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Sligo Jazz Project 2018: Days 1-2

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Sligo Jazz Project Various Venues Sligo, Ireland July 24-29, 2018 July 24, 2018 The Garavogue River flows slow and lazy through the centre of town to Sligo Harbour. Mountains stand in the distance out in Yeats country, green and rocky, overlooking the fields on the outskirts of town. Looking over the dull metal roofs of Ballast Quay's warehouses to the land beyond Sligo town, the faeries steal away with one's imagination. And the sounds of ...

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Alan Broadbent Trio at the Deer Head Inn

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Alan Broadbent Trio Deer Head Inn Delaware Water Gap, PA August 11, 2018 Believe you me, it wasn't by choice that I hadn't been to the Dear Head Inn in a few years to take in some great jazz in its secluded setting on a wooded hill near the river at the edge of town in the Pocono Mountains. Despite its rural location, it has a musical history to rival New ...

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Flow Festival 2018

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Flow Festival Helsinki, Finland August 10-12, 2018 Once the fizz and thud of a modern outdoor festival fades, in my case behind numerous trees and double glazing 1½ miles away, one wonders how much art has been expended with such a concentration of energy put out. Flow Festival, based in the steampunk style former power station a mile from downtown Helsinki, has now been on the Scandinavian cultural calendar for 14 years. Judging by the ticket ...

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Shipp / Lowe / Baker / Ray at Le Poisson Rouge

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Shipp / Lowe / Baker / Ray Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY August 11, 2018 Bring together Matthew Shipp, Newman Taylor Baker, Allen Lowe and Kevin Ray and you have more than an inspired music event; this is a living history that--by professional extension--covers the study of the earliest American music to the creation of the most modern creative jazz. On August 11, 2018, Le Poisson Rouge in New York's Greenwich ...

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

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3rd Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music Luslawice/KrakówPoland July 25-28, 2018 “An international jazz violin competition? Really?" That is usually came as a surprise to the applicants, and eventual participants themselves, that an international jazz violin competition should exist says a lot about the rarity of such an event. Yet as the bi-annual Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition has demonstrated, there is certainly no shortage of ...

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Live From Brussels: Turkish Psychedelic Nite, Charlemagne Palestine & Anna Von Hausswolff

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Selda Bağcan & Boom Pam/Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek/Gaye Su Akyol Ancienne Belgique May 24, 2018 Situated close to the Grand Place, Ancienne Belgique is a key Brussels venue, with an adventurous approach to programming. Its main stage boasts a precisely-delivering sound system, where clarity becomes power, and all instruments are equal. There's a new old movement in Turkish psychedelia, partly digging up its golden era of the late-1960s and 1970s, but also continuing ...

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Papanosh in a Finnish Forest

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Papanosh The Yellow House Janakkala, FInland July 29, 2018 If one believes that music originated in primitive wo/man's appreciation of the natural rhythms occurring in nature, then what better environment to witness live music than a shady dell, sheltered from the sun as well as the adjacent road by a solid wooden Finnish log house. The wind was barely rustling the leaves, and the fiery heat of an exceptional Nordic summer was past its worst ...

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Odean Pope Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Odean Pope Quartet Chris' Jazz Café Philadephia, PA August 4, 2018 Saxophonist Odean Pope is a living legend who has been blowing strong for sixty years, early on including John Coltrane among his Philadelphia cohorts and serving Max Roach as a charter member of the latter's groups. So when he gets on stage, you expect something special. In this set at Chris' Jazz Café, you got it. Since each ...

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Danny Green Trio Plus Strings at Heckscher Park

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Danny Green Trio Plus Strings Chapin Rainbow Stage, Heckscher Park Huntington Summer Arts Festival Huntington, NY August 3, 2018 While Long Island's Huntington Summer Arts Festival doesn't hold status as a jazz feast per se, the music most certainly plays a significant role on its calendar. The not-so-distant past has seen everybody from drummer Roy Haynes to pianist Vijay Iyer to vocalist Jane Monheit grace the Chapin Rainbow Stage, and the lineup for ...

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Charlie Parr At Higher Ground

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Charlie Parr Higher Ground, Showcase Lounge South Burlington, VT July 27, 2018 Charlie Parr was downright dazzling in Higher Ground's Showcase Lounge Friday July 27. And if that seems hyperbole given his somewhat subdued concert in the same room last autumn, it probably shouldn't: with some eight more months of touring in his mini-van, the deceptively bedraggled looking bluesman has transcended the level of earnest disciple of the genre who was mesmerized (and mesmerizing) through ...