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New Century, Same Genius: Ornette Coleman at JVC

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Since 9/11, visa paperwork and expenses have made it increasingly difficult for musicians outside of the U.S. to play American clubs and concerts. It’s a shame because jazz is now a world music that needs cross-cultural access and collaboration to stimulate growth and reinvention. Despite stiffening bureaucratic obstacles, Washingtonians had the rare opportunity to recently sample five very different Nordic groups at Blues Alley, four of them making their D.C. debut.

With little local press attention, the Finnish trio Hear Hear opened the series to a nearly full house. Though the sign out front referred to them as the Jukka Perko Trio, the group is really a cooperative, with equal contributions from soprano and alto saxophonist Perkko, vibraphonist Severi

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