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Jazz this week: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge, Jay Oliver, Jazz St. Louis gala, and more

Jazz this week: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge, Jay Oliver, Jazz St. Louis gala, and more

With a forecast for spring-like weather in the offing, it should be a good weekend to get out and hear some live music in St. Louis. However, if you're headed down to the annual Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, don't expect to find much jazz or blues among the musical options. With the notable exception of ...

Drummer Francisco Mela To Lead The Crash Trio + One At Upcoming Performance At Cornelia Street Café On February 24

Drummer Francisco Mela To Lead The Crash Trio + One At Upcoming Performance At Cornelia Street Café On February 24

On February 24, 2017, Cuban drummer Francisco Mela (Joe Lovano, McCoy Tyner, Chucho Valdés) will lead his ensemble, The Crash Trio + One, for a one-night performance at the Cornelia Street Café in New York City. The show will feature Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone), Leo Genovese (piano), Santi Debriano (bass), alongside Mela on drums. Mela’s upcoming performance ...

Afro-Cuban jazz under the banyan trees

Afro-Cuban jazz under the banyan trees

Latin fire is in pianist Chuchito Valdés' genes. He's the son of Chucho Valdés and grandson of the late Bebo Valdés, two of Cuba's venerable jazz pianists.Though now based in Cancun, Mexico, he carries on the family tradition, much like his globetrotting father. Chuchito shared many elements of his Afro-Cuban jazz technique with a crowd beneath ...

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, February 17-23

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, February 17-23

We're looking forward to another star-filled week of jazz in the metro, including a revisiting of Ellington's Money Jungle, a rare performance by What Would Monk Do, a homecoming for sax great Bobby Watson, a new show with the amazing Cecile McLorin Salvant and two pianists... and more. Big Gigs This Week Friday, February 17. Jeremy ...

A jazz event 50+ years in the making...

A jazz event 50+ years in the making...

To say it was long overdue is an understatement. Joshua Breakstone and Don Mopsick grew up in Linden. NJ. Their families knew each other and sometimes hung out together back in the 1960s, long before either man had any designs on a career in music. Guitar modernist Breakstone and Mopsick, best known as the bassist in ...

A night of jazz with "George Who?"

A night of jazz with "George Who?"

You may not know him by name, but changes are great you've heard this saxophonist's performances over the past five decades on countless hit pop, rock 'n' roll or jazz recordings, movie and TV soundtracks.* Studio musicians and even big-band section players often toil in anonymity, unlike the exposure that can come from small group jazz ...

Jazz this week: Mike Stern & Kimberly Thompson, George Sams, Ralph Towner, Ikue Mori & Nate Wooley, Russell Gunn, and more

Jazz this week: Mike Stern & Kimberly Thompson, George Sams, Ralph Towner, Ikue Mori & Nate Wooley, Russell Gunn, and more

As you might be able to deduce from looking at the headline for this post, it's very busy week for jazz and creative music in St. Louis. Over the next few days, there will be a plethora of visiting performers on local stages, plus the opening of a play about one of the most famous jazz ...

A fine tribute to Brazilian jazz

A fine tribute to Brazilian jazz

To fully appreciate the rich place that Brazilian jazz holds today among the world's music forms, you have to go back to its roots in the late 1950s and the 1960s. So that's what a top-notch quintet did on Sunday, February 12 on Longboat Key, across the bay from Sarasota FL. The event, co-sponsored by the ...

The fine art of solo jazz piano

The fine art of solo jazz piano

Either as a snowbird or a full-time resident, pianist-composer-arranger Dick Hyman has lived 30 miles up the road in Venice for a few years longer than the Charlotte County Jazz Society has existed. The stars aligned on Monday, February 13, for Hyman to make his first CCJS appearance in Port Charlotte. It was long overdue. And ...

Washington D.C.'s Premiere All-Woman Jazz Orchestra Shannon Gunn And The Bullettes To Perform At Republic Restoratives As Part Of The 2017 Washington Women In Jazz Festival

Washington D.C.'s Premiere All-Woman Jazz Orchestra  Shannon Gunn And The Bullettes To Perform At Republic Restoratives As Part Of The 2017 Washington Women In Jazz Festival

Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes, the premiere all-women jazz orchestra in the Washington, D.C., area will perform for the 2017 Washington Women in Jazz Festival at Republic Restoratives Distillery and Craft Cocktail Bar on Thursday, March 2 from 7:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Republic Restoratives is the largest female-owned crowd-funded distillery in the world, and the March 2 ...


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