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Detroit Jazz Festival 2018

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Detroit Jazz Festival
Downtown Detroit
Detroit, Michigan
August 31-September 3, 2018

Over the course of its 39 year history, the largest free jazz festival in North America has seen its shares of up and downs. It once swelled to a five-day event starting on the Thursday evening before Labor Day and ...

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Vision Festival 2018

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23rd Annual Vision Festival
Roulette
New York, NY
May 23-28, 2018

Introduction The Vision Festival somewhat surprisingly but reassuringly stands proud as the longest-lived annually produced jazz festival in New York. While the central plank remains what the Festival terms avant jazz, it's interspersed with poetry, dance, art, and ...

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Abdullah Ibrahim at the Michigan Theater

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Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya
Michigan Theater
A Tribute to the Jazz Epistles
Ann Arbor, Michigan
April 13, 2018

Back in the fall of 2015, the University Musical Society had the rare opportunity to present the legendary South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim in one of his rare U.S. appearances. So when ...

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38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

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38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan
September 1-4, 2017

Those of us who have been following jazz music for a long time know that there are definite changes in the landscape these days that are having a major impact on the music scene. For starters, we recently have ...

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Abullah Ibrahim at SFJAZZ

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Abdullah Ibrahim
SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA
April 29-30, 2016

At 81, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, is still going strong, something he proved during a remarkable tour-de-force performance which spanned four nights at SFJAZZ in San Francisco.

For the first two evenings (Thursday and Friday), Ibrahim appeared in the company of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Ensemble musikFabrik, Etienne Charles, Pulverize The Sound & Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora

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Ensemble musikFabrik
Avery Fisher Hall
July 20, 2013

Karlheinz Stockhausen and Sun Ra must surely vie for the stellar position of most cosmically attuned composer within the bounds of the omniverse. Stockhausen's Licht is arguably his major work, at least in terms of sheer scale. It's a seven-day-long operatic ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sean Conly / Alex Harding / Darius Jones / Chad Taylor: Grass Roots

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From the start of the track “Hotttness" the organized chaos is at first unsettling, yet gives way to a tight hook in the exceptional debut Grass Roots by a newly formed collective who sound like they've been playing together for decades. The two lead voices consist of alto saxophonist wunderkind Darius Jones ( Man'ish Boy (A ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Francisco Mora Catlett: Afro Horn MX

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Francisco Mora Catlett

Afro Horn MX

AACE Records

2012

When Afro-Mexican Drummer Francisco Mora Catlett first came to this country in the1970s, he dreamed of playing drums for the Sun Ra Arkestra. Not only did Mora achieve his dream, he also forged a lifelong relationship with drum legend Max Roach, which ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

David Murray Big Band @ Birdland, NYC, from Jan. 18 to 22

David Murray Big Band @ Birdland, NYC, from Jan. 18 to 22

From January 18 to 22 at 8.30pm and 11.00pm
Reservations: birdlandjazz.com or 212-581-3080 David Murray began writing for big band in 1978 in preparation for a concert at the Public Theatre in New York. At this time Loft Jazz was in full swing and David had surfaced as one of the progenitors of the new ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Melvin Gibbs presents Phree-dem Download 7: Osétura

Melvin Gibbs presents Phree-dem Download 7: Osétura

For week number seven of Melvin Gibbs' 10 week Monday free download series Mr.Gibbs releases a live track from his Liberation Theology band. Osétura features Alex Harding on baritone sax, John Medeski on keyboards and Graham Haynes on trumpet.This track is driven by a three person percussion group playing the bata drums of the Yoruba people ...