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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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Kurt Elling's Passion World at Jazz at the Kimmel

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Kurt Elling: “Passion World" Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Perelman Theater Philadelphia, PA October 5, 2014 Kurt Elling has repeatedly proved his mettle as a vocalist, accumulating so many Downbeat awards and Grammy nominations that it seems superfluous to once again critique any of his performances. One can only say, “Ditto, he's done it again." But, because he keeps developing his scope, it's always worth taking a new look. A telescopic perspective can help. The last time this reviewer saw Elling live was a decade ago ...

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Carl Bartlett, Jr. First Set at the Kitano: Jazz At Kitano

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Carl Bartlett, Jr. Jazz At Kitano New York, NY September 25, 2014 Alto saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr.'s musical bloodlines run deep. The son of Carl Bartlett, Sr. and nephew of Charles Bartlett (who formed an R&B show and dance band “The Bartlett Contemporaries"), Carl, Jr. has the pedigree. He also has the chops. Bartlett attended the Manhattan School of Music. In his short career he has graced the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Lonnie Liston Smith, Roy Hargrove and others. Along with the members of his quartet (Yoichi Uzeki on piano, ...

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Los Lobos at The Flynn Center for The Performing Arts

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Los Lobos The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington VT October 1, 2014 Los Lobos are celebrating four decades together by returning to their acoustic roots on tour in support of their live release of late last year, Disconnected in New York (Shout Factory, 2013). And the band certainly celebrated on their return to Burlington after a five year absence, offering an progressively loose and raucous performance that nevertheless never lost its decidedly intimate mood for the course of the two sets. Perhaps because he had missed the previous two stops due ...

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Steve Earle & Shawn Colvin at The Space at Westbury

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Steve Earle & Shawn Colvin The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY September 27, 2014 Grammy Award winning singer-songwriters Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin brought their “Stories & Songs: Together Onstage" tour to Westbury Long Island on a warm and pleasant Saturday evening in late September. After opening the evening's performance with a short but sweet cover version of the Everly Brothers classic “Wake Up Little Suzie," Earle announced, “We'll be singing songs and telling stories on stage together tonight. I'll sing some. Shawn will sing some. We'll sing some together...and ...



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