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Squeeze Live at the Tabernacle

Squeeze Live at the Tabernacle

BY DAVE DORKIN
October 19, 2019

Squeeze The Tabernacle Atlanta September 22, 2019 Squeeze emerged in the late-70s new wave rock scene but were always so much more than that implied. The band has long combined songwriting mastery which was comparable to that of the Beatles with a seamless amalgam of soul, blues, rock and even some jazzier flourishes (particularly in recent years). Unlike most of their peers, Squeeze never stopped evolving and manage the rare trick of updating ......

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The Avett Brothers with special guest Lake Street Dive at The Barclays Center

The Avett Brothers with special guest Lake Street Dive at The Barclays Center

BY MIKE PERCIACCANTE
October 19, 2019

The Avett Brothers with special guest Lake Street Dive The Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY October 5, 2019 The Avett Brothers' music is best described as a gumbo of Americana featuring a mélange of folk, pop, country and bluegrass with elements of rock and blues and a touch of jazz. Hailing from Mount Pleasant, NC, the Avett Brothers have been nominated for three Academy Awards and eight Americana Music Honors & Awards trophies. It has won ......

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Go: Organic Orchestra and Brooklyn Raga Massive at Painted Bride Art Center

Go: Organic Orchestra and Brooklyn Raga Massive at Painted Bride Art Center

BY GENO THACKARA
October 17, 2019

Go: Organic Orchestra and Brooklyn Raga MassivePainted Bride Art Centerjny: Philadelphia, PAOctober 6, 2019 While Philadelphia's Painted Bride Art Center has been presenting jazz, improvised and/or experimental music for half a century, it's still entirely possible this was the most sweepingly wide, boundary-defying cross-cultural performance the venue has ever seen. The sizable and amorphous Go: Organic Orchestra collective already serves up a fascinating kind of severe culture shock on its own, as demonstrated in several ......

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Recollections of an Oslo experience

Recollections of an Oslo experience

BY HENNING BOLTE
October 17, 2019

Oslo has its week-long Jazz Festival taking place in mid-August at Sentralen and various locations from bar to church to opera house and university auditorium in the Norwegian capital. This already indicates something of the variety of the presented music. This year's edition has been the last one under the thirteen-year aegis of bassist and festival director Edvard Askeland. He will be succeeded by Øyvind Skjerven Larsen, not a stranger to the international jazz world through his manifold national and ......

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Chucho Valdés With Kenny Garrett At SFJAZZ

Chucho Valdés With Kenny Garrett At SFJAZZ

BY HARRY S. PARISER
October 17, 2019

Chucho Valdés and Kenny Garrett SFJAZZ San Francisco Jazz Festival San Francisco, CA October 4, 2019 A commanding Cuban pianist, the stately Chucho Valdés is best known as the founder of legendary Cuban band Irakere. Kenny Garrett has played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and with the late Miles Davis, among others, but has gained notoriety for his work as a solo artist. Since his first recording in 1990, his awards and accolades have ......

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Galway Jazz Festival 2019

Galway Jazz Festival 2019

BY IAN PATTERSON
October 16, 2019

Galway Jazz Festival 2019 Various venues Galway, Ireland October 2-6, 2019 Bat song may be a first at a jazz festival, but then they do things differently here in Galway. Bats were in and plastic was out. No plastic laminates or cable ties, no plastic on outdoor advertising, no plastic wrapping on backstage food, and no plastic bottles were permitted by the organizers of GJF19. With carbon footprint awareness the name of the ......

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Ouch!

Ouch!

BY MR. P.C.
October 16, 2019

Dear Mr. P.C.: Should jazz musicians marry one another? —J.S. Dear JS: Here's something that may surprise you: Tone deafness is a dominant gene, which means the ability to carry a tune is recessive. Since most jazz artists--when forced to--can carry a tune, the ability to play jazz is probably also recessive. Genetics tells us that if jazz musicianship is recessive, two jazz musicians who marry and procreate have a ......

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Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation At The Kimmel Center

Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation At The Kimmel Center

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
October 15, 2019

Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Perelman Theater Philadelphia, PA October 11, 2019 Marcus Roberts is one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, coming up in the 1980s in Wynton Marsalis' band and since then more or less following Marsalis' emphasis on playing jazz classics rather than heading in new directions. He has developed a solid track record on his ......

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Ravi Coltrane Quartet at the New Hazlett Theater

Ravi Coltrane Quartet at the New Hazlett Theater

BY MACKENZIE HORNE
October 15, 2019

Ravi Coltrane Quartet New Hazlett Theater Pittsburgh, PA October 5, 2019 Since 2007, the Kente Arts Alliance (KAA) has worked diligently to underscore the relationship between the arts and community by providing accessible cultural programming within the city of Pittsburgh. KAA has hosted a number of elder jazz statesmen, including Hugh Masakela, Billy Harper, and Geri Allen, and next-generation voices such as James Carter, Antonio Hart, and Charenée Wade. Mensah Wali, a member of Kente's ......

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Hildur Gudnadottir: Telling Stories with Music

Hildur Gudnadottir: Telling Stories with Music

BY NENAD GEORGIEVSKI
October 15, 2019

Musician and composer Hildur Gudnadottir has spent the past decade creating some of the most unique and indelible music and film scores in modern memory. Much like her fellow Icelanders Jóhann Jóhannsson and Ólafur Arnalds, Gudnadóttir has been composing weighty and layered ambiances and soundscapes. Her solo work obliterates the line between contemporary classical music and improvisation thus sculpturing spontaneous inventions into mesmerizing and brooding compositions. Her arsenal is the cello called “omar" which is a prepared cello combined with ......

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12 Points Festival 2019

12 Points Festival 2019

BY HENNING BOLTE
October 12, 2019

Bimhuis 12 Points Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands September 25-28, 2019 Jazz, as a diverse and heterogeneous field by nature, is represented at each 12 Points edition by young musicians and groups (age 35) with a strong artistic profile and solid and attractive performance capabilities. The festival represents in a nutshell what the next generation is willing and able to contribute. The emphasis is not so much on assumed audience compatibility/acceptability but rather on originality, artistic challenge, ......

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Charlie Parr At Higher Ground

Charlie Parr At Higher Ground

BY DOUG COLLETTE
October 12, 2019

Charlie Parr Higher Ground Showcase Lounge South Burlington, VT October 3, 2019 Assuming the stage alone and without any introduction, beginning almost surreptitiously with “CC Rider," Charlie Parr quieted the noisy crowd in this venue's smaller room within roughly sixty seconds. He faced similar challenges throughout his roughly ninety-minutes in a Showcase Lounge filled with Thursday night early weekend rabble, but the Minnesota bluesman acquitted himself in high style before the evening was through. ......

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Chick Corea Trio Live: Food For Thought

Chick Corea Trio Live: Food For Thought

BY JIM WORSLEY
October 10, 2019

An all-you-can-listen-to two and a half-hour buffet was generously served up Wednesday night October 2nd, 2019 at the Balboa Theater in San Diego. Head chef Chick Corea prepared a tasty assortment of selections to be sampled and delightfully devoured throughout both courses of the evening. His sous chefs, Christian McBride and Brian Blade, brought their own seasonings and accoutrements to spice up the many decadent and sumptuous delicacies. Improvisational jazz requires no recipe. The Chick Corea Trio, instead, ......

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Take Five with Ed Palermo

Take Five with Ed Palermo

BY EDWARD PALERMO
October 9, 2019

Meet Ed Palermo Ed Palermo is an arranger, composer and alto saxophonist mostly known for his big band and their interpretations of the music of Ed's hero, Frank Zappa. Coming out of college in jny: Chicago, his initial plan was to become a great jazz tenor saxophonist in the vein of Michael Brecker, Steve Grossman and Dave Liebman but reality reared its ugly head, at which point Ed realized he was more interested in composing and arranging. Though ......

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4 Wheel Drive at Hong Kong Arts Centre

4 Wheel Drive at Hong Kong Arts Centre

BY ROB GARRATT
October 9, 2019

4 Wheel Drive Quartet Hong Kong Arts Centre Jazz World Live Series Hong Kong September 3, 2019 When exactly did jazz artists covering pop music shift from being a cheap and/or twee—but near-universally frowned-upon—novelty, to an almost obligatory rite of passage? Some will point to the pioneering piano deconstructions of Radiohead, The Beatles, et al by Brad Mehldau, others the more recent hip-hop collabs and Robert Glasper Experiments—more may reach further back ......

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Chris Brubeck at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Chris Brubeck at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

BY MARK SULLIVAN
October 9, 2019

Chris Brubeck Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Jazz at the Bechtler Charlotte, NC October 4, 2019 The “Jazz at the Bechtler" series celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, and next year is composer/pianist Dave Brubeck's centenary. So it is appropriate that Dave's son Chris was the special guest for a pair of concerts with the Ziad Jazz Quartet. Chris spent several years playing with his dad's group, and has established himself as a composer/trombonist/bassist/pianist ......

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How To Bring Millennials to Jazz

How To Bring Millennials to Jazz

BY JEFF FITZGERALD, GENIUS
October 8, 2019

Fifty-two Augusts ago this year, Your Own Personal Genius was born to a pair of West Virginia hillbillies squarely at the onset of what would become known several decades later as Generation X. True to form, I have long embodied that curious mix of ennui and incredulity for which we Gen Xers are known. I have a deep-seated distrust of authority figures, an occasional lack of direction, and an abiding crush on Winona Ryder. I'm a card-carrying member of the ......

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Stanley Nelson: How Do You Make A Film Do Justice To Miles Davis And His Music?

Stanley Nelson: How Do You Make A Film Do Justice To Miles Davis And His Music?

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
October 7, 2019

Miles Davis is far more than a legendary jazz great. He was and is a cultural and musical icon whose life was largely compelled by five driving forces: 1) his groundbreaking innovations in cool jazz, modal music, fusion, and beyond; 2) his “cool" persona, which has influenced and inspired several generations; 3) his tempestuous love life; 4) his struggles with and opposition to racism; and 5) his drug and alcohol addiction. To make a film documentary about him which encompasses ......

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2019

Monterey Jazz Festival 2019

BY JOSEF WOODARD
October 6, 2019

Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey County Fairgrounds Monterey, CA September 27-19, 2019 It sometimes happens at the historic Monterey Jazz festival that the “main" and most memorable takeaways of a program occur away from the main arena stage. And so it went at the 62nd annual festival in September—at least to these ears, belonging to a Monterey festival veteran. While the arena roster banked on the high profile and varying artistic merits of Diana ......

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Edward Burra, Aaron Douglas: Into The Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art

Edward Burra, Aaron Douglas: Into The Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art

BY CHRIS MAY
October 5, 2019

Edward Burra, Aaron Douglas, Colette Omogbai, Uche Okeke, et al. Barbican Art Gallery Into The Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art London October 3, 2019 This evocative exhibition explores from a global perspective the role of cabarets, cafes and clubs in 1880s through late 1960s visual art, in venues which were simultaneously entertainment spaces dedicated to feeding Mammon and salons dedicated to nourishing the creative muse. The artworks ......

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