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Jazztopad 2014, Three World Premieres

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Jazztopad jny:Wroclaw, Poland November 13-15, 2014 Jazztopad enters its second decade with confident stride. The festival has come a long way in the first ten years, evolving, experimenting and growing as any good festival should. In 2014, Jazztopad stands as an internationally renowned festival with a clearly defined ethos, one that combines a strong respect for the traditions and roots of the music with a progressive vision that provides a platform for the contemporary and innovative. The name Jazztopad translates as 'Jazz in November." It's maybe not the most inspired name but for the ...

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Styx at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Styx NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY November 14, 2014 Styx is a rock band from America's heartland (Chicago) whose music blends the best part of rock, power pop, prog-rock, art-rock, arena rock with a touch of classical composition. The band originally consisted of brothers Chuck (bass) and John Panozzo (drums), Dennis DeYoung (vocals, keyboards), guitarists/vocalists, James “JY" Young and John Curulewski. Following Curulewski's departure and the arrival of guitarist Tommy Shaw, the band achieved its greatest success in the late '70s and early '80s. By the mid '80s, both Shaw and DeYoung had left ...

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Fitz and the Tantrums at The Space at Westbury

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Fitz and the Tantrums The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY November 11, 2014 Following an impressive opening set by Alan Wilkis' electronic music project, Big Data (who played an excellent version of its chart topping hit “Dangerous" and a fantastic cover of Hall & Oates' “Private Eyes"), with an all ages audience crowding the stage at Westbury, NY's The Space, the Los Angeles-based neo-pop/funk/soul group Fitz and the Tantrums blasted through a seventeen song set of high octane songs. High energy lead singers Michael Fitzpatrick (Fitz) and Noelle Scaggs danced ...

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Kitty la Roar and Nick Shankland at Scarfe's Bar

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Kitty la Roar and Nick Shankland Scarfe's Bar London November 13, 2014 With her elegance and style, Kitty la Roar cuts a beautiful, diminutive figure, gracing Scarfe's Bar in The Rosewood Hotel. La Roar is a singer whose confidence is growing, and with it the quality of her voice. La Roar can do quiet, and she does do quiet, but she can also do loud and strong. Her voice has developed a quality which gains the attention of even the most inconsiderably engrossed talkers in the venue. La Roar is ...

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Tampere Jazz Happening 2014

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Tampere Jazz Happening Tampere, Finland October 30--November 2, 2014 On the way from the airport to the city of Tampere you pass by Nokia, situated fifteen kilometres west of Tampere, the Scandinavian city famous for its gumboots and cables, and famous for its mobile phones. For a while 'Nokia' was synonymous with mobile phone. When you arrive in Tampere you can immediately recognize the industrial character and history of the town. The Finnish territories were industrial late-bloomers but when the industrial revolution started, Tampere was at its centre. The city rapidly grew into ...

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Pat Metheny Unity Group at Centrepointe Theatre

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Pat Metheny Unity Group Centrepointe Theatre Ottawa, Canada November 12, 2014 “Every time we're planning a tour," he said to the near-sellout crowd at Ottawa, Canada's Centrepointe Theatre, “I always ask 'are we going to play Ottawa?' You think I'm joking..." It's not often that the opportunity arises to catch a group near the beginning and end of a year-long world tour but, after seeing guitarist Pat Metheny's Unity Group at Stavanger, Norway's Mai Jazz Festival in early May, 2014, a second opportunity arose to catch the group's tour in support of Kin ...

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November Music 2014

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November Music s' Hertogenbosch November 8-9, 2014 November Music is a festival of contemporary music, new music in the broadest sense, held in the medieval town of s'-Hertogenbosch in the southeast of The Netherlands and home of painter Jheronimus Bosch (1450-1516). Besides the core of contemporary composers' music there are neighboring branches such as experimental pop, sound art/sound installations, as well as jazz and free improvised music presented during five days in the first week of November. Concerts are spread throughout the city, with the transformed old rusk and cookie factory of Verkade at the center. ...



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