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Part 11, Be Prepared

Part 11, Be Prepared

BY B.D. LENZ
July 23, 2019

When I was younger I was a Boy Scout. I really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot from doing it. Probably one of the most important lessons I learned from scouting is one the simplest. The Boy Scout “motto" is be prepared and following that has helped in many situations I've faced as a bandleader. It's obviously expected that you'll bring your instrument and musical knowledge to a gig. But I'm going to suggest some other items to bring ......

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Ashley Pezzotti: Telling Her Story

Ashley Pezzotti: Telling Her Story

BY R.J. DELUKE
July 23, 2019

As a child, Ashley Pezzotti, from Brooklyn, by way of Miami, was singing and performing. It hasn't stopped. And though only 23, it seems she has a strong career ahead of her. The title of her first album, We've Only Just Begun, out earlier this year, is a harbinger by title. As a work of art, its very strong. It displays not only an outstanding vocal instrument with a sassy flair for negotiating the jazz genre, but solid ......

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20 Bands You Didn't Know You Can't Live Without

20 Bands You Didn't Know You Can't Live Without

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
July 23, 2019

There is a treasure-trove of jazz gems away from the usual labels, venues, websites... one has just to look around and search for it. This week we feature bands whose quality may have not been matched by their international commercial success... but that's often the curse of excellent music that goes off the beaten path. Since we only care about the beauty of the music, here are twenty bands which you didn't know you cannot live without: Rootless, Slow Poke, ......

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Cannonball: A Man of the People

Cannonball: A Man of the People

BY ROB ROSENBLUM
July 22, 2019

This interview was conducted at Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1971 and was originally published in an arts newspaper called Transition. Julian Cannonball Adderley was only three when he began to dig jazz and his hunger for his music is yet to be satiated. The first music he remembers hearing was in church. His mother was the organist of an Episcopal church. This church background has had a profound effect on his playing. His father played ......

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Jazzmobile partners with Minton's Playhouse for synergy of jazz in Harlem, NYC

Jazzmobile partners with Minton's Playhouse for synergy of jazz in Harlem, NYC

BY DOUG HALL
July 22, 2019

A synergy in jazz can mean that band members complement and combine with one another for a greater result. That same concept applies to an exciting summer announcement that kicks-off a new partnership between two renowned and heralded jazz organizations, Jazzmobile and Harlem Jazz Enterprises will team-up with the iconic Minton's Playhouse jazz club, to present live music at this storied venue, in Harlem, jny: New York City. This dynamic partnership will create an open-ended residency at Minton's Playhouse jazz ......

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Phil Keaggy at Mount Hermon

Phil Keaggy at Mount Hermon

BY JOHN BRICKER
July 22, 2019

Phil Keaggy Conference Center Summer Concerts 2019 Mount Hermon, CA July 13, 2019 During a performance of his song “Mercy," from his 2016 album All At Once, Phil Keaggy shouted to the audience, “Put those hands together!" Hundreds of people clapped in unison while he played an expressive solo over layers of looped acoustic chords. At the solo's climax, he silenced all of the loops except for one acoustic phrase, which he triggered slightly ......

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Live From New York: Caetano Veloso, James Carter, Hamza Akram, Eyal Vilner and David Grollman

Live From New York: Caetano Veloso, James Carter, Hamza Akram, Eyal Vilner and David Grollman

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
July 20, 2019

Caetano Veloso Brooklyn Academy Of Music April 12, 2019 Always essential for the local Brazilian community, but also far beyond, into the general music enthusiast zone, singer and songwriter Caetano Veloso made one of his occasional visits to NYC, presenting the Ofertório show. Essentially, this involved his three musical sons, in an intimate almost-acoustic setting (just very subtle Fender Rhodes and a low-presence electric bass), simply savouring father's fine songs, from the last five ......

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Monty Alexander: Still Rolling

Monty Alexander: Still Rolling

BY GENO THACKARA
July 19, 2019

If there's one defining quality to Monty Alexander's music, it's joy. An unmistakable undercurrent of happiness has been constant across several decades, dozens of recordings and countless performances all over the world. He could be honoring classic jazz balladeers, exploring the danceable “riddims" of his native Jamaica or anything in between, and you can always hear the spirit of celebration in there somewhere. Alexander turns out to be just as delightful and effusive in conversation as he is ......

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North Sea Jazz Festival 2019

North Sea Jazz Festival 2019

BY LJUBINKO ZIVKOVIC
July 19, 2019

North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands July 12-14, 2019 For a while now, jazz festivals have lost their exclusivity and being a musical source for just jazz fans or those who wanted to get involved in the scene. More commercial artists from other musical genres have actually become a source of sustainability for jazz festivals and in many respects for jazz artists themselves.Even while it was still located in jny: The ......

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2019

Montreux Jazz Festival 2019

BY MARTIN MCFIE
July 18, 2019

Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland June 28 to July 13, 2019 Montreux Jazz festival began in 1967, driven by the vision of Claude Nobs in collaboration with Geo Voumard, Rene Langel, and the Office of Tourism in their hometown Montreux, on Lake Geneva. This year 2019, was the 53rd edition. For two weeks in July, the small town expands to entertain a quarter of a million visitors. Montreux has managed to maintain the original ......

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Jazz At Juan 2019

Jazz At Juan 2019

BY MARTIN MCFIE
July 18, 2019

Jazz at Juan Opening Weekend Juan Les Pins, South of France July 12-21, 2019 Jazz at Juan-Les-Pins has always been the boutique quality jazz festival of the South of France. The stage beside the blue Mediterranean Sea, was open-backed leaving a view through to the sunset over the Bay of Angels. The audience of 3,000 was all seated in bleachers. Live big screens showed the detail of performances. This year 2019, is the 59th edition ......

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Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest 2019

Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest 2019

BY JAKOB BAEKGAARD
July 17, 2019

Summer Jazz & Fringe Jazz Fest Various Venues Copenhagen, Denmark July 10-13, 2019 One of the best things about Copenhagen Jazz Festival is that it is not just one festival, but many festivals in one. During the festival, each corner of the city is filled with music. It is not only the center, but every part of the city that participates in the celebration of jazz. It is outside and inside and ......

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North Sea Round Town 2019

North Sea Round Town 2019

BY HENNING BOLTE
July 17, 2019

North Sea Round Town Dawn: A Trilogy of Sound Rotterdam Wihelmina Pier June 28-29, 2019 North Sea Round Town is a community-based festival in the port city of Rotterdam (largest port in Europe) situated in the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta at the North Sea. With its 365 concerts spread over 125 locations in the city for 18 days it is an upbeat to the three-days commercial mega North Sea Jazz Festival. The locations are ......

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Betty Davis-They Say I’m Different

Betty Davis-They Say I’m Different

BY WALTER ATKINS
July 17, 2019

Betty Davis Betty Davis-They Say I'm Different Native Voice Films 2018 The incisive documentary Betty--They Say I'm Different chronicled the humble beginnings and explosive career of the '70s trail blazer, composer and vocalist Betty Davis. Her bold music and incendiary stage persona was light- years ahead of the existing social norms and well beyond music industry categorization. Director Phil Cox tells the compelling saga with her voice, and through interviews with family, childhood friends, ......

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Jazz, Zen, and Hip-Hop: The 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival

Jazz, Zen, and Hip-Hop: The 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival

BY MATT HOOKE
July 16, 2019

Exploring the grounds of the Montreal Jazz Festival is like going to all you can eat Las Vegas buffet. “Look over there at table four; there's Dixieland. Wait at table six, there's Latin jazz, supposedly the main table as a new head chef, let's go there." You can stuff yourself by going to more than ten concerts during a single 13-hour day at the festival. The best part is that all of the outdoor concerts, over ......

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Maureen Choi Quartet at BacchusLIVE

Maureen Choi Quartet at BacchusLIVE

BY JIM WORSLEY
July 16, 2019

We live in an era where chit chatting now, most annoyingly, rivals actual listening to the music at many concerts. It is with supreme delight then, that I share my enthralling experience of an evening of musical brilliance that was free of any such boorish clutter. You could have heard a pin drop at Bacchus' Kitchen in Pasadena, California during the Maureen Choi Quartet performance. A virtuoso violinist, Choi, and her bandmates treated an attentive and appreciative audience to two ......

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Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times

Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times

BY JAKOB BAEKGAARD
July 14, 2019

The times we live in call for reflection and one of the ways of providing it is through music. Music can slow our lives down and make us live in the moment, but it can also connect people. Since he discovered music, guitarist and composer Shambhu Neil Vineberg has been on a journey that has seen him connecting with many different people and sounds, and he is still finding new ways to express the music he hears while staying to ......

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Kiefer Sutherland at Irving Plaza

Kiefer Sutherland at Irving Plaza

BY MIKE PERCIACCANTE
July 13, 2019

Kiefer Sutherland Irving Plaza New York, NY June 25, 2019 Kiefer Sutherland is best known as an actor, voice actor, producer and director. He is known for his role as Jack Bauer in the FOX drama series 24. Sutherland won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Satellite Awards for his work in the iconic series. Sutherland also starred on television in the ABC/NETFLIX political drama series Designated ......

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Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

BY CHRISTINE CONNALLON
July 13, 2019

Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY June 27, 2019 Darlene Love, born Darlene Wright, is an American singer and actress who discovered her voice while singing in her church at the age of 10 in Los Angeles, CA. Gospel gave her a foundation and her musical interests quickly spread to include rock and soul when she joined a local girl group called the Blossoms. The band worked with ......

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Steve Williamson & Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Coltrane at Milton Court

Steve Williamson & Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Coltrane at Milton Court

BY CHRIS MAY
July 12, 2019

Steve Williamson / Guildhall Jazz Orchestra / Scott Stroman Milton Court Concert Hall Celebrating Coltrane London July 10, 2019 The word “legendary" is bandied around so indiscriminately these days that it has all but lost its meaning. London saxophonist Steve Williamson is among a tiny number of living musicians who measure up to the dictionary definition. In the 1990s, Williamson--along with saxophonist Denys Baptiste, a fellow graduate of the black ......

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