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Michael League

Michael League is a Grammy Award-winning bassist, guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, label owner, and bandleader based out of Brooklyn, New York. As a military brat, he grew up all over the place. Michael attended the University of North Texas' jazz studies program for 4 years, then moved to nearby Dallas for another 3 years, where he worked with some of the most influential figures in modern gospel, R&B, and soul music, and was mentored by legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright (Miles Davis, Chaka Khan). Michael runs the band with a grass-roots approach to the changing music industry that seems crazy, but has worked

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Article: Live Review

Jazz At Juan-Les-Pins Festival 2022

Read "Jazz At Juan-Les-Pins Festival 2022" reviewed by Martin McFie


Pinède Gould Jazz à Juan Festival Juan les Pins, South of France July 6-19 2022 Juan-les-Pins is an elegant beach town near Antibes, in the South of France. The stage is set on the Mediterranean sea shore, surrounded by pine trees and sandy beaches. There is no backdrop, so the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hermeto Pascoal, Somi, Leo Genovese, Melissa Aldana & More New Releases

Read "Hermeto Pascoal, Somi, Leo Genovese, Melissa Aldana & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Somi's tribute to Miriam Makeba and a previously unreleased wild live recording by Hermeto Pascoal bookend an episode replete with beautiful new albums, with a special focus on Latin America, Caribbean and European artists.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Somi “House of the Rising Sun" ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Mareille Merck

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Meet Mareille Merck Mareille Merck is a guitarist and composer who was born in Germany and lives in jny: Zurich, Switzerland. She studied with Frank Möbus, Lionel Loueke, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Roberto Bossard and Kalle Kalima. At the young age of 25 she has already shared the stage with John McLaughlin and Michael League from Snarky Puppy. ...

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Article: Live Review

Umbria Jazz 2021

Read "Umbria Jazz 2021" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Perugia Varie sedi 09--18/07/2021 Fra i molti festival jazz che si sono affollati e sovrapposti nei mesi di giugno e luglio, probabilmente Umbria Jazz è quello che più ha sofferto della situazione pandemica. L'impossibilità di organizzare i concerti gratuiti nel centro storico, la mancanza di turismo, la defezione, anche all'ultimo minuto, di ...

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Article: Contributor News

Rinascita di primavera: una panoramica sui prossimi festival

Read "Rinascita di primavera: una panoramica sui prossimi festival" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Alla fine di aprile finalmente il via è arrivato. Gli organizzatori di festival e rassegne da tempo si erano rimboccati le maniche in fiduciosa attesa della ripartenza, affrontando gradualmente tutti gli aspetti organizzativi, economici, promozionali relativi alla loro programmazione. Sono stati sei i mesi di silenzio, di sosta forzata della musica dal vivo. Gli ultimi concerti ...

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Article: BackTracks

Live, Eclectic, And Electrifying

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Live albums. Love them, hate them, they are definitely a different animal from the studio album. It may be argued--especially with all of the tools available currently--that the “studio" recording is the means by which music can be crafted and honed into the most accurate representation of the artist's vision. And yes, live albums can be ...

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Article: Live Review

Montreux Jazz Artists Autumn of Music

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The Montreux Palace Autumn of Music Montreux Switzerland 12-17 October 2020 The obvious, burning question for Montreux Jazz Festival press officer Marc Zendrini, concerned plans for the Festival in 2021. He replied “We have safe possibilities for outside performance next summer, all along the lakefront. But for which artists, on what ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with TRi/O's Steve Shapiro, Dave Anderson and Tyger MacNeal

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Meet TRi/O TRi/O is a collaborative groove-based contemporary jazz & funk outing from three New York musicians: Steve Shapiro on vibraphone and mallet keyboards, virtuoso 5-string bassist Dave Anderson, and drummer Tyger MacNeal. Their combined credits comprise a long list of major jazz and pop artists—including Steely Dan, Ornette Coleman, Phil Collins, Spyro Gyra, Whitney Houston, ...

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Article: Interview

Luciano Linzi: ripartire dal Festival "CdJ Reloaded"

Read "Luciano Linzi: ripartire dal Festival "CdJ Reloaded"" reviewed by Paolo Marra


A marzo, durante i momenti peggiori della pandemia, nessun avrebbe scommesso sulla ripresa nel breve termine della programmazione dei festival jazz. Un percorso arduo e non privo di incognite affrontato—come nel caso della rassegna “Casa del Jazz Reloaded" prodotto dalla Fondazione Musica per Roma —con decisione, organizzazione e una buona dose di ottimismo. Il ...


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