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The Band: Pioneers of American Music by Craig Harris

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The Band: Pioneers of American Music Craig Harris 214 Pages ISBN: #978081089040 Rowman & Littlefield 2014 It is difficult, if not impossible or unadvisable, to consider Bob Dylan and The Band separately. Theirs was an artistic event horizon that changed much of music afterwards. Writer and percussionist Craig Harris has lovingly committed to pixels The Band: Pioneers of American Music, the thoroughly researched and considered story of the Band, and necessarily, its ...

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Tiffany Austin: Nothing But Soul

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While countless artists have covered the music of Hoagy Carmichael, album-length tributes from a single artist saluting his work aren't all that common; Carmichael salutes that reshape some of his most beloved compositions are, understandably, even more scarce, as there are heavy risks involved in toying with the nature of his treasured songs. Tiffany Austin, however, isn't afraid of expressing her love of Carmichael's work in her own sweetly soulful way. On Nothing But Soul, this Berkeley-based ...

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The Who Live at Shea Stadium 1982

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The Who Live at Shea Stadium 1982 Eagle Vision 2015 It's equal parts courageous and foolish for The Who to release this document of their 'farewell' tour from over four decades ago as the group celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2015. Business enterprise aside, the band as it was constituted at Shea Stadium outside New York was not capable of the explosive dynamics of the original quartet with drummer Keith Moon who had died four ...

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The Global Jazz Orchestra: Global Warming / Globarhythm

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One day, about a dozen or so years ago, a slender, unassuming Japanese man stood at a booth at the far end of an exhibit hall at an annual conference of the (now-defunct) International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE). Answering a question posed by a writer looking for big-band CDs to review, he said, in halting English, “Yes, I am Akira Nonomura, leader of Global Jazz Orchestra, and we do have CD." With that, he handed the writer a copy ...

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Psychedelic Furs and the Church at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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Psychedelic Furs and the Church NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY August 19, 2015 The Psychedelic Furs are one of the most iconic bands of the modern rock era. The British band found initial fame in the early 1980s with what was originally an art-rock sound that developed into the more robust new wave modern rock with which the band achieved its biggest successes. The band initially consisted of Richard Butler (vocals), ...

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Arshak Sirunyan: Serendipity

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Pianist/composer Arshak Sirunyan last offered up a startlingly good multi-media, cross-genre collection with Hoodman's Blind (Self-produced, 2014). That recording found the Armenian born musician tackling the complexities of translating a medieval contest of strategy to an engaging musical concept. The success of that album hinged--in no small part--on Sirunyan's ability to blend disparate elements of chamber, folk, rock and jazz into a consistent hybrid style of his own. More aspiring, and completely different, is Serendipity, a stunning work of modern ...

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London, Meander, Pramuk & Ross: The Royal Bopsters Project

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In the beginning, and by “beginning" I mean the February 26, 1926 commitment to shellac of Boyd Atkins' “Heebie Jeebies" by one Louis Armstrong. Legend has it that Armstrong dropped his lyric sheet while recording the song and no words to sing, began to improvise his vocals, creating scat singing. This was one of the first innovations to occur in jazz vocals, which were essentially being created by Armstrong this this and other recordings. It is not a far reach ...

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Jazz and Joy Festival 2015

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Jazz and Joy Festival 2015 Worms, Germany June 19-21, 2015 The Jazz and Joy Festival, located in the German town of Worms, celebrated its 25th anniversary. Not far from Frankfurt on Main, Worms carries an illustrious historical heritage, as the site of the Middle Age Nibelung Legend, which was later masterfully rendered in music by Richard Wagner in the series of operas called Der Ring des Nibelungen. The festival--featuring 40 bands, on five different ...



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