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Gilmore Keyboard Festival

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Gilmore Keyboard Festival
Kalamazoo, Michigan
April 25 to May 12, 2018

Thursday night is always the second night of the biennial Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Thursday night is also the first night for jazz, the festival putatively a classical music rollout with jazz confections, albeit well-considered, strewn throughout this 22-day cultural jewel based ...

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2018 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit

Read "2018 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

2018 Hope College Jazz Organ Summit featuring Tony Monaco, Gerard Gibbs, and Dr. Lonnie Smith
Hope College
Holland, Michigan
March 9-11, 2018

Back in the fall of 2016, a small liberal arts college on the banks of Lake Michigan decided to serve as the epicenter of activity aimed at gaining more ...

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Ben Allison: Between Groove and Melody

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Bassist, bandleader, educator and composer, Ben Allison is one of the leading players of the world stage. During the past twenty years he has released twelve records and led various bands, performed on more than thirty albums, co-founded The Jazz Composers Collective, and served as its Artistic Director until its dissolution in 2005. In this conversation, ...

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Dr. Lonnie, Monaco & Gibbs: Hope College’s Jazz Organ Summit

Dr. Lonnie, Monaco & Gibbs: Hope College’s Jazz Organ Summit

By C. Andrew Hovan The old saying goes that everything old is new again. The same can also be said for the current resurgence in the use of the Hammond organ. Although the instrument never really went out of style with jazz practitioners, a new crop of players are dedicating themselves to advancing the vernacular established by ...

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Ben Allison: tra groove e melodia

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Il bassista e compositore Ben Allison è uno dei principali bandleader della scena contemporanea. Negli ultimi vent'anni ha pubblicato 12 album a capo di vari ensemble, collaborato in trenta e più dischi e fondato il Jazz Composers Collective. Dotato di una personale vena creativa, Allison compone brani d'inconfondibile freschezza e raro appeal, che sono tra gli ...

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ECV: Sticks and Stones

Read "Sticks and Stones" reviewed by John Kelman

While a somewhat common secondary instrument for primarily electric guitarists including Vic Juris, Pat Metheny and Adam Rogers, there are but a handful of jazz six-stringers alive today who make the nylon-string acoustic guitar their main axe. Despite being known to pick up a warm-toned hollow body electric guitar when the need arises, jny: Ottawa, Canada-based ...

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2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

Soul Sugar: Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub)

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Phenomenal French band, Soul Sugar, comes through with what could surely be the best reggae album of 2017--Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub). True to its name, this album is full of funky, soulful reggae tunes, and each one has a delightful dub version as well.

Keyboard player Guillaume “Gee" Méténier, ...

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Tom Guarna: The Wishing Stones

Read "The Wishing Stones" reviewed by John Kelman

An unfortunate reality for too many musicians--even those who are well-known--is that most of their audiences are aware of but a portion of their true work...their fullest capabilities. Recordings only tell part of the story, since artists often tour with groups that are never documented. And even those tours, for those fortunate enough to experience them, ...

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Marquis Hill Blacktet at Scullers Jazz Club

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Marquis Hill Blacktet
Scullers Jazz Club
Boston, MA
August 26, 2017

We have a few places to stop and hear someone sling a horn in Boston, but Scullers Jazz Club has long been one of the best. It has better acoustics than the Regattabar, better drinks than the ...