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Article: Catching Up With

Makaya McCraven: In The Moment to In These Times

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Makaya McCraven needs a coffee--fast. It's 4pm and he's crashing. It will be his third of the day. His first caffeine hit, consumed on stage six hours earlier, was a chemical necessity; McCraven was drinking at a nearby Irish pub until the early hours and nearly missed his early morning panel talk appearance alongside fellow percussion ...

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Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2023

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Big Ears Festival Knoxville, Tennesse March 30-April 2, 2023 The second full edition after the pandemic found the Big Ears Festival still growing in attendance. Organizers responded by increasing the number of venues, including new ones like the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and ones that had not been used for some time, ...

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Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2022

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Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 24-27, 2022 The Big Ears Festival found ways to continue virtually during the pandemic—most notably by sponsoring the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival—but there is no substitute for the big glorious eclectic event that is the in-person festival. Past festivals have usually opened with a big kickoff ...

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News: Recording

Grammy Award-Winning Record Producer Charlie Peacock Releases New Jazz Album, 'Trout Creek Ranch,' Available March 5th, 2021

Grammy Award-Winning Record Producer Charlie Peacock  Releases New Jazz Album, 'Trout Creek Ranch,' Available March 5th, 2021

A unique collection of solo piano compositions and improvisations from the producer of Chris Cornell, The Civil Wars, Holly Williams, Ben Rector, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and The Lone Bellow. Grammy award-winning record producer Charlie Peacock adds another solo piano chapter to his diverse musical story, Trout Creek Ranch, his 5th jazz recording (3/04/21). The album was ...

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Article: Live Review

The Bad Plus at Bijou Theatre

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The Bad Plus Bijou Theatre From Big Ears, Part 2 Knoxville, TN December 4, 2020 The Bad Plus kicked off the virtual concert series “Sites & Sounds from Big Ears" with their October 9th concert streamed from Knoxville's historic Bijou Theatre. This second installment began with a point of view ...

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News: Education

Jazz Education Nonprofit Partners With World-Renowned Jazz Musicians

Jazz Education Nonprofit Partners With World-Renowned Jazz Musicians

Jazz Empowers, a national nonprofit bringing jazz programs to students in underserved schools, announced the founding of their advisory board. The advisory board is comprised of some of the top jazz musicians in the world and will provide expert advice to Jazz Empowers staff as they continue to develop best practices in teaching students jazz. The ...

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News: Performance / Tour

E.S.P. "Live In The Midwest" Tour Announced

E.S.P. "Live In The Midwest" Tour Announced

E.S.P. is brewing an exciting concoction of original modern jazz infused with spicy Latin beats and seasoned with funky grooves. Originating from central New York, this quartet has passionately pursued creating new music for decades collecting three consecutive “Best Jazz Album of the Year” awards along the way. Always searching for a new challenge, E.S.P. performs ...

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Article: Live Review

Elton John at the FedEx Forum

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Elton John FedEx Forum Farewell Yellow Brick Road Memphis, TN October 30, 2019 The New York Times movie critic A. O. Scott made what seems an antithetical remark regarding Elton John when reviewing Dexter Fletcher's stylized biopic Rocket Man (New Republic Pictures, 2019): “But the point of “Rocketman" ...

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Article: Live Review

40th Annual Blues Music Awards at Cook Convention Center

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40th Annual Blues Music Awards Memphis Cook Convention Center Memphis, Tennessee May 9, 2019 Mississippi writer David L. Cohn, in his 1948 book, Where I was Born and Raised (Houghton, Mifflin), defines the length of the Mississippi Delta thusly: The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody ...

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Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2019

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Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 21-24, 2019 The major focus of this year's Big Ears Festival was a celebration of ECM Records' 50th anniversary, which included a number of live performances (representing both the main label and the classical music imprint ECM New Series) as well as a panel ...


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