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April 23, 2014

Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson at Jazz at Kitano

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By DAN BILAWSKY

Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson Jazz at Kitano New York, NY April 19, 2014 Some relationships are beyond close, bordering on the sacred. There's the strong bond between husband and wife, the high level of trust between friend and confidant, and, perhaps most interestingly, the intimate connection between singer and pianist. That last pairing may seem out of place and trivial in nature to some, but anybody who's ever encountered such a combination knows that it truly belongs on this list. For a pianist and singer to establish a long term ...

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April 22, 2014

Vossa Jazz 2014

By BRUCE LINDSAY

Vossa Jazz Voss, Norway April 11-14, 2014 Vossa Jazz: a jazz festival that's about more than just jazz, an event that takes place at the same point in the calendar every year but not on the same days, a place to celebrate hundreds of years of musical tradition and to encourage music's future with highly-prestigious annual commissions of new work. All of those things, in a small town tucked away among the mountains and fjords of Norway. The phrase “small festival, big heart" has probably been applied to other events across the world, but ...

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April 22, 2014

Diana Krall Sextet at Mesa Arts Center

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By PATRICIA MYERS

Diana Krall Sextet Mesa Arts Center Mesa, Arizona April 8, 2014 Diana Krall applied her sultry voice and dynamic piano style to a captivating if surprising concert that combined jazz with tender childhood memories, silent-film clips and Seinfeld-style mischievous humor. In a stage setting that resembled an old-time theater, Krall mostly performed music from the 1920s and 1930s, saying she loved old music and silent movies,and that she had heard many of the songs on her father's Gramophone, which was positioned stage left throughout the evening. Singing and playing both a grand piano ...

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April 21, 2014

Chick Corea At Town Hall

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By MIKE PERCIACCANTE

Chick Corea Town Hall New York, NY April 10, 2014 With the coronation of rock's royalty taking place a mere six miles across town in Brooklyn at “The House That Jay Z Built" (The Barclays Center), one of jazz' princes took the stage at Manhattan's Town Hall. Chick Corea's solo piano performance was an intimate and spectacular evening comprised of stories, solo piano improvisations and his extraordinary versions of some of the best loved entries in the Great American Songbook. For those in-the-know, Chick Corea needs no introduction. He's a master musician, multiple ...

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April 20, 2014

Helen Sung at Jazz @ Jack's, Denver, CO

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By GEOFF ANDERSON

Helen Sung Jazz @ Jack's 2014 Craft Brewers Conference Denver, CO April 9, 2014 Astaire and Rogers; Bogart and Bacall; Sponge Bob and Patrick... The entertainment world is full of classic pairings. Wednesday night's classic pairing was jazz and craft beer. Dropped in the middle of the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference in jny: Denver, pianist Helen Sung, affiliated with North Coast Brewing Company, put together a virtuoso quintet to match the virtuoso beer on tap. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, Sung naturally plays some of the ...

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April 19, 2014

LiV Warfield At B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill

By MIKE PERCIACCANTE

LiV Warfield B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill New York, NY April 6, 2014 LiV Warfield's musical career began in her late teens when she moving away from her Peoria, IL home to Portland, Oregon. Working there with local musicians, she got her first taste of the music business. Since that time Warfield has performed with and alongside musical heavyweights including B.B. King, Dave Matthews Band, Al Green and many others. Warfield is also a member of Prince's backing band, the New Power Generation. Although she released her first ...

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April 19, 2014

Psychedelic Furs At The Paramount

By MIKE PERCIACCANTE

Psychedelic Furs The Paramount Huntington, NY April 12, 2014 The Psychedelic Furs burst on the scene and achieved its greatest successes during the 1980s. Its biggest success was when “Pretty in Pink" became a worldwide hit after being featured prominently in the John Hughes film of the same name. “Heartbreak Beat," “Heaven," “The Ghost In You," “Love My Way" and “President Gas" also received a great amount of radio airplay. On one of the first warm Saturday evenings of the spring of 2014 (after a bitterly cold winter), Richard Butler and the Psychedelic ...

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April 17, 2014

Live From Old York: Mokoomba, Alistair Anderson, Dan Walsh & The Toasters

By MARTIN LONGLEY

Mokoomba The National Centre For Early Music April 10, 2014 This gig was on the ninth night of a 12-date tour, so Zimbabwe's Mokoomba were well primed for action, tightly configured and slickly earthy. The UK itinerary was assembled by the Making Tracks organisation, who are dedicated to presenting global sounds from all lands. Their taste is always trusty. As is often the case for gigs presenting such rootsy fare, the NCEM was surely close to a sell-out, with throngs spread around the converted church's walls, either for a better view, or a ...

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April 17, 2014

Joshua Redman Quartet at Musical Instrument Museum

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By PATRICIA MYERS

Joshua Redman Quartet Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, Arizona April 3, 2014 Saxophonist Joshua Redman played tribute to past tenor greats, putting his personal imprint on each chart, from Wayne Shorter's “Infant Eyes" to Joe Henderson's “Tetragon" and the sax standard, “Oleo" by Sonny Rollins. Performing with the quartet he formed in 1998--pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson--Redman verified his nearly three-decade command of the tenor in boisterous exuberance and lyrical elegance. Redman opened his second show of the evening with his original," Disco Years," the tall, slender 45-year-old leader ...

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April 16, 2014

Bradford-Gjerstad Quartet at Philadelphia Art Alliance

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By TYRAN GRILLO

Bradford-Gjerstad Quartet Philadelphia Art Alliance Philadelphia, PA March 29, 2014 Pivot or persevere? It's a question that frames every moment of jazz performance and one that suffused the Philadelphia Art Alliance loft, where on a rainy Saturday cornetist Bobby Bradford, reedman Frode Gjerstad, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and drummer Frank Rosaly cast their bones and divined whatever messages came spontaneously to mind. Under the auspices of the Ars Nova Workshop, which presents a yearly series of jazz and experimental music happenings, the Bradford-Gjerstad Quartet put theory to practice by collapsing any differences ...

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April 9, 2014

Ibrahim Maalouf at Jazzablanca Festival 2014

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By MEHDI EL MOUDEN

Ibrahim Maalouf Hippodrome Anfa Jazzablanca Festival Casablanca, Morocco March 31, 2014 Before composer and trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf stepped onto the stage, the audience of Jazzablanca Festival was already cheering wildly. There was a general feeling that his concert would be a memorable one, for fans eager to attend this performance. Scheduled on the third day of the festival and subsequent to Joss Stone and Stacey Kent, Maalouf drew crowds. On the eve of the concert, the organizers had to make two hundred extra seats available so as not to turn away spectators.

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April 8, 2014

Gary Smulyan with Dominic Chianese at Jazz At Kitano

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By DAN BILAWSKY

Gary Smulyan with Dominic Chianese Jazz At Kitano New York, NY April 5, 2014 Shortly before this show began, on a beautiful Saturday evening that truly marked the start of spring, a small crew of musicians and concert-goers, including this writer, were seated around the bar at Jazz At Kitano. The mood in the room was one of relaxation, with a low hum of conversation and laughter hanging in the air. The intelligently irrepressible Matt Wilson, who took to the drums once the show began, was playing ringleader for an impromptu game where participants ...

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April 6, 2014

Brilliant Corners 2014

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By IAN PATTERSON

Brilliant Corners Various Venues Belfast N. Ireland March 26-29, 2014 It's taken a while, but Belfast has finally joined the ranks of cities that play host to an international jazz festival. The first edition of Brilliant Corners was staged in the rejuvenated Cathedral Quarter of the city in 2013 and such was the response of the public, musicans and media that Brian Carson, founder of Northern Ireland's premier music promotions company Moving On Music decided to have another go around. It's great news for Northern Irish jazz fans of course, but ...

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April 5, 2014

The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon Theatre 2014

By DOUG COLLETTE

The Allman Brothers Band Beacon Theatre New York, NY March 21 & 22, 2014 Originally scheduled to be the final two shows of The Allman Brothers Band's 2014 Beacon Theatre run, those dates were subsequently superseded with the announcement of additional performances. However, the distinction returned to the Friday and Saturday shows when Gregg Allman's illness caused the rescheduling of the final four appearances. The founding member and vocalist/songwriter's absence from 3/21 and 3/22 would seem to be quite a liability in itself, yet the remaining member of the group, with some more than able ...

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