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Brilliant Corners 2019

Brilliant Corners 2019

BY IAN PATTERSON
March 19, 2019

Brilliant Corners 2019 The Black Box/Sonic Lab jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 2-9, 2019 For many years the words brilliant, jazz and Belfast rarely appeared in the same sentence. That all changed in 2013 when music promoters Moving On Music launched Brilliant Corners, subtitled A Festival of Jazz in Belfast. Since then, and bridging the first and second weekends of March, Brilliant Corners has carved out a reputation as one of the city's essential cultural events. ......

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Take Five with Guy Paz

Take Five with Guy Paz

BY GUY PAZ
March 19, 2019

About Guy Paz: Drummer, Composer, and Producer Guy Paz is one of the most promising musical voices emerging on the jazz, indie, funk, folk, pop, soul and R&B music scenes today. In his short time in the United States, Mr. Paz has gained international recognition as one of the most exciting and unique artists in the NYC music scene. Mr. Paz has recorded, performed and toured with many world renowned musicians and bands such as: Daryl Johns (Goodfight, The ......

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Unforgettable: Nat King Cole at 100

Unforgettable: Nat King Cole at 100

BY PETER COCLANIS
March 17, 2019

Few cities in the U.S. have musical traditions so strong and varied as Chicago's. Although cases can be made for other cities--jny: New Orleans, jny: Detroit, New York, jny: Philadelphia, jny: Los Angeles, and jny: Memphis come to mind--in no other city is the range and depth of musical expression so strong as in Chi-Town. Other cities may dominate certain genres and discrete niches, but in no other burg does the musical tradition run so deeply in genres ranging from ......

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A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour at Irving Plaza

A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour at Irving Plaza

BY MIKE PERCIACCANTE
March 16, 2019

A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour Irving Plaza New York, NY March 5, 2019 David Bowie was one of the most influential musicians for the 20th Century. His career began in the early 1960s and continued until his death in 2016. Acclaimed by critics, fans and other musicians, Bowie's music, much like his persona/personality, was stylish, innovative, bold, experimental, iconic and flamboyant. Because of his background in art, design and acting, Bowie's oeuvre ......

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Henry Butler, Ethel Ennis & More

Henry Butler, Ethel Ennis & More

BY JOE DIMINO
March 15, 2019

Gary Bartz kicks off the 585th episode of Neon Jazz with Heavy Blue. From there, we profile cats who have been a part of his world and growth like Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Then, we get into a host of new and old tracks from the likes of Quinsin Nachoff, Chet Baker, Iris Ornig and many more. We pay tribute to both Ethel Ennis and Henry Butler for their huge contributions to the world of jazz. Finally, we end ......

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Meet the Millennial Smooth Jazz Ambassador Cory Wong

Meet the Millennial Smooth Jazz Ambassador Cory Wong

BY LEO SIDRAN
March 15, 2019

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Seun Kuti and Africa 80 at Brick & Mortar

Seun Kuti and Africa 80 at Brick & Mortar

BY HARRY S. PARISER
March 14, 2019

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 Brick & Mortar San Francisco, California February 23, 2019 The youngest son of legendary saxophonist, songwriter, social activist and political rebel Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti aka Seun Kuti is a force of nature. He has been unstoppable since being placed in command of his late father's band Egypt 80 two decades ago. Anticipation was in the air prior to Kuti's performance before a packed Saturday ......

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Live From Old York: Thomas Truax, Chris Smither, Phil Beer, Huddersfield Immersive Sound System & The Chimera Ensemble

Live From Old York: Thomas Truax, Chris Smither, Phil Beer, Huddersfield Immersive Sound System & The Chimera Ensemble

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
March 14, 2019

Thomas Truax The Fulford Arms January 26, 2019 Thomas Truax is an American one-man-band, a New Yorker residing in London, an oddball crooner, a nervy troubadour, and an inventor of visually and sonically imaginative musical instruments. Over the last decade, he's been a regular tourer around the UK and beyond, carving out a circuit of individualist venues to suit his individualist songs. Truax usually wears a suit, coming across as a huckster, selling his ......

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Put It Where You Want It (But Find It Where You Put It)

Put It Where You Want It (But Find It Where You Put It)

BY CHRIS M. SLAWECKI
March 13, 2019

Hip Spanic All-Stars Old-School Revolution Self-Produced 2018 If you think that Old School Revolution sounds both familiar and new, you're right. In the late 2000s, bassist and singer Happy Sanchez, saxophonist Norbert Stachel (Tower of Power), percussionist Karl Perazzo (a longstanding member of Santana), and drummer Jay Lane (Primus) hooked up, during timeouts from their more regular gigs, in the Mission District surrounding San Francisco with vocalists Shorty ......

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Live From Paris: Danyèl Waro, Beñat Achiary & Haffyd H

Live From Paris: Danyèl Waro, Beñat Achiary & Haffyd H

BY MARTIN LONGLEY
March 13, 2019

Danyèl Waro/Beñat Achiary Théâtre Romain Rolland February 21, 2019 This extraordinary double bill was part of the 28th edition of Sons D'Hiver, a festival that spans around three weeks, presenting gigs at various venues in the Val-de-Marne zone of south-eastern Paris. The French Basque vocalist Beñat Achiary opened the evening at this medium-sized theatre in Villejuif. An extremely versatile, precise and sometimes extreme verbaliser, Achiary interpreted the poems of Federico García Lorca, ......

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The GroundUp Music Festival 2019

The GroundUp Music Festival 2019

BY MIKE JACOBS
March 12, 2019

GroundUp Music Festival 2019 North Beach Bandshell, Park Stage Miami Beach, FL February 8-10, 2019 An internet acquaintance has a running post gag that she labels with #BecauseFlorida. In it she basically puts forth all of the unattractive, wacky and head-scratching reports that come out of the Sunshine State. It IS funny (and seemingly never at a loss for material) but I suspect you could easily paint many a state as a ......

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Free Association - Vol.1 with Magda Brand

Free Association - Vol.1 with Magda Brand

BY LUDOVICO GRANVASSU
March 12, 2019

Free Association is a new series of collaborative mixtapes curated by Mondo Jazz in association with some of the finest selectors on Mixcloud. Free Association mixtapes develop as a conversation. The first selector sends a tune cherry-picked to suit, and ideally surprise, the second selector who then, in turn, returns the favor. An hour or so into this exchange, after unexpected turns and joyful revelations, the two look back at the results of this game of musical ......

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Jazz at 100 Hour 18:  The Entertainers - Fats Waller

Jazz at 100 Hour 18: The Entertainers - Fats Waller

BY RUSSELL PERRY
March 12, 2019

By far the most commercially successful of the stride pianists, Fats Waller made his reputation (and his living) through comedy. “He wasn't witty, if that word is taken to imply a kind of humor too subtle to engender belly laughs--he was funny. He was also bigger than life, Rabelaisian in intake, energy, and output. His greatest joy was playing Bach on the organ, but he buttered his bread as a clown, complete with a mask as fixed as that of ......

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Arthur Satyan:  A life Steeped in Music

Arthur Satyan: A life Steeped in Music

BY HRAYR ATTARIAN
March 11, 2019

Pianist, composer and educator Arthur Satyan came to Lebanon from his native Armenia in 1996 with a 3-month contract for the reopening of the area's premier performance space Casino Du Liban. Accompanying Satyan were American musicians drummer Steve Phillips, bassist Jack Gregg and guitarist Eric Schultz. Satyan ended up accepting a position at the Lebanese National Conservatory of Music as a professor of classical piano and, in 2005 founded the school's jazz department which he still heads. Throughout the past ......

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Rina Yamazaki:  Conversations with a Rising Star

Rina Yamazaki: Conversations with a Rising Star

BY HRAYR ATTARIAN
March 11, 2019

Born in Japan, up and coming pianist Rina Yamazaki has lived in in the USA since she was accepted at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship in 2015. Both before moving to the US and after Yamazaki has earned a number of well-deserved accolades for her high-level musicianship. From receiving the Jazz Performance Award soon after arriving in Boston to placing second in the Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition in 2018 Yamazaki has amassed several ......

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The Branford Marsalis Quartet at Jazz Standard

The Branford Marsalis Quartet at Jazz Standard

BY PETER JUREW
March 10, 2019

Branford Marsalis Quartet Jazz Standard New York, NY February 20, 2019 The Branford Marsalis Quartet came into jny: New York's Jazz Standard in late February to showcase The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul, their first new album release in seven years and, in marking the special occasion, to blow the roof off that primetime jazz basement. That it has been seven years since the band's last new release does not ......

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Matthew Shipp Announces Presidential Campaign

Matthew Shipp Announces Presidential Campaign

BY MARK CORROTO
March 8, 2019

I like to think about Matthew Shipp's music in the same light as that of Eric Dolphy and Charlie Parker. If both artists, Bird and Dolphy, had the level of support from critics and listeners that they currently command while they were still alive, the pair would have been wealthy. Okay, that plus honest record companies executives that didn't rip them off and steal their publishing rights. What I'm getting at here is there are giants that live amongst us. ......

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Pt. 6, Touring: Booking the Gigs

Pt. 6, Touring: Booking the Gigs

BY B.D. LENZ
March 7, 2019

Booking a tour for your band might be about the most ambitious (and insane) endeavor you will attempt as a musician. To do it requires that you apply many of the skills that I've covered throughout my columns, including booking, networking, PR and use of social media, as well as some I haven't, such as tour management, driving...and psychotherapy. I've booked many tours for my band throughout the US, UK, and Europe, and if you're doing it all ......

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Bill Frisell Trio at Dublin's National Concert Hall

Bill Frisell Trio at Dublin's National Concert Hall

BY IAN PATTERSON
March 7, 2019

Bill Frisell Trio National Concert Hall jny:Dublin, Ireland February 21, 2019 It was a swift return to the National Concert Hall stage for Bill Frisell, following his guest appearance in May 2018 at the finale of fiddler Martin Hayes' residency. This time Frisell was leading his trio of Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen, long-time collaborators in the guitarist's on-going quest to celebrate music without borders. This concert was just that--a celebration of music pure ......

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Casey Benjamin: EclectRic Expressionism

Casey Benjamin: EclectRic Expressionism

BY BARBARA INA FRENZ
March 6, 2019

Casey Benjamin aka Stutzmcgee--all-through New Yorker with Caribbean roots, born in 1978--grew up in the borough of Queens in a musical household. Despite economically rough conditions that his mother, a single parent, heroically managed, he started with piano around six, added the alto saxophone around ten, and the vocoder and talk-box around fifteen. At sixteen, he performed on alto saxophone together with Grover Washington Jr. on TV, and two years later he toured Europe as a saxophonist with Betty Carter, ......

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