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A jazzy way to end the day

A jazzy way to end the day

Drummer Eddie Metz Jr. brought his mighty International Trio plus tenor saxophonist Harry Allen to Sarasota FL to provide a musical balm to Inauguration Day on Thursday, January 20. “We're glad your here rather than at home cheering or yelling at the TV," Metz said at the outset. “We don't care what side you're on— because ...

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 20-26

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 20-26

Just a week ago it was way below zero; now it's all melting. I think some of the credit goes to the hot jazz in the Twin Cities! And it will be hot enough to keep things above freezing as we head into another week filled with great jazz from one end of the metro to ...

Jazz guitar mastery and heartfelt moments

Jazz guitar mastery and heartfelt moments

Guitarist Larry Coryell, Russell Malone and Nate Najar teamed up Thursday, January 19 for an evening that showcased their individual styles and common ground as players. The concert, billed as the Great Guitars of Jazz, was held at the Venice (FL) Performing Arts Center. It brought together guitarists from three generations. Coryell, 73, best known for ...

Drummer/Composer Juan Carlos Polo CD Release Concert at Smoke Jazz Club on February 1

Drummer/Composer Juan Carlos Polo CD Release Concert at  Smoke Jazz Club on February 1

Official CD release concert will be held on February 1st at Smoke Jazz Club Insomnio was recorded and produced in NYC with New York-based musicians under the record label One Trick Dog Records. Drummer and composer Juan Carlos Polo will present his debut album Insomnio on February 1st at the world-renowned Smoke Jazz Club. With Insomnio, ...

Legendary French Violinist Jean Luc Ponty To Tour The United States Summer 2017

Legendary French Violinist Jean Luc Ponty To Tour The United States Summer 2017

Legendary French violinist Jean Luc Ponty and his band will be bringing their “Atlantic Years” tour to the US beginning late May 2017! Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of the violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin ...

Jazz this week: Regina Carter, Iva Bittová & Hamid Drake, and more

Jazz this week: Regina Carter, Iva Bittová & Hamid Drake, and more

Wondering what's happening this week in live jazz and creative music in St. Louis? Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, January 18 Arguably the premier jazz violinist working today, Regina Carter (pictured, top left) opens a four-night engagement continuing through Saturday at Jazz at the Bistro. Like many a conservatory trained musician, Carter certainly has fluid ...

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 13-19

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 13-19

Despite the bitter cold as we start the weekend, forecasters say it will warm up over the following days to reach almost balmy by the end of the week, and I think we can in part thank our local and visiting jazz artists for generating some of the heat! The weekend brings some unique and popular ...

A jazz singer's heartfelt return to familiar territory

A jazz singer's heartfelt return to familiar territory

Toronto-based singer June Garber delivered a superb- and superbly programmed- performance on Friday, January 13 as part of the South County Club's matinee concert series in Venice FL. It was the first area appearance in nearly two years for Garber, a vocalist whose art crosses the border between jazz and cabaret with ease. The occasional cabaret-style ...

Jazz this week: Tortoise, Jazz at Lincoln Center Group, Anat Cohen, and more

Jazz this week: Tortoise, Jazz at Lincoln Center Group, Anat Cohen, and more

Unpredictable weather is just one reason that a lot of touring acts like to stay home in early January. But whether St. Louis this weekend ends up with the spring-like temperatures we're enjoying at midweek, or with the ice storm being promised (threatened?) by Friday, the calendar of upcoming live jazz and creative music performances in ...

Sarasota Jazz Project returns for a strong big band night

Sarasota Jazz Project returns for a strong big band night

What a difference three years makes. The Sarasota Jazz Project returned to Port Charlotte on Monday, January 9 for Big Band Night in the Charlotte County Jazz Society's concert series. With very few personnel changes, the band was stronger and more in the groove compared to its ho-hum December 2013 performance. It showcased both classic and ...


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