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Previews

We take a look ahead at upcoming jazz events and festivals.

Variety Show Set to Celebrate Harlem Renaissance in Northern California

Featuring the music of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, and Ethel Waters as well as a nine-piece band with three dancers, Harlem 100 is set to celebrate one of the country’s most influential artistic movements: the Harlem Renaissance. Hosted by vocalist Michael Mwenso and his band the Shakes, the Harlem 100 variety … Read More “Variety Show Set to Celebrate Harlem Renaissance in Northern California”

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Joe Lovano Gets Universal

“A lot of times, I think jazz is too restricted to a style,” saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano says. “When you’re a younger player, you study styles, and you have to play in styles because you don’t know anything else. As you develop as an improviser, those things are inside your playing, and you relate … Read More “Joe Lovano Gets Universal”

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Jazz Mafia Ready to Celebrate Milestone Concert in San Francisco

The sound of San Francisco-based collective Jazz Mafia has been described as a “full-size philharmonic…jamming with a classic big band during a street-corner rap battle.” Trombonist, bassist and band leader Adam Theis launched the raucous ensemble, which consists of several groups such as the Shotgun Wedding Quintet, Realistic Orchestra and more, in 1998. In 2009 the Jazz … Read More “Jazz Mafia Ready to Celebrate Milestone Concert in San Francisco”

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Arts for Art Will Present The Sun Ra Arkestra on September 6

Arts for Art, in partnership with A Gathering of the Tribes, will present a special evening of performances in tribute to Poet Laureate of the Lower East Side, Steve Cannon, on September 6. An iconoclastic mainstay in the Lower East Side, Cannon was known for opening his apartment as a gathering space for poets, artists, musicians, … Read More “Arts for Art Will Present The Sun Ra Arkestra on September 6”

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Newport Jazz Festival 2019: 10 Artists Make Their Picks

Summer is all business for jazz musicians. Airports, hotels, club stints, camp gigs —the road delivers the perks of building new audiences and visiting far-flung locales, but it’s also a draining whirl that often bars rest, family, and friends. That’s why festivals are so special. Arguably, the Newport Jazz Festival is the most special of them … Read More “Newport Jazz Festival 2019: 10 Artists Make Their Picks”

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