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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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Monterey Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Monterey Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Josef Woodard

Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey County Fairgrounds Monterey, CA September 27-19, 2019 It sometimes happens at the historic Monterey Jazz festival that the “main" and most memorable takeaways of a program occur away from the main arena stage. And so it went at the 62nd annual festival in September--at least to these ...

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ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival

Read "ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival" reviewed by John Ephland

Krannert CenterELLNORA: The Guitar Festival Champaign/Urbana, IL September 5-7, 2019 It takes place every other year; every odd year. Going back to 2005, ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival, held in the University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana' one-stop-shop Krannert Center, has been celebrating the works of an amazing array of plectrists from all walks ...

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An Urban Myth: Chris Potter Circuits Quartet feat. Craig Taborn at Porto's Casa da Música

Read "An Urban Myth: Chris Potter Circuits Quartet feat. Craig Taborn at Porto's Casa da Música" reviewed by Arian Bagheri Pour Fallah

Circuits the Record, Circuits the Quartet.The record Circuits (Edition, 2019) makes use of production as a means to architecturally bring to bay today's average, one may say alienated jazz listener, the “grooveland" referenced by Potter merely an excuse and hardly the verdict in this trial. It is a covered walk 'round new-fashioned, urban currents—skintight, ...

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Chris Potter Circuits Trio and the Kenny Garrett Quintet at San Francisco Jazz Festival

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Chris Potter Circuits Trio and the Kenny Garrett Quintet SFJAZZ San Francisco Jazz Festival San Francisco, CA June 21, 2019 It is unusual to find a double bill featuring two accomplished and well known v players. So it was a memorable occasion when Chris Potter and Kenny Garrett played ...

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Chris Potter Circuits al Blue Note Milano

Read "Chris Potter Circuits al Blue Note Milano" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Chris Potter Circuits Blue Note Milano 9.4.2019 L'ultimo album pubblicato da Chris Potter, Circuits, realizzato in compagnia di James Francies alle tastiere, Eric Harland alla batteria e Linley Marthe al basso, ci ha permesso di cogliere alcune sfaccettature della personalità del sassofonista che finora erano rimaste in secondo piano. In ...

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Pat Metheny at The Space at Westbury

Read "Pat Metheny at The Space at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Pat Metheny The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY April 4, 2019 Pat Metheny is considered as one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in jazz history. His musical canon is extensive. His playing fuses elements of modern, progressive, Latin jazz, blues, swing, improv and, of course, jazz fusion. Metheny counts ...

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Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson & Charles Mingus

Read "Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson & Charles Mingus" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Modern day jazz cat James Francies starts the 586th Episode of Neon Jazz with pure gusto on a song off his CD Flight. From there, we follow a trail of good with Pat Metheny, Beaver Harris and Moppa Elliot. We put a focus on both Jason Stein and Harry Vetro during the hour. Then, we pay ...

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The GroundUp Music Festival 2019

Read "The GroundUp Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

GroundUp Music Festival 2019 North Beach Bandshell, Park Stage Miami Beach, FL February 8-10, 2019 An internet acquaintance has a running post gag that she labels with #BecauseFlorida. In it she basically puts forth all of the unattractive, wacky and head-scratching reports that come out of the Sunshine ...

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Aaron Goldberg, John Coltrane and more

Read "Aaron Goldberg, John Coltrane and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week's episode of Neon Jazz opens with At the Edge of the World, the latest album by gifted New York City-based jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg. During the rest of the episode we feature music ranging from the feisty veteran Betty Carter to the richly talented Kansas City saxophonist Ernest Melton from his highly anticipated album ...


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