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Montreux Jazz Journal 2015: Lenny Kravitz Enlists a Sweet Swiss Army

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Lenny Kravitz, Assorted Others Auditorium Stravinski, various locations Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland June 13, 2015 Sometimes a performer's most primary appeal is obvious. In tonight's case that appeal was verified by a large percentage of fired-up females, wedged in for Lenny Kravitz's sweltering, sold-out set in the grand Auditorium Stravinski. The enduringly fashionable Kravitz and his fans brought more progressive wardrobes than you'd normally see for typical Montreux attire, ...

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The Gaslight Anthem at The Paramount

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The Gaslight Anthem The Paramount Huntington, NY July 21, 2015 New Jersey's newest favorite sons rocked a sold-out, packed-to-the-gills Paramount on a steamy Tuesday evening in late July. It was blistering hot outside and the Gaslight Anthem's burning performance insured that it was just as hot inside the Huntington, NY rock 'n' roll mecca. The energy was high, the walls were sweating and the audience was bopping, clapping and singing along with singer/guitarist Brian Fallon ...

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Def Leppard with special guests Styx and Tesla at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

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Def Leppard with special guests Styx and Tesla Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY July 23, 2015 Def Leppard is a band of survivors. The English rock group was formed in 1977 and at the time featured Rick Savage (originally on guitar, later on bass), Tony Kenning on drums, Pete Willis on guitar and Joe Elliot on vocals and occasionally on guitar. In early 1978, guitarist Steve Clark joined the band. Legend has it ...

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Dave Mason's Traffic Jam at The Paramount

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Dave Mason's Traffic Jam The Paramount Huntington, NY July 25, 2015 Dave Mason has seen and done it all. He, along with Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi, co-founded Traffic. He was a member (although briefly) of both Delaney, Bonnie & Friends and Fleetwood Mac, served as a temporary second guitarist in Eric Clapton's Derek & the Dominos and participated in the recording of George Harrison's All Things Must Pass (Apple Records, 1970). In 1971 he ...

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Dawes at Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT

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Dawes Higher Ground South Burlington, VT July 21, 2015 Dawes is making up for lost time in 2015. The jny: Los Angeles-based band reasserted themselves as recording artists in the studio with All Your Favorite Bands (Hub Records, 2015) and is now taking the next logical step in their development as a performing unit. In doing so, the group is enhancing an abiding and honest connection with their followers that justified Dawes' position as headliners ...

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Gent Jazz Festival 2015: Part 1

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Gent Jazz Festival Bijloke Gent, Belgium July 10-12, 2015 A bold beginning was made with the festival's opening night, perhaps concentrating on some of director Bertrand Flamang's personal favourites. This evening was never destined to be a sell-out session, but its programming featured some of the most innovative, creative and, well, best exponents of the music worldwide. Earlier in the running order were a pair of young pianists who are quaking ...

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Steve LaSpina Quartet at William Paterson University

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Steve LaSpina Quartet William Paterson University Summer Jazz Room Wayne, NJ July 23, 2015 At William Paterson University, jazz is taken seriously. Undergraduate and graduate courses are taught by some of the most distinguished names in the business, and the music is presented to the public with care and attention to detail. The past, present, and future are all part of the experience of pursuing a degree or attending a jazz concert at ...

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Jazz for Kids: Copenhagen Jazz Festival

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Jazz for Kids: Folkegaven (Kresten Osgood & Lars Greve) and Sun Ra for KidsCopenhagen Jazz Festival Søndermarken Park, Frederiksberg July 10, 2015 The Copenhagen Jazz Festival is a massive event, lasting 10 days, offering 1,200 concerts that envelope all corners of the Danish capital and draws an audience of about 250,000 people. Some of them are children, enjoying a special six-day program designed for them, featuring some of the best musicians performing at the festival. ...



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