boasts one of the hottest of these bands-- The Hot Club of Philadelphia. More than a Django cover band, this group adds a gypsy twist to a multitude of tunes ...

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Alexis P. Suter Band at Gwynedd Mercy University

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Alexis P. Suter Band
Women in the Blues
Gwynedd Mercy University
Gwynedd Valley, PA
February 7, 2014

A frozen night in Pennsylvania was made immensely warmer when the Alexis P. Suter Band took the stage at Gwynedd Mercy University in suburban Philadelphia. The bass-voiced blues diva electrified the crowd ...

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band: That's It!

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Fifty years is a long time to carry the torch of the music of others and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has done just that with class, joviality, and a sense of purpose to preserve traditional New Orleans jazz music. In a step away from their mission of preservation, the band has created new music in ...

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Pennsylvania Blues Festival 2013

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22nd Pennsylvania Blues Festival
Blue Mountain Ski Resort
Palmerton, PA
July 26-28, 2013

For the past 22 years, veteran festival producer Michael Cloeren has thrown a weekend party in the Pocono mountains, playing host to fifteen of his favorite blues musician friends and their bands and inviting a few thousand avid fans of the ...

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Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker

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James Booker
Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
Lily Keber
2013

Ask jazz fans outside of New Orleans if they have heard of James Booker and most will lean back, rub their chin and say they know they have heard the name. Unless you lived in Europe in the ...

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Bonerama: Shake It Baby

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Bonerama is fun. Bonerama is powerful. And in their first full-length studio CD, they have made a switch from their previous live recordings of brass-infused funk to brass infused-rock. Along with the ever present trio of trombones, the bands guitarist, Bert Cotton, has stepped up to the front line to become a major player with his ...

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Jim Holton: Philadelphia, PA, March 7, 2013

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Jim Holton
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
March 7, 2013

It's not often that one would want to cover a senior recital, but the rules change when the senior music student is fifty-two year old Philadelphia piano great Jim Holton. Holton took a thirty-year break from his studies at Temple University's famed jazz program to play ...

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Dave Ferrato: Later, On Decatur

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Dave Ferrato is a musician's musician who has been buried deep in the New Orleans club scene for the last 30 years. The guitarist/songwriter has developed a keen eye for the underside of the Crescent City and is able to share this world through simple and elegant tunes that have been well orchestrated on Later, On ...