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Baptiste Trotignon

Born near Paris in 1974, Baptiste Trotignon grew up in the Loire region, outside Saumur. His parents started him on the violin when he was six, but two years later he gave it up in favor of (what else? ) the piano! His classical training began at the age of nine, and a few years later he joined the Nantes Conservatory, where he won prizes for piano and composition. In his teenage years, he discovered and taught himself jazz and improvisation, performing his first concerts at the age of sixteen. In 1994 he appeared as actor and musician in Alain Corneau’s film “Le Nouveau Monde”, deciding to move to Paris the following year

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Fiftieth Anniversary Blue Notes for September

Read "Fiftieth Anniversary Blue Notes for September" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Blue Note fiftieth anniversaries, as usual, on this first show of the month: Reuben Wilson (A Groovy Situation), McCoy Tyner (Asante) and Jimmy McGriff (Something to Listen to). And there's another James P. Johnson Blue Note single (BN-26) that includes “Caprice Rag" (piano players, pay attention). We've also got 21st century music from the U.K.'s Sarah ...

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The French Scene - Part 3

Read "The French Scene - Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As we continue our journey in today's French jazz scene, we look at how it has been influenced by the many musical traditions that enrich the French society, in particular those from North Africa and the Middle-East, courtesy of Yacine Boularès, Ibrahim Maalouf, Naïssam Jalal, Smadj and Sophie Alour with Mohamed Abozekry and Wassim Halal). To ...

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Jim Black, Danilo Gallo, Alabaster DePlume, Jeremy Cunningham & Other New Releases

Read "Jim Black, Danilo Gallo, Alabaster DePlume, Jeremy Cunningham & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In the second part of this week's exploration of new and upcoming release [for the first part click here] we focus, in particular, on the work of drummer Jim Black with his new trio and as a member of the outstanding band Dark Dry Tears led by Italian bassist Danilo Gallo, and on another batch of ...

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2019 Winter JazzFest: The Out of Towners

Read "2019 Winter JazzFest: The Out of Towners" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Read Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide while listening to this program. New York may have the highest density of daily jazz performances in the world, but they mostly feature the countless, and very busy, musicians that belong to the local scene. The Winter JazzFest has traditionally offered a very welcome opportunity to ...

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2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

With each passing year, Winter JazzFest—New York's premiere jazz festival—has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

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International Jazz Day - Paris, France - April 30, 2015 - Join the celebration!

International Jazz Day - Paris, France - April 30, 2015 - Join the celebration!

On April 30, 2015, the world will celebrate the fourth edition of International Jazz Day. In parallel with hosting UNESCO's ongoing 70th Anniversary celebration, Paris, France will serve as the International Jazz Day 2015 Global Host City. This special designation recognizes the historically significant influence that Paris, and more broadly France, has had on jazz music ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2014

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2014" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Ambrose Akinmusire By Invitation Tigran By Invitation Tord Gustavsen Quartet / Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana, Mehliana June 26-July 6, 2014 There simply isn't a festival in the world like the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Where else in the world can you ...

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Clovis Nicolas: Nine Stories

Read "Nine Stories" reviewed by Gabriel Medina Arenas

Ron Carter's judgment regarding the talent of a fellow double bassist can't be wrong. The acclaimed musician, who has recorded more than 2,500 albums and was a fundamental member of the Miles Davis Quintet, highly praises the sound and compositions of Clovis Nicolas. Carter wrote the liner notes to Nicolas' Nine Stories, the first ...

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The 23nd Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, February 21-24, 2012

The Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, in its 23rd year, is one of the most prominent and important jazz events in Israel. It has gained a reputation in Israel and abroad for attracting both Israeli and international jazz personalities, and is also well known for its special music projects. However, its main appeal is the exciting annual ...


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