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McCoy Tyner with Geri Allen and Kenny Barron at SFJAZZ

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McCoy Tyner with Geri Allen and Kenny Barron SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA January 18, 2015 Three of the jazz world's best known pianists recently came together at SFJAZZ in jny: San Francisco, California for a memorable triptych of styles. Heading the bill was piano patriarch McCoy Tyner. Now 76, Tyner initially made his mark as a pianist in the John Coltrane Quartet before moving on to compose as well as to front his own ensembles. ...

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Tim Warfield’s All-Star Jazzy Christmas at Tempe Center for the Arts

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Tim Warfield's All-Star Jazzy Christmas Tempe Center for the Arts Tempe, Arizona December 20, 2014 A top-level East Coast jazz sextet performed a concert that reinvented holiday-season favorites with jazzy improvisations as part of the monthly Lakeshore Music series. Saxophonist Tim Warfield led a strong contingent that featured trumpeter Terell Stafford, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Chris Beck, plus guest vocalist Joanna Pascale. The program included traditional, ...

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Pharaoh Sanders at SFJAZZ

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Pharoah Sanders SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA January 9, 2014 Pharoah Sanders is hardly a stranger to jny: San Francisco. Residing just across the Bay Bridge in jny: Oakland, the 74-year-old saxophonist has performed in the city on numerous occasions, including a solo gig at Grace Cathedral for SFJAZZ some years back. For this performance, SFJAZZ brought him back for a four-night gig, this time at its own hall and in the company of three seasoned ...

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Matt Haviland, Andy Farber, Steve Berger, Mark Hagan, Andrew Swift at The Old 76 House

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Matt Haviland, Andy Farber, Steve Berger, Mark Hagan, Andrew Swift The Old 76 House Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon Tappan, NY January 14, 2015 The personalities of trombonist Matt Haviland and tenor/alto saxophonist Andy Farber emerged, prominently and in glorious detail, during the opening set of Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon. While most jazz musicians relentlessly pursue the holy grail of an individualistic sound and conception, both Haviland and Farber were uncommonly successful in realizing ...

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Vijay Iyer Trio at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts

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Vijay Iyer Trio Brooks Center for the Peforming Arts Utsey Chamber Music Series Clemson, SC 1/15/2015 The Vijay Iyer Trio's performance at Clemson University's Brooks Center for the Perfoming Arts was the first jazz programmed as part of the long-running Utsey Chamber Music Series. As the presenter pointed out in her introduction, most jazz is technically chamber music: one player on a part. When the band took the stage Iyer greeted the crowd ...

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ICP Orchestra Plus Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley at FringeArts

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ICP Orchestra FringeArts Ars Nova Workshops Philadelphia, PA January 11, 2015 Despite a cold and damp Sunday night in January, a packed house came to hear a stellar group of musicians from the Netherlands for a performance at the FringeArts Center in the Old City section of town. This collective of seasoned and versatile musicians call themselves the ICP or Instant Composers Pool, and they embody guitarist Jim Hall's broad definition of jazz ...

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Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon At The Old 76 House

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Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon The Old 76 House Tappan, NY January 7, 2015 While the outside temperature plummeted to single digits and everyone groused about the bitter cold, tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama--undeterred by the circumstances--calmly suggested “Winter Wonderland." The seasonal favorite was the second selection by an ad hoc group assembled by bassist Mark Hagan, as part of his Wednesday night Jazz Salon series at The Old 76 House in Tappan, NY. A rewarding ...

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Chris Botti at Blue Note Jazz Club

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Chris Botti Blue Note Jazz Club 10th Annual Holiday Residency New York, NY January 2, 2015 Chris Botti has held his own as a contemporary music darling since making splashes as both a studio and live musician in the mid-1990s. Gracefully sidestepping knee-jerk criticism and bolstered by widespread praise, he has forged a smooth, individual path across a variety of genres, earning an equally diverse fan base along the way. Whether or not one ...



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