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The Kooks At the Paramount

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The Kooks The Paramount Huntington, NY October 9, 2014 Formed in 2004 in Brighton, East Sussex, in 2004, the Kooks are: Luke Pritchard on vocals and guitar, guitarist Hugh Harris, bassist Pete Denton and drummer Alexis Nunez. Its swirling jangle-pop music is very much influenced by the bands of the British Invasion as well as by the music of the Clash, Madness, David Bowie, Beck, the Strokes and the Libertines. Following yeoman-like sets laid down by two separate opening acts, the light dimmed and the Kooks strode confidently onto the stage. Melding a ...

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Metropolitan Gospel Big Band at Restoration Temple

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Metropolitan Gospel Big Band Temple of Restoration October 18, 2014 Brooklyn, NY On the CD release event for their debut album Leaning On The Everlasting Arms (Self-Produced, 2014), the sixteen-piece band led by tenor saxophonist Duke Guillaume kicked off the set with George Bennard's classic hymn “The Old Rugged Cross," played with a blues-inflected, mid-tempo feel. The bandleader was the first to take a solo, improvising fluently with long notes. The ensemble did not stretch the tune a lot and quickly moved on to Ralph Carmichael's “He's Everything to Me." Guillaume explained ...

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The Necks at Cafe Oto

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The Necks Cafe Oto London October 8, 2014 It is always a good sign when the imposing windows of Cafe Oto are misted up. If one could see through the condensation, if one could, with just one finger, remove the minuscule droplets amassed on the vertical plains, one would almost invariably spot fine music in the making. A woman, glass of red wine in hand, explains to her neighbour that, yes, this is jazz, but no, this is not like any other jazz. And that, after all, one never knows what to ...

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Abdullah Ibrahim at Zankel Hall

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Abdullah Ibrahim Zankel Hall Ubuntu: Music And Arts Of South Africa New York, NY October 17, 2014 Ubuntu. It's one little six-letter word that carries a world of meaning within its frame. The term itself, roughly translated to mean “I am because you are," took root as a philosophy for black youth liberation in the '40s and '50s, but over time, ubuntu has taken on a life beyond a specific movement. It's a word that, while broad in scope, has clear implications tied to its use in South African history and culture: it's ...

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Tribute to Prentice “Pete” Douglas at Douglas Beach House

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Tribute to Prentice “Pete" Douglas Douglas Beach House Half Moon Bay, CA October 4-5, 2014 In some ways, for all of us who time and again came to the Douglas Beach House in Half Moon Bay to listen to some of the finest jazz anywhere, the passing of Prentice “Pete" Douglas--the absence of the man who sat along the east wall sucking on his dead pipe, listening to the music, sometimes kicking his leg out when something in particular caught his fancy--left an empty space in the hearts of all. So, what do you ...

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Lila Downs at Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Lila Downs Jazz At Lincoln Center New York, NY October 11, 2014 On her two-day residence at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Lila Downs showcased a solid set of old favorites alongside new material from Raiz (Sony Latin, 2014), a collaboration with singers Soledad and Niña Pastori. Backed by an eight-piece band rounded out by Paul Cohen (Musical Director/tenor saxophone), Jugo Moreno (trumpet), George Saenz (trombone & accordion), Leo Soqui (accordion/keys/jarana and shoe percussion), Rafael Gomez (acoustic and electric guitars), Luis Guzman (electric and ukulele bass), Samuel Torres (percussion) and Luis Huerta (drums), ...

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Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver

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Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Fillmore Auditorium Denver October 4, 2014 Robert Plant's new album, Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch, 2014), is an atmospheric affair; music suitable for horseback riding at twilight in misty woods while on the lookout for the Headless Horseman. Perhaps the Led Zeppelin tune most closely matching the feel for many of the songs on the new album is “No Quarter." So it was entirely appropriate that Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters began their concert Saturday night with... “No Quarter." Plant and his band went on to ...



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