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Robin Eubanks with the John Toomey Trio at the Attucks Jazz Club

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Robin Eubanks was scheduled to play The Attucks Jazz Club in jny:Norfolk 2 years ago but was upended by the Covid shutdown. He was finally able to appear with John Toomey on piano, Jimmy Masters on bass and Brian Jones on drums, and the wait was well worth it. Eubanks brother Kevin Eubanks was the musical ...


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Jae Sinnett Quartet at WHRO Studios

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WHRO is the home of public radio and television in the jny:Norfolk and environs area. As a way of thanking their donors this past year Jae Sinnett and company Terry Burrell, Allen Farnham, Steve Wilson and Randy Brecker performed a Christmas concert for around 100 patrons in the WHRO studios which was recorded and will be ...


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Diane Schuur at the American Theater

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Add to pianist/vocalist Diane “Deedles" Schuur's, resume comedian as she had the audience of a little over a hundred in stitches during her stories between songs. Whether it was about flying first class years ago for the free booze, (she's been sober for 33 years, a feat she is, and should be, extremely proud of), landing ...


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Buster Willams' Quartet at the Perry Pavilion

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Bassist Buster Williams decided after 30 years as a side man to the greats to step up and present his own music and his own musical ideas. In 1990 he formed Something More and has traveled the world and the United States numerous times including the first international jazz festival in jny:Moscow. The Virginia Arts Festival ...


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Nate Smith: A Drummer's Life

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Nate Smith can't sit down! After headlining with two of his bands at the 2022 Newport Jazz Festival, The Fearless Flyers and Nate Smith + Kinfolk he is off to New York for a one week run at the Blue Note followed by jny: Los Angeles, Europe and then back to the United States where he ...


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Tierney Sutton with the Jae Sinnett Trio at Good Vibes

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No list of great female jazz vocalists would be complete without Tierney Sutton being on it. Whether she is interpreting the great American songbook, singing the beautiful songs of Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman, or paying homage to Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, and Sting, Sutton pulls the listener into her world of fast swing and tender ...


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Gary Thomas with the John Toomey Trio at Robin Hixon Theater

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Saxophonist Gary Thomas has been called “one the most original saxophone voices of his generation" and not only is he in high demand in jazz but has worked with some of the top rap artists and orchestras performing today. More than just a first-call sideman, Thomas has recorded 11 albums as a leader. Two ...


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Lori Williams and the John Toomey Trio at Old Dominion University

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Lori Williams, music educator, producer, song writer, actress, fabulous jazz and soul vocalist culminated a long weekend at Old Dominion University of master classes and performances with the jazz choir and jazz orchestra with a sold out Monday night show with the John Toomey Trio. Williams is making quite a name for herself in the soul-jazz ...


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Pat Metheny Trio at the Ferguson Center for the Arts

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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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Kenny Washington: From the Ninth Ward to the World Stage

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As a result of past visits to jny: Norfolk, Kenny Washington has amassed a large following of fans here, so it was no surprise that tickets sold out when the Virginia Arts Festival announced that he would be the first guest of the post-Covid season. As one of the best male jazz vocalist singing today, Kenny ...


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