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Quentin Baxter Quintet at Simons Center Recital Hall

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Quentin Baxter Quintet Simons Center Recital Hall Charleston, SC December 5, 2016 Pianist Tommy Gill was a much-beloved member of the Charleston, South Carolina jazz community and a significant influence on percussionist, Quentin Baxter. Gill's untimely death in August of 2014 at the age of 49 left a hole in the hearts of his many fans and fellow musicians. Baxter gathered his crew of top area musicians--saxophonist Mark Sterbank, trumpeter Charlton Singleton, pianist ...

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The Power Quintet at Jazz Standard

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The Power Quintet Jazz Standard New York, NY December 3, 2016 The age of the collective-minded outfit in jazz is upon us. While the concept of democratically-driven bands is hardly new or unique, more and more artists seem to be taking to the idea with gusto, pooling their talents and resources for the greater good. Such artistic and business arrangements give everybody an opportunity to share in the responsibility load, play multiple ...

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Pat Martino Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Pat Martino Quintet Chris' Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA November 25, 2016 Guitar legend Pat Martino periodically supplements his working trio--consisting of himself, organist Pat Bianchi, and drummer Carmen Intorre--with a horn section of Alex Norris on trumpet and Adam Niewood on tenor saxophone. This post-Thanksgiving set at Chris' Jazz Café demonstrated that this quintet has evolved into a tight, coordinated unit where Martino shines but the ensemble effect is “undeniable," which also happens to be ...

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Charles Lloyd Quartet at Vicar Street

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Charles Lloyd Quartet Vicar Street jny: Dublin, Ireland November 16, 2016 Two years after playing Dublin's National Concert Hall, NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd returned to the Irish capital and the more intimate surroundings of Vicar Street. Last time out Lloyd's New Quartet featured Gerald Clayton in lieu of Jason Moran, Joe Sanders in lieu of Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland. Here only Clayton remained, with the returning Rogers and Kendrick Scott rounding out the ...

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Electric Hot Tuna at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

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Electric Hot Tuna Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Stowe, Vermont November 22, 2016 Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady deserve to be playing venues such as Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. Like The Egg in Albany, The Beacon in New York and the Fairfield Theater in Connecticut, this fairly new Stowe Vermont establishment is as well-designed, acoustically-impeccable and all-around comfortable as those venues, perfectly conducive to the mutual warmth in the experience ...

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Live From Old York: Kathryn Tickell, Tom Brosseau, Breabach & Loudon Wainwright III

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Kathryn Tickell & The Side National Centre For Early Music October 17, 2016 Folk and chamber classical collide, but it's not always clear how to untangle the parts, or whether we even want to, as another entity entirely is created. The Side ensemble is a half-and-half meeting between Northumbrian piper (and fiddler) Kathryn Tickell, accordionist Amy Thatcher (also from the north-east of England), both of them being hardcore traditional music practitioners, with Ruth Wall ...

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London Jazz Festival 2016

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The London Jazz Festival, now in its 24th year, straddles the capital--its noble aim, as ever, is the provision of musical succour for the diverse tastes that make up the larger British jazz audience. You want mainstream, you'll find it. Looking for fusion, then look no further. Free jazz, bebop, blues? Step this way. Postjazz? Postjazz? I'm sure I saw it here somewhere. The first Sunday caught James Blood Ulmer at the East End's Rich Mix. Backed by ...

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Quinsin Nachoff's Flux at Constellation

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Quinsin Nachoff's Flux Quartet Constellation Chicago, IL November 16, 2016 Chicago's Constellation, the city's premier venue for innovative music, hosted composer and tenor saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff and his Flux quartet. The intense and stimulating recital, in the intimate space, captivated the small and attentive audience for close to 2 hours. The intricate Nachoff originals allowed for plenty of individual spontaneity as they served as vehicles for his band members' unique expressiveness. For instance, ...


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