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WOMAD 2017

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WOMAD Charlton Park Malmesbury, England July 27-30, 2017 The WOMAD global music festival has mostly been immune to bad weather during its 35 year history. World Of Music, Arts & Dance traditionally occupies the last weekend of July, which mostly guarantees a good scorching. There was the notorious WOMUD of 2007, its debut at the Charlton Park estate, close to Malmesbury in the West Country of England. Then, there was heavy downpouring ...

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Punkt Festival 2017

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Punkt Festival Kristinsand, Norway August 31-September 2, 2017 Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Southern Norway, is a festival of internationally high artistic reputation and esteem. Founded in 2005, its 13th edition presented a wider range of musical performances and seminars plus a special art exhibition, featuring artists Tori Wrånes, Kristin Evensen, and Sandra Mujinga in co-operation with the Kristiansand Kunsthal. It's one of the few festivals that cuts through genres for purely artistic reasons. In ...

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Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan at the Iridium

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Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan The Iridium New York, NY September 8, 2017 Speakeasy is a public television series that pairs Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers, Grammy Award winners, Tony Award winners and iconic musicians with an interviewer of their choice. The show features conversations between the stars and stories that may not be very well-known. It often features special performances that can only take place in the show's unique environment.

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38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival

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38th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan September 1-4, 2017 Those of us who have been following jazz music for a long time know that there are definite changes in the landscape these days that are having a major impact on the music scene. For starters, we recently have lost a large number of irreplaceable jazz greats making for a scene that is not quite as vibrant as it once was. Additionally, marketing ...

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Sue Rynhart at The Cresent Arts Centre

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Sue Rynhart The Crescent Arts Centre jny: Belfast, N. Ireland September 7, 2017 Beatroot, Moving On Music's folk 'n' roots music festival, returned for its third annual outing with a typically eclectic line-up that embraced contemporary folk music of the broadest possible spectrum. With almost as much cross-genre pollination in folk as there is in jazz these days, more and more artists defy facile categorization. Sue Rynhart, who opened the four-night festival ...

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38th International Jazzfestival Saalfelden

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International Jazzfestival of Saalfelden Saalfelden, AustriaAugust 24-27, 2017 Once again, set against the amazing backdrop of the Austrian Alps, the International Jazzfestival of Saalfelden offered a unique perspective on the most adventurous jazz from around the world, as it does since its inception in the 1970s. It is no coincidence that its rich programme (37 performances in 4 days), as well as the local warm hospitality, keep attracting promoters, critics and a very diverse ...

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Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

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Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Lessons from Our Masters New York, NY September 3, 2017 At 87, the brilliant pianist/bandleader/composer Toshiko Akiyoshi knows by now what works for her and what doesn't. As she ambled onto the stage at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center on a warm Sunday evening as part of the club's Lessons From Our Masters series the still vibrant musician joked with the crowd about her advanced age ...

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Marquis Hill Blacktet at Scullers Jazz Club

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Marquis Hill Blacktet Scullers Jazz Club Boston, MA August 26, 2017 We have a few places to stop and hear someone sling a horn in Boston, but Scullers Jazz Club has long been one of the best. It has better acoustics than the Regattabar, better drinks than the BPC, and what may be the most consistently excellent schedule in town. They only book Thursday through Saturday, but they're hosting the Dizzy Gillespie ...

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Pat Martino at Dazzle

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Pat Martino Dazzle Denver, CO July 16, 2017 How can you introduce Pat Martino? I was asked to do this shortly before the Pat Martino Trio performed at Dazzle in Denver, Colorado on July 16. A lecture would have been easier for me, since I am a professor and I adore the man's playing. I also feel warmly toward him personally. I could only say a few things. I mentioned that his ...


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