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Kneebody at Johnny Brenda's

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Kneebody Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia PA April 7, 2017 Generally when a band announces that a group member is waylaid and can't make the gig, those in the audience start to resign themselves to an evening of subconscious apologetics--("It's not the same but pretty good for a guy subbing on short notice." or “They're doing pretty well for being a man down.") But this is Kneebody... So when saxophonist Ben Wendel told ...

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Vossajazz 2017

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Vossajazz 2017 Various Venues Voss, Norway April 7-9, 2017 Some places punch above their weight. Voss is one. With just 14,000 inhabitants, this small Norwegian town in the county of Hordaland, can boast a world-renowned sky-diving training centre, the country's foremost folk music academy, one of the best wine cellars in Scandinavia and, in Vossajazz, an outstanding international music festival that offers so much more than its simple name implies. The jazz part ...

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Hermeto Pascoal at SFJAZZ

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Hermeto Pascoal SFJAZZ Spring Season San Francisco, CA April 7, 2017 A YouTube video (see below) commences with a shot of a karst escarpment protruding amidst verdant rainforest. It then zooms down to focus on six men in a green pond below a waterfall. All are playing bottles. A portly figure with long white hair and beard plays two thick, rattan-covered wine bottles. Then, switching to flute, he rises from the water like a ...

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Lewis Nash and Steve Wilson at JazzNights

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Lewis Nash and Steve Wilson Hockaday/Jones Barn JazzNights Hopewell, NJ April 9, 2017 Two tacit, entwined propositions animated a performance by Lewis Nash and Steve Wilson at JazzNights, a long running concert series in the Princeton, NJ area curated by Mary Wisnovsky and Maitland Jones. The first is that it's possible for the compositions of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Billy Strayhorn, and Denzil Best to coexist in a ...

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Tallinn Music Week 2017

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Tallinn Music Week 2017 Tallinn, Estonia March 30-April 1, 2017 Although running for the advertised week, this festival-cum-conference concentrates its actual showcase concerts over an intense three-day period. The remaining days are taken up with art exhibitions, food-tasting sessions, and conference/seminar/talk events. Besides the delegate and general ticketed programmes, there is also a City Stage element, where freebie gigs manifest themselves around Tallinn. The scale of TMW is very impressive, with its attendees seeming ...

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Bergamo Jazz Festival 2017

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Bergamo Jazz Festival Bergamo, Italy March 19-26, 2017 The Bergamo Jazz Festival, one of the most long-lived and prestigious Italian festivals, celebrated in 2017 its 39th edition. Since about ten years the Town of Bergamo nominates a musician as artistic director, and the 2017 edition has been the second under of the tenure of Dave Douglas, whose constant presence to all concerts, introducing bands and checking that everything was running as smooth as possible, ...

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Miles From India at SFJAZZ

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Miles From India SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis San Francisco, CA April 1, 2017 San Francisco's SFJAZZ supporters were treated to a special one time performance of Miles From India: A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis based on the album of the same name. “Miles From India" (Times Square Records, 2008) reached number six on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart. The Miles From India ...

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Babel Med Music 2017

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Babel Med Music 2017 Marseille, France March 16-18, 2017 Babel Med Music is at once a public festival, a conference and a trade fare, possessing the capacity to be experienced on multiple levels, as the ratios of these aspects are juggled by the individual attendee. Its thrust is primarily towards global sounds, rootsy and ethnically-inclined, from purist into fusion, but mostly the latter. This year, there has been an attempt to include jazz as ...

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Peter Michael Escovedo & Friends At The Empress Theatre

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Peter Michael Escovedo & Friends Empress Theatre Voices From The Heart: The Marc VW Benefit Vallejo, CA March 29, 2017 Peter Michael Escovedo (Kenny G) organized a stellar line up of Bay Area musicians and much more for Voices From The Heart: The Marc VW Benefit at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo CA. Along with many local musicians who contributed their time and resources, the bill featured Howard Hewett (Shalamar), ...


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