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Terence Blanchard and E-Collective at Ardmore Music Hall

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Terence Blanchard and E-Collective Ardmore Music Hall Ardmore, PA June 12, 2018 It's meant as a compliment on originality, not a sign of mere imitation, to say there was a heavy Miles Davis vibe in the air when Terence Blanchard and his E-Collective group hit the snug-sized stage of the Ardmore Music Hall. Like fellow trumpeter Davis, Blanchard refuses to sit still and isn't afraid to loudly speak his mind. Taking a cue also ...

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Broken Shadows at Icehouse

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Broken Shadows Icehouse JT's Jazz Implosion at Icehouse: Broken Shadows Minneapolis, MN June 18, 2018 Supergroup Broken Shadows hit Icehouse in Minneapolis Monday, June 18, 2018, paying dues and offering interpretations of music by their heroes and mentors. The NY-based band consists of Tim Berne on alto saxophone, Chris Speed on tenor, Reid Anderson on bass, Dave King on drums and showcases the music of Ornette Coleman, Julius Hemphill, Dewey Redman, and Charlie Haden. ...

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Donny McCaslin Group / Ensemble LPR: Symphonic Bowie at Central Park SummerStage

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Donny McCaslin Group / Ensemble LPRCentral Park SummerStage Symphonic Bowie New York, NY June 9, 2018 New York City can't stop saying goodbye to David Bowie. And with good reason. The rock legend lived in Manhattan for more than 20 years and often spoke fondly of his adopted city. On June 9, another tribute was staged, this one at Central Park's SummerStage featuring Donny McCaslin, whose band backed Bowie on his final album, followed ...

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2018

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Burlington, Vermont June 1-10, 2018 As the case with any festival worth attending at all, the passionate musiclover faces a challenge with Burlington Discover Jazz. Simply put, it's the choice between attending a marathon of events, thereby risking overload and over-stimulation, or more selectively discern which bills at which venues warrant the attention that will prove truly memorable. The latter approach invariably involves bringing individual taste into play, an attitude corresponding to ...

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Le French May’s Live Jazz Series in Hong Kong

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Jean-Christophe Cholet, Eric Le Lann and Alban Darche Hong Kong City Hall, Theatre Le French May Arts Festival: Live Jazz Series Hong Kong June 7-9, 2018 Now in its 26th edition Hong Kong's annual celebration of all things Francophone, Le French May, today spills well beyond the temporal restrictions implied in its twee title--with many of the festival's 100-plus cultural happenings littered across June. Among them in 2018 was the extended Live Jazz ...

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Michelle Lordi at Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Michelle Lordi Trio Friday Nights Philadelphia Museum of Art June 8, 2018 I've always appreciated Michelle Lordi's singing through her fine recordings, but I'd never heard her in person, so I seized this opportunity to hop over to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to catch her show, especially because her trio included two of the finest musicians on the scene today: Jim Ridl on piano and Matthew Parrish on bass. Ridl ...

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Andy Hague Quintet at The Bronx Bar

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Andy Hague Quintet Bronx Bar and Restaurant Teignmouth, Devon June 7, 2018 After two exotic imports (Sur Ecoute from France and Duski from Wales) Teignmouth Jazz and Blues Club went relatively local for their latest booking... Bristol-based trumpeter Andy Hague. Hague fronts other groups, including medium-sized Afro-Cuban/salsa bands and Silverado, a sextet paying tribute to Horace Silver, but this gig featured his basic quintet, which brilliantly evokes the great days of Blue Note.

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Atlanta Jazz Festival 2018

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Atlanta Jazz Festival Atlanta, GA May 26-27, 2018 The Atlanta Jazz Festival prides itself on being one of the largest free jazz festivals in the United States. The 41st edition took place under a forbidding forecast of heavy rainstorms: the event announcements made a big point of stating that the festival was a “rain or shine" event. In the end the weather largely held--with the exception of a couple of brief showers on Saturday afternoon--and if ...

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Vision Festival 2018

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23rd Annual Vision Festival Roulette New York, NY May 23-28, 2018 Introduction The Vision Festival somewhat surprisingly but reassuringly stands proud as the longest-lived annually produced jazz festival in New York. While the central plank remains what the Festival terms avant jazz, it's interspersed with poetry, dance, art, and film in a way which matches rather than detracts from the music. For its 23rd edition the Festival returned to Brooklyn's Roulette after three ...

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Gilmore Keyboard Festival

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Gilmore Keyboard Festival Kalamazoo, Michigan April 25 to May 12, 2018 Thursday night is always the second night of the biennial Gilmore Keyboard Festival. Thursday night is also the first night for jazz, the festival putatively a classical music rollout with jazz confections, albeit well-considered, strewn throughout this 22-day cultural jewel based in Kalamazoo but spread throughout Southwest Michigan as well. For the first of two jazz shows at Bell's Eccentric Cafe (yes, that ...