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Quincy Jones: An Evening With A Legend

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I love jazz! I love everything about it... the improvisation, syncopation, the forceful rhythm, and the fact that it is truly America's original art form. Its unique and innovative use of brass and woodwind instruments and the piano is jazz. And, it is as American as apple pie. Ask 100 different people “What is jazz?“ and you're likely to get 100 different answers. Its styles include Dixieland, swing, bebop, and free jazz. Jazz is America's classical music. It migrated from the early days of ragtime, and onward through swing, bop, and progressive jazz. Jazz music has ...

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Hanna Paulsberg: Home Grown Concept

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Norwegian saxophonist Hanna Paulsberg is slowly but surely building a reputation as one of the brightest young jazz musicians to have emerged from Norway in recent years. Her debut at the head of the Hanna Paulsberg Concept, Waltz for Lilli (Ora Fonogram, 2012) introduced a composer/musician with strong melodic and rhythmic sensibilities and made a convincing case for the HPC as a quartet worthy of wider international attention. Paulsberg's quartet is arguably more inclined towards the American tradition than many of its Norwegian contemporaries but that didn't stop it wining the Young Nordic Jazz Comets competition in Stockholm ...

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Jost Project Performs at Jazz Near You House Concert

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The Jost Project Jazz Near You Inaugural House Concert Lansdale, PA October 24, 2014 All About Jazz Founder and Publisher Michael Ricci recently innovated a world-wide program to facilitate and co-create musical events in the intimate setting of people's homes where the householders serve as hosts, hiring musicians to provide a day or evening of performance. The program will utilize the resources of Jazz Near You--an offshoot of All About Jazz which tracks and lists jazz events by geographical region--to bring together musicians with potential hosts, who will benefit by having ...

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Tony Miceli: Vibes Matter

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Tony Miceli is a long-time master vibraphonist who, until a few short years ago, was relatively unknown outside of the jny: Philadelphia area, when he started getting requests to perform and teach all over the world. Now, he is in demand in Ireland, South Korea, Argentina, and Australia, not to mention New York and the West Coast, and the list of places is growing every day. Miceli deserves the newfound renown. He is widely regarded by the cognoscenti, including vibraphonists Gary Burton and David Friedman, as one of the ascending masters of the instrument. His work with groups like Monkadelphia ...

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Jon Irabagon: Examining All The Angles

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Saxophonist Jon Irabagon likes challenges in music; likes attempting different things. He's not opposed to things traditional, but would prefer to come at music and sounds from different angles. He enjoys the journey; enjoys experiencing the results. At 35, he's on the go all the time, ubiquitous on the jny: New York City music scene. In the next minute, he's often off to Europe on tour with one of his own groups or playing as a sideman. Not long after he came to New York from jny: Chicago in 2001, he was there for the birth of Mostly ...

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I love jazz. Why do you?

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I started listening to jazz at an early age, thanks to my father and his record collection. He also took me to shows. I was 9 or 10 when I saw Maynard Ferguson and his band (circa Live at Jimmy's)... those guys knew how to dress! I played the trumpet in bands and junior phils for a dozen years and loved Music Minus One. I stopped playing in college but continued to collect jazz music (thousands of vinyl records turned into thousands of compact discs) and attend concerts and festivals. By the mid-1990s I decided to combine my ...

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Henry Threadgill: Very Very Threadgill 2014

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Henry Threadgill Harlem Stage Gate House Very Very Threadgill New York, NY September 27-28, 2014 Henry Threadgill isn't one to repeat himself. In nearly 40 years of recording, he's only repeated a few compositions. So why would a retrospective of his work by a mere recapitulation? Very Very Threadgill--held Sept. 27 and 28 at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse in upper Manhattan--was a tribute comprised of realizations, not reunions. Pieces from the past were re-imagined and bands reconfigured--to the extent that some players took the stage not for the music they'd had a hand ...



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