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Josh Lawrence Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Josh Lawrence Quintet Chris' Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA February 5, 2016 Josh Lawrence is a top-of-the-line, ascending trumpeter/composer/bandleader in Philadelphia and New York who in a few short years has three solo albums under his name, is a member of Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band and is co-founder of the hot new ensemble, the Fresh Cut Orchestra. He is also a member of Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound and an active ...

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Dave Liebman at Whelans

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Dave Liebman Whelans jny:Dublin, Ireland January 31, 2016 It was a full house at Whelans for NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman, and, it has to be said, an especially attentive crowd. In fact, the bar of this famous Dublin venue can rarely have had such a quiet evening, during the two plus hours of boldly improvised music. And the relative silence of the crowd throughout the concert was not so much the in-the-church-of- jazz ...

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Marina Crouse At The Sound Room

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Marina Crouse The Sound Room First Time Out Oakland, CA January 30, 2016 Talented East Bay vocalist Marina Crouse and her superb band lit up the intimate Sound Room with her distinctive brand of rhythm and blues on this chilly Saturday evening. The night was filled with a soulful blend of funky blues, ballads and original music with a few surprising twists thrown in. Guest vocalist Will Russ Jr. also contributed to the memorable ...

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Hamid Drake Carte Blanche at Bimhuis Amsterdam: PUNKT+ICP

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Hamid Drake, Punkt + ICP Bimhuis Carte Blanche Amsterdam January 23, 2016 World-renowned Amsterdam Bimhuis invited illustrious Chicagoan drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake for a carte blanche night on January 23rd. This article covers the event and adds some background notes. Hamid Drake frequently performs at this venue. To date he played Bimhuis 18 times in its 40 years of existence. When we consider this as well as his enormous musical range a festival would be ...

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Live From Old York: Lindi Ortega, Róisín Bán & 3*3 Sheffield

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Lindi Ortega The Duchess January 20, 2016 Just by token of being relative youngsters, singer-guitarist Ortega and her three comrades naturally lend country music a sense of dark irony and delicate subversion. It's always been a fine line between sour gothic Depressville and glitzy sham pop-ification, sometimes even with the latter extreme providing unexpected country chestnuts. Ortega may or may not still dwell in Nashville, but here she was, talking about the wintry ...

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Count Basie Orchestra at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

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Count Basie Orchestra Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Scottsdale, Arizona December 19, 2015 The Count Basie Orchestra solidified its 80-year reputation for strong swingability, inventive solo segments and supreme section cohesion during two back-to-back concerts on a tour in support of the band's first-ever Christmas-theme album. But those seasonal charts didn't dominate the program, instead were scattered like raisins in a melodic holiday pudding. Several soloists cleverly injected Christmas-song snippets into the band's expected ...

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David Lyttle at The MAC

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David Lyttle The MAC jny:Belfast January 22, 2016 The soft launch of Brilliant Corners 2016 (March 5-12) took place in Belfast's multi-million pound arts centre, The MAC, and featured Northern Ireland's internationally acclaimed drummer/composer David Lyttle--Moving On Music's Artist-In Residence at The MAC for 2016. The venue, however, was not one of The MAC's main theatres, but instead, a rather curious corner of the complex called The Studio. The Studio looked like an upended ...

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Septeto Nacional at the Brava Theater

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Septeto Nacional Brava Theater San Francisco, CA January 17, 2016 In 1927, Ignacio Pineiro formed a group to play Cuba's traditional son music, a genre germinated in the black communities of rural Cuba. Pineiro added a cornet player to add zest and appeal, and the band, the Septeto Nacional, really took off. While the band has dissolved only to be reborn a few times, his innovative creation, the son habanero so und, proved ...


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