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Article: Live Review

43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

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Part 1 | Part 2 43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Playhouse Sqaurejny:Cleveland, Ohio June 23-25, 2022 Not quite ten years ago in 2014, the Tri-C JazzFest morphed from a spring event held largely on campus to a summer happening in downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square. Like with most festivals, the ...

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Article: Album Review

Dan Bruce's Beta Collective: Time to Mind the Mystics

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A modern composer and guitarist, Dan Bruce spent a decade taking advantage of the Chicago jazz scene while working such rooms as The Green Mill and The Jazz Showcase. In addition to making his mark as a creative writer, he also spent time making music with such heavy hitters as Seamus Blake, Ali Jackson, and Dan ...

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Article: Album Review

Tony Monaco: Four Brothers

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The current state of recorded music is in flux in ways like it has never been before. Young audiences have fickle tastes and like to pick and choose tracks on streaming platforms. So the idea of an album being a complete and unique entity is a totally foreign idea to many listeners under 30. Nonetheless, the ...

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Article: Live Review

Joshua Redman: A MoodSwing Reunion at Hill Auditorium

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A MoodSwing Reunion Hill Auditorium University Musical Society's Jazz Series Ann Arbor, Michigan April 21, 2022 Back in the '80s and '90s, all the big record labels were pouring boat loads of cash into a younger generation of jazz wannabes that eventually became known as the Young Lions. In hindsight, ...

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Article: In Pictures

Wertico / Haque / Gray at the Bop Stop in Cleveland

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Blowing in from the Windy City, drummer extraordinaire Paul Wertico recently visited the Bop Stop in Cleveland for a performance on April 15, 2022. He brought with him the exemplary talents of guitarist Fareed Haque and bassist Larry Gray. Prior to the concert, Wertico led a masterclass for all musicians discussing ways to approach the art ...

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Article: Live Review

Goldings / Bernstein / Stewart Organ Trio at Cuyahoga Community College

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Goldings / Bernstein / Stewart Organ Trio at Cuyahoga Community College Tri-C Metropolitan Auditorium Cleveland, Ohio April 3, 2022 The fickle nature of the music business and the smaller draw of jazz related projects in general, bodes against the likelihood of any one jazz group keeping a regular cast in place ...

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News: TV / Film

The Harborfields High School Jazz Band celebrates community in premiering Alan Ferber's arrangement of Abdullah Ibrahim's 'The Wedding'

The Harborfields High School Jazz Band celebrates community in premiering Alan Ferber's arrangement of Abdullah Ibrahim's 'The Wedding'

In a time when isolation and distancing seemed to define school settings, the Harborfields High School Jazz Band sought to cut against the grain and promote the joys inherent in the communal nature of music and creative expression. In early 2021, the band’s director—veteran educator and noted jazz journalist Dan Bilawsky—decided to follow through on a ...

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Article: Live Review

Trefoil: Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis, and Gerald Cleaver at The Bop Stop

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Trefoil: Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis, and Gerald Cleaver Bop Stop jny:Cleveland, Ohio March 20, 2022 With a distinguished resume that includes his 2007 wins in both the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire still finds himself traveling under the radar ...

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Article: Live Review

Krantz, Carlock, Lefebvre At Bop Stop

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KCL: Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock, Tim Lefebvre Bop Stop Cleveland, OH February 25, 2022 Back in the late '90s, chameleon-like guitarist Wayne Krantz started building a reputation by banding together with bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Keith Carlock for a residency at The 55 Bar in New York. By sharing their ...

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Article: Year in Review

C. Andrew Hovan's Best Recordings of 2021

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Even as it seemed that jazz continued its trajectory into the outer limits, there was no lack of pure swinging excellence to experience this past year. Although many of these releases probably flew under the radar of jazz followers with wider ranging tastes, this reviewer always finds it necessary to remind us all how vital and ...


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