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James Francies

Even before moving to New York City in 2013, pianist James Francies had generated a well deserved buzz in the jazz arena. He is the youngest recipient of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) President's Youth Award, DownBeat Magazine awarded him twice for Composition and Jazz Arrangement, his band opened for the legendary Jazz Crusaders reunion and he performed at Monterey Jazz Festival. GRAMMY nominated pianist Taylor Eigsti describes Francies as, "poised to become a major voice on the instrument. He has the passion, creativity and ability to be a real leader amongst his generation." At 22, he keeps moving forward

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Mantova Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Mantova Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Mantova Jazz Festival Mantova, vari luoghi 13.10-10.11.2023 Giunto alla 43ma edizione, il jazz festival di Mantova continua a dimostrarsi attento agli sviluppi del jazz contemporaneo con programmi autorevolmente attrattivi, che presentano il meglio del panorama internazionale senza dimenticare i talenti locali. L'idea di fondo che ha guidato ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2023

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2023" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Quebec June 29-July 3, 2023 The 2023 festival continued the broad offering of free shows that was so prominent last year. They were frequently strong enough to vie with the ticketed concerts (which were also quite diverse and featured marquee artists from jazz and adjacent ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2023

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2023" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain


Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Quebec June 29-July 8, 2023 Not many cities like a party like Montreal, and the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (FIJM) has been the biggest party in Montreal since its inception in 1980. Not even smoke from wildfires in northern Quebec could obscure ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

James Francies, Graham Costello's Strata and Cameron Graves

Read "James Francies, Graham Costello's Strata and Cameron Graves" reviewed by Len Davis


Mark Lettieri from Deep:The Baritone Sessions, from the UK Svarc-Hanley-Longhorn, from Switzerland, Final Step from Disconnections , Funky sounds from Shane Theriot, from Still Motion, New York pianist James Francies from his Blue Note release Purest Form. Also, some jazz from drummer Bruce Ditmas, with guitarist John Abercrombie, Indonesian guitarist Tohpati from Maru. Closing it out ...

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New Gospel Revisited

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Intro; Law And Order; Walter Speaks (featuring Walter Smith III); The Believer; Oracle (featuring Kendrick Scott); New Gospel; Lullaby (featuring Joel Ross); Autumn; New Paths; A Portrait Of Fola; Perpetual (featuring Harish Raghavan); The Thump; Farewell (featuring James Francies).

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New Sounds from Slocum, Hill and Oveido

Read "New Sounds from Slocum, Hill and Oveido" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Featured on this week's show are new albums from Matt Slocum, Marquis Hill, Ariel Invernizzi Oviedo, Fishblot, Amos Gillespie, Avishai Cohen, and Jorge Garcia. There is also a track from improvisation “super-group" John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, and Steve Noble. Also included are archive choices from Stan Sulzmann and Tony Hymas, Joanne Brackeen and Mary ...

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Article: Album Review

Marquis Hill: New Gospel Revisited

Read "New Gospel Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


Chicago-born trumpeter Marquis Hill released his first album while still in college and in 2022, just over a decade later, he has retooled it on New Gospel Revisited, recorded live in his hometown with a fresh lineup and tweaked instrumentation. It is a terrific disc. Like his near contemporary and fellow trumpeter Christian ...

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Pat Metheny Trio at the Ferguson Center for the Arts

Read "Pat Metheny Trio at the Ferguson Center for the Arts" reviewed by Mark Robbins


Pat Metheny arrived at Newport News' Ferguson Center for the Arts on a cold and rainy Friday night to an audience willing to brave both the weather and Covid to hear live music again. Traveling with Metheny to promote his new album, Side-Eye NYC (Modern Recordings, 2021), was pianist/keyboardist/organist James Francies (who accompanies Metheny on the ...

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David Binney, Damien Erskine, James Francies, Per Mathison and Percy Jones

Read "David Binney, Damien Erskine, James Francies, Per Mathison and Percy Jones" reviewed by Len Davis


Continuing our look at new releases from 2021. Music from David Binney, Damien Erskine, Gary Meek, Burnt Belief and Percy Jones. Playlist David Binney"Modern Courtesy" from Aerial 2 (Mythology) 00:00 Damien Erskine"Beatrice" from In This Moment (Self Produced) 05:14 James Francies “713" from Purest Form (UMG) 10:18 Gary Meek “Move Out" from Monterey Groove ...


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