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Kamasi Washington, Trombone Shorty and George Clinton Kickoff a New Season of Outdoor Music

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The jny: New York City summer music season kicked off with a series of extravagant concerts that turned out large crowds to the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park and Central Park SummerStage presentations. The comfortable temperatures and low humidity created perfect conditions for outdoor events. Perhaps, the crowds were also buoyed by a collective sense ...

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The Magical Realism of Valerie June

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Valerie June is something of an enigma. She has an earthiness and pragmatism, befitting someone who grew up in small-town Tennessee. At other times, she conveys a child-like innocence and sense of wonder. June is also a cosmic dreamer in pursuit of harmony in the universe. She is also a first-rate artist who has released three ...

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Allison Russell Brings Survivors' Joy To The New York City Winery

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Allison Russell is one of this year's most improbable success stories and perhaps it's most endearing. The singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist is a veteran of folk and roots bands including Po' Girls and Birds of Chicago. Both bands have enjoyed a measure of critical acclaim but have had only modest success. Russell also joined Our Native Daughters, a ...

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A Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith

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The great master of the Hammond B3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith, passed away in September 2021 at 79. Smith enjoyed a more than 50-year career at the vanguard of soul jazz. His influence extended far beyond that genre to electronic, hip-hop, and funk artists. Smith remained at the peak of his powers as a musician and ...

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The Bill Frisell Trio+1 at Roulette in Brooklyn

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Bill Frisell brought his Trio to Roulette in Brooklyn on Friday (May 27, 2022). He has a lengthy history with the venue dating back to his early days in New York City (late 1970s/early 1980s) when Roulette was situated in lower Manhattan and served as a forum for up-and-coming adventurous artists. On this occasion, the Trio ...

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Wilco Celebrates the Twentieth Anniversary of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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Wilco has been touring celebrating the 20th anniversary of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (YHF); their fourth album is often heralded as their masterpiece. The album has an interesting backstory recounted in the documentary I am Trying to Break Your Heart named after the opening song on the album. I caught the final performance of a five-night stand ...

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Ancient To The Future: Fatoumata Diawara At Carnegie Hall

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Fatoumata Diawara was a featured performer at the Journey into Afrofuturism Festival, organized by Carnegie Hall on Friday, March 4. It is a (NY) city-wide festival “where music, visual arts, science fiction, and technology intersect to imagine alternate realities and a liberated future viewed through the lens of Black cultures." Chimurenga Renaissance, a Zimbabwean-centered hip-hop collective, ...

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Mdou Moctar At The Brooklyn Academy Of Music Opera House

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Mdou Moctar has a reputation for engrossing live performances and this concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House (BAM) on Friday, 25 February, was no exception. He is riding the crest of the popularity of his most recent album, the excellent Afrique Victime, (Matador Records) which made end-of-year best album lists for 2021 in ...

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The Compelling Urgency of Now: Celebrating Peace, Justice and Improvised Music

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Arts for Arts, the organization responsible for the Vision Festival, has put together a series of “Peace and Justice Celebration" concerts at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center situated on the Lower Eastside of Manhattan in jny: New York City. I was fortunate to attend a performance on October 15, 2021 which was the ...

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Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries

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COVID-19 has decimated the live music business and left many jazz musicians without the much-needed income from gigs. The absence of live music has been partially compensated for by livestream performances and a small number of outdoor gigs, including those supported by the Arts for Arts group. Nevertheless, feel-good stories have been few and far between ...


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