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Joe Gransden's Big Band At Cafe 290

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Joe Gransden's Big Band
Cafe 290
Atlanta, GA
December 3, 2018

At a private evening in Atlanta, Kenny Banks played a 1912 Steinway B piano and Joe Gransden played his grandfather's trumpet and a fluegelhorn he has owned since childhood. In between Christmas tunes there was an interesting and enlightening question and ...

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Joshua Bowlus Trio at The Jazz Corner

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Joshua Bowlus Trio
The Jazz Corner
Hilton Head Island, SC
November 30 to December 1, 2018

As an introduction to his version of “For All We Know," Joshua Bowlus read out the lyrics while clicking his fingers loudly to lead the trio into a slow version of the 1934 ...

Celebrating the 2018 Super Fans

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You've seen them around. They're at all the gigs, their attention focused deeply on the bandstand, as much a part of their local jazz scenes as the musicians and venues. They know and love the music, and musicians love them back. These passionate music-goers are the super fans, and they are an essential part of the ...

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Al Sergel: Alfred Sergel IVtet

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The first recording of new material made by any group of musicians is always an adventure. The journey this EP made was tempered organically, over time. It started two years ago with a collection of short memo recordings on composer Al Sergel's iPhone in late night places after gigs, which were enthusiastically received by friends.

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Kevin Bales's Beyond The Neighborhood: The Music Of Fred Rogers at Jazz Corner

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Kevin Bales with Keri Johnsrud
The Jazz Corner
Hilton Head Island, SC
November 16-17, 2018

Fred Rogers was best known for his pre-school television series “Mister Roger's Neighborhood" which ran for over fifty years, but he was also a gifted musician, winner of a Grammy award, composer of hundreds of ...

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Martin Lesch Band at The Jazz Corner

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Martin Lesch Band
The Jazz Corner
Journey through Jazz to Rhapsody in Blue
Hilton Head Island, SC
November 12, 2018

On a rainy Monday night in South Carolina, people faced a difficult choice: whether or not to leave the house to hear Martin Lesch play piano at The Jazz ...

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Larry Fuller Trio at The Jazz Corner

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The Lary Fuller Trio
The Jazz Corner
Hilton Head Island, SC
November 9-10, 2018

The Larry Fuller Trio came into Hilton Head, SC from jny: Asheville to play The Jazz Corner. Next stop for them is home to jny: New York City then jny: Denver, jny: Las Vegas, and out ...

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Jazz for all Ages at Sonesta Resort

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Sonesta Resort
Jazz for all Ages
Hilton Head Island, SC
November 2-5, 2018

It takes a few years for a jazz festival to define its character and purpose. Now, in its fifth year, the jazz festival on Hilton Head Island, SC, has achieved both goals. The character of the festival ...

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The Joe Doubleday Quartet at The Jazz Corner

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The Joe Doubleday Quartet
at The Jazz Corner
Hilton Head Island, SC
October 26-27, 2018

Born in Oklahoma, Joe Doubleday graduated from Berklee and won a masters from Julliard so he is Dr. Joseph Doubleday, a man working hard to emulate the music of Lionel Hampton, always learning while achieving ...

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New York Nights At Birdland Theater And Mezzrow

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On West 44th street in midtown Manhattan, Johnny Valenti recently inaugurated the new Birdland Theater, which has been built downstairs, below his Birdland club. The seating is arranged with two chairs at each round table, the rearmost of which are high tops, ensuring a clear view of the well lit stage from every table in the ...