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Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone at Stuttgart Jazz Open 2018

Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone at Stuttgart Jazz Open 2018

BY PHILLIP WOOLEVER
July 22, 2018

Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone Schlossplatz Stuttgart Jazz Open Stuttgart, Germany July 19, 2018 The Stuttgart Jazz Open was seeking special things to commemorate the festival's 25th anniversary edition. With a double bill featuring Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone, that goal was accomplished to the delight of a dancing, sellout crowd. Cullum is one of the most dynamic players in any genre. His two-hour extravaganza showcased why he remains one of the ......

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Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt

Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt

BY JOHN EPHLAND
July 21, 2018

The setting was Systems Two, a well-known, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn. The sessions, occurring over five days in May (7-11) 2017, were set up to record Cuban pianist/composer Elio Villafranca's sixth album, the elaborate and thoroughly rehearsed double-CD Cinque (artistShare), the music previously performed in shows at Lincoln Center in 2015. Present at Lincoln Center and at Systems Two was a well-coordinated team of musicians, including Steve Turre (trombone, conch shells), Greg Tardy (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Vincent ......

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Making The John Coltrane Jazz Festival in High Point

Making The John Coltrane Jazz Festival in High Point

BY LA-FAITHIA WHITE
July 21, 2018

John Coltrane was born in Hamlet North Carolina on September 23, 1926. When Coltrane was a young child his family moved to the town of High Point, North Carolina where he spent the first seventeen years of his life at 118 Underhill Street. Coltrane showed academic potential at Leonard Street School. Among his classmates he was known as a shy boy who was neat as well as a sharp dresser. Coltrane's situation changed drastically in the winter of ......

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Sitting In It, Low Blow, Always a Bridesmaid

Sitting In It, Low Blow, Always a Bridesmaid

BY MR. P.C.
July 20, 2018

Sitting In It Dear Mr. P.C.: Is there an “etiquette" as when to accept and when to decline joining a band on stage when invited? --Getting Uneasy Each Sit-in Time Dear GUEST: First, the obvious: If you're better than the band, sitting in makes them look bad but makes you look good. If you're worse than the band, sitting in makes them look good but makes you look bad. That means the ......

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SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

SFJAZZ: Decades After, Five Years In

BY ARTHUR R GEORGE
July 19, 2018

Five years after the jny: San Francisco, California organization SFJAZZ created its own building, the SFJAZZ Center, it has proved a raving, even rampaging, success, unrelenting in programming, sales, education, and music production. Its number of concerts has doubled from 248 to more than 500. Its membership has increased by almost 200% to more than 14,000. It moves a million dollars worth of tickets in the first week its box office opens; some shows sell out to members even before ......

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George Wein: A Life and Legend in Jazz

George Wein: A Life and Legend in Jazz

BY DOUG HALL
July 19, 2018

Last summer, in June of 2017, I had the privilege and opportunity to interview George Wein, founder and producer of the seminal Newport Jazz Festival. At 91, he was just in the process of supporting and transitioning the new artistic director Christian McBride into this demanding and critical role for the future of the Newport Jazz Festival, to ensure the continuation of the legacy. The impact of this festival has been historically felt by the jazz community for its breadth ......

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Take Five with Isaiah Stewart

Take Five with Isaiah Stewart

BY ISAIAH STEWART
July 18, 2018

About Isaiah Stewart Since the release of his debut album Life Games in 2000, Isaiah Stewart has emerged as a unique indy voice in contemporary urban jazz-funk. Seeking to carry on classic “old school" jazz/R&B traditions, the versatile drummer's hard-grooving yet fluid music has led to a total of five albums and nearly 10 million downloads and streams worldwide. Isaiah's new album Summer Beat features multi-Grammy jazz icons Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato and Tom Scott, along ......

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WEWANTSOUNDS: A Forgotten Don Cherry and Other Gems

WEWANTSOUNDS: A Forgotten Don Cherry and Other Gems

BY ENRICO BETTINELLO
July 18, 2018

A forgotten gem from the extensive and multi-colored discography of Don Cherry is available again, courtesy of the French label WEWANTSOUNDS [yes, their name is uppercase only!]. Home Boy, Sister Out, produced by Ramuntcho Matta, was originally released in 1985 on Barclay Records. It was distributed in France and Germany only and was never reissued until now. Funky and fourth-world tinged, with strong influences from the new wave scene of those years, this amazing record reflects not only ......

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Sidney Hauser:  Justice and Jubilation

Sidney Hauser: Justice and Jubilation

BY PAUL RAUCH
July 17, 2018

The hiring of young saxophonist Sidney Hauser, to fill the second alto saxophone chair with the prestigious Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra may seem like a musical sidenote to the history of this 17 piece ensemble that was formed in 1995. But considering the marginalization of women instrumentalists in jazz over the course of the genre's history, Hauser's appointment is impactful, and represents only the second full time appointment in the history of SRJO. While the hiring of a ......

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Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
July 16, 2018

If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and perfectly balanced. Take Michael Leonhart, an artist blessed by nature with a superior talent that was nurtured by a musical family. His ......

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Ella Fitzgerald sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book

Ella Fitzgerald sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book

BY MARK BARNETT
July 16, 2018

Getting StartedIf you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. Background The Great American Songbook--songs written from the 1920's to the 1950's by giants such as Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart, Duke Ellington and the Gershwin brothers--has inspired jazz musicians and singers for generations, supplying the raw material for endless improvisation. In listening to jazz, a good rule of thumb is “Know the song and you're halfway there." ......

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Audioguide: Norway in a Nutshell

Audioguide: Norway in a Nutshell

BY EMILY JONES
July 15, 2018

Every year around 30 jazz promoters and journalists from Europe and the USA make a pilgrimage to the city of Bergen in the west of Norway to experience Nutshell. Established by the various organisations who export Norwegian music, Nutshell showcases the best Norwegian jazz of the moment amidst the incredible scenery of fjords and mountains that the country is famous for. The showcase programme was curated by drummer Gard Nilssen and dovetails with Bergen's longstanding Nattjazz Festival, offering a taste ......

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Athens Aqua Jazz Festival 2018

Athens Aqua Jazz Festival 2018

BY FRANCESCO MARTINELLI
July 14, 2018

Athens Aqua Jazz Festival Athens, Greece July 9-12 2018 Jazz, like many other things, lives a precarious life in post-crisis Greece. Despite a widespread talent, as demonstrated by the numerous jazz musicians from Greece who live and record abroad and overseas, the jazz scene in Greece is fragmented and much dependent on local conditions: the major jazz teaching program is in the island of Corfu, and international jazz events happen in the summer not ......

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Hot Sugar at Jazz Cafe Montparnasse

Hot Sugar at Jazz Cafe Montparnasse

BY MARTIN MCFIE
July 14, 2018

Hot Sugar Jazz Cafe, Montparnase Paris July 11, 2018 Montparsnasse is an area of Paris' 14th arrondissement, once famous for thinkers and artists who lingered over a coffee and talked into the night on the terraces of the famous Dome and Cupole cafes. There was some hard-driving swing jazz at the Jazz Cafe de Montparnasse in competition with a World Cup football match between France and rivals Belgium which filled the streets ......

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Festival International De Jazz De Montréal 2018: Part 2

Festival International De Jazz De Montréal 2018: Part 2

BY MARK SULLIVAN
July 13, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 2018 Festival International de Jazz de MontréalVarious VenuesMontréal, Canada July 3-7, 2018 It is always a pleasure to return to Montréal for the festival. This is only my third year, which makes me a relative newcomer; many of the journalists I have met have been regulars for ten or twenty years. But I have always felt welcome, and experienced hands have freely shared their knowledge with me. I ......

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Django Festival in Fontainbleu

Django Festival in Fontainbleu

BY MARTIN MCFIE
July 13, 2018

Django Reinhardt Festival Fontainbleu, France July 5-8, 2018 Every year in the grounds of the Chateau de Fontainbleu about 30 miles South of jny: Paris, devotees of jazz gather to hear the Django Festival this year featuring George Benson, renowned gypsy player Bireli Lagrene and a roster of professional bands. Parking lots were full and overflowing. However, Django pilgrims also travelled to nearby Samois-sur-Seine, to the home of Django Reinhardt the high priest of ......

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Istanbul Jazz Festival 2018

Istanbul Jazz Festival 2018

BY LUKE SEABRIGHT
July 12, 2018

Istanbul Jazz Festival Vitrin: Showcase for Contemporary Music from Turkey Various Venues Istanbul, Turkey June 27-30, 2018 A leisurely stroll through the crowded streets of Istanbul offers many delights, Turkish or otherwise. The maze guides you through nested teahouses, majestic ottoman palaces, monumental sahns adjoining mosques with exquisite interiors; down narrow covered market streets with their incongruous juxtaposition of goods and gadgets, steep cobblestoned alleys, and traffic-clogged avenues, all the way down to the ......

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Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest in Copenhagen

Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest in Copenhagen

BY JAKOB BAEKGAARD
July 12, 2018

Summer Jazz & Fringe Jazz Fest Various Venues Copenhagen and Valby, Denmark July 6-8, 2018 This year, Copenhagen Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary. It's a lot of years with a lot of music and the tendency has been unequivocal. The festival has been growing with new venues and artists added to a seemingly endless list. Part of this process has been the emergence of sub-festivals. Festivals within the festival. An example ......

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Geoffrey Keezer at South Jazz Parlor

Geoffrey Keezer at South Jazz Parlor

BY VICTOR L. SCHERMER
July 11, 2018

Geoffrey Keezer Trio South Kitchen and Jazz Parlor Philadelphia, PA July 8, 2018 Pianist Geoffrey Keezer is a jazz master who has worked with many of the greats since 1989 when he briefly joined the end game of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He has recorded and played with numerous jazz luminaries including Ray Brown, Art Farmer, Diana Krall, Joshua Redman, and Christian McBride. Recently, he's had signficiant encounters with the likes ......

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Still Dreaming and Dr. Lonnie Smith at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Still Dreaming and Dr. Lonnie Smith at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

BY C. ANDREW HOVAN
July 11, 2018

Still Dreaming/Dr. Lonnie Smith Playhouse Square Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, Ohio June 29, 2018 Now in its 39th year, Cleveland's Tri-C JazzFest has evolved over the years having started as an educational springtime event. Most recently, the action has shifted from the Cuyahoga Community College campus to downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square complex. The event which now takes place in mid-June covers roughly three days and offers both free outdoor performances along with paid indoor shows ......

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