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Take Five with Camila Ronza

Read "Take Five with Camila Ronza" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Camila Ronza Born on February 10, 1995, in São Paulo, Brazil. From an early age, she had contact with music because of her very musical family, who always inspired and encouraged her. As a child, she joined OSESP Children's Choir and performed as a solo singer, so she soon decided to be a ...

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Article: Live Review

Festa do Jazz 2020

Read "Festa do Jazz 2020" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Centro Cultural Belem Festa do Jazz 2020 Lisbon September 12-13, 2020 Festa do Jazz, celebration of jazz, is the annual meeting of the Portuguese jazz community. It is normally held end of March/begin of April. For many years it took place in old glory theatre São Luis Municipal in the Baixa-Chiado ...

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Article: Album Review

Marja Mortensson: Mojhtestasse

Read "Mojhtestasse" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The passing on of musical tradition is fundamental to any culture, but so too is innovation, which breathes new life into old ways. Mojhtestasse, the second album by Norwegian south Saami singer Marja Mortensson, continues her revival of the yoik tradition--a unique, chant-like vocalisation--that has been dormant in her family for several generations. Mortensson's wordless chant-cum-improvisations ...

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Article: Interview

Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map

Read "Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The Baku Jazz Festival has been a labor of love for its founder and Artistic Director, Rain Sultanov. And, like most love stories, there have been a few bumps along the road. Thirteen editions in, however, the Baku Jazz Festival is well established as one of the highpoints of Azerbaijan's annual cultural calendar. It mightn't draw ...

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Article: Live Review

European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases

Read "European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB); Livraria Ler Devagar European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018 Lisbon, Portugal September 13-15, 2018 European Jazz Conference Lisbon 2018: Portuguese showcases This year's annual European Jazz Conference, a convention organized by the European Jazz Network, took place at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in the Portuguese capital ...

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Article: Live Review

European Jazz Conference 2018

Read "European Jazz Conference 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson


European Jazz Conference 2018 Centro Cultural de Belém jny: Lisbon, Portugal September 13-15, 2018 It was on the very edge of South-Western Europe, in Lisbon, that the European Jazz Conference celebrated its fifth annual gathering. The three hundred plus delegates from thirty five countries who convened in the Centro Cultural ...

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Article: Album Review

Joe Zawinul: Faces and Places

Read "Faces and Places" reviewed by Kris Perdew


It is reassuring and life-affirming to hear in Faces and Places, a return to form for Joe Zawinul at age 70. On this album, the Austrian-born keyboardist revisits many of the themes he originally unveiled with his famous collective Weather Report three decades ago. On this exceptional set, Zawinul is joined by Cameroonian bassist and singer ...

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Article: Album Review

Carlos Bica & Azul featuring Frank Möbus and Jim Black: More Than This

Read "More Than This" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Azul, comprising Portuguese bassist Carlos Bica, guitarist Frank Möbus from Germany and drummer Jim Black from New York, is one of those trios around with a highly notable profile and characteristic signature. No doubt many dedicated music lovers will have their own history with this group that has been active now for more than 20 years. ...

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Article: Album Review

Guinga: Porto da Madama

Read "Porto da Madama" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Brazilian music is an immediately recognizable genre with a distinct sense of melancholy underlying its beautiful melodies and harmonies. Indeed, the poetic lyrics, the soft edges of the language itself and the particular chordal colorings chosen virtually define that which is “Brazil." Although this exceedingly attractive music has naturally been picked up by musicians ...


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