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South Africa at the South Bank

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The Dedication Orchestra and Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya The South Bank Centre London Jazz Festival November 15, 2014 The London Jazz Festival is now in its twenty-second year. It's a vast, sprawling event and its venues criss-cross a city that never quite seems to end, whilst its musical styles span the globe from the USA to Australia and from South Africa to Norway. Saturday 15th November saw South Africa in two distinctly different guises at the South Bank Centre. I've been coming here since 1969 and, for me, its position on the ...

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The Nash Second Anniversary in Phoenix

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The Nash Second Anniversary The Nash/Private Home Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona October 31, November 1-2, 2014 There's something about the way Lewis Nash plays drums. No, there's everything about the way he plays drums--selectively, tastefully, underplaying vs. bombastic; in a word, elegantly. Nash's classy combination of swing and sophistication was abundantly evident during two weekend concerts with two NEA Jazz Masters, tenor/soprano saxophonist Jimmy Heath, 88, and pianist Barry Harris, 84. The legendary beboppers were brilliant stars of the second anniversary for The Nash, a jazz performance and educational facility in Phoenix, operated by Jazz ...

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John Surman at Seventy

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John Surman, Chris Laurence & Trans4mation Quartet Kings Place London Jazz Festival November 14, 2014 The first Friday of this year's London Jazz festival saw John Surman celebrating his seventieth birthday at Kings Place near King's Cross Station. The venue is about as far as it could get from anyone's idea of the smoky dives so readily associated with jazz. It's calm and relaxed, comfortable and, well, polite--in a good way--and most definitely smoke-free. Its contemporary wood-panelled walls and stage give the hall a rather Scandinavian feel, appropriate, perhaps, given Surman now makes his ...

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Exit 0 Jazz Festival: Music All Over The Map

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Exit 0 International Jazz Festival Cape May, New Jersey November 7-9, 2014 It's a festival by the bay. Actually, it's by a cape. Or in a cape. Cape May, New Jersey, to be exact. And it has a history. A history by another name as well as its own. For those of you who are familiar with the festival by the cape, now known as the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival, this year's edition was full of the typical variances, yours truly a newbie to their style of musical diversity. Only a few of shows are mentioned ...

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Jazztopad 2014, Three World Premieres

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Jazztopad jny:Wroclaw, Poland November 13-15, 2014 Jazztopad enters its second decade with confident stride. The festival has come a long way in the first ten years, evolving, experimenting and growing as any good festival should. In 2014, Jazztopad stands as an internationally renowned festival with a clearly defined ethos, one that combines a strong respect for the traditions and roots of the music with a progressive vision that provides a platform for the contemporary and innovative. The name Jazztopad translates as 'Jazz in November." It's maybe not the most inspired name but for the ...

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Styx at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Styx NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY November 14, 2014 Styx is a rock band from America's heartland (Chicago) whose music blends the best part of rock, power pop, prog-rock, art-rock, arena rock with a touch of classical composition. The band originally consisted of brothers Chuck (bass) and John Panozzo (drums), Dennis DeYoung (vocals, keyboards), guitarists/vocalists, James “JY" Young and John Curulewski. Following Curulewski's departure and the arrival of guitarist Tommy Shaw, the band achieved its greatest success in the late '70s and early '80s. By the mid '80s, both Shaw and DeYoung had left ...

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Fitz and the Tantrums at The Space at Westbury

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Fitz and the Tantrums The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY November 11, 2014 Following an impressive opening set by Alan Wilkis' electronic music project, Big Data (who played an excellent version of its chart topping hit “Dangerous" and a fantastic cover of Hall & Oates' “Private Eyes"), with an all ages audience crowding the stage at Westbury, NY's The Space, the Los Angeles-based neo-pop/funk/soul group Fitz and the Tantrums blasted through a seventeen song set of high octane songs. High energy lead singers Michael Fitzpatrick (Fitz) and Noelle Scaggs danced ...



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