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Bill Charlap & Gary Hobbs at the Earshot Jazz Festival

It can’t be helped. For at least the next few seasons, the three venues at Columbus Circle that now house Jazz at Lincoln Center (Rose Theater, Allen Hall, Dizzy’s) will upstage the stars and merit mention.

This review is no exception and hey, even Scofield and Mehldau saw fit to pay sincere lip service to JALC, and to what is a singular visual and (most importantly) positive listening experience. Not that it was necessary. Rose Theater has three tiers of seating that fully surround the stage, box seats that jut into the hall like the front of roller-coaster cars, and lighting that includes giant color-changing chicklets on the ceiling. Among New York City’s staid, venerable venues, it leaps out.

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