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The true jazz experience happens onstage in front of an audience—our concert and festival reviewers take you there.

Live Review: Charlie Haden at Yoshi’s

Through bassist Charlie Haden’s long and illustrious career, concepts such as “freedom” and “liberation” seem to turn up repeatedly. His role in the evolution of free jazz with Ornette Coleman’s quartet has been well documented, and his own recordings with the Liberation Music Orchestra obviously extend the theme. In this regard, it is interesting now … Read More “Live Review: Charlie Haden at Yoshi’s”

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Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak

John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Fred Frith and Dave Lombardo were waiting in the wings, ready to cap off the 2001 Victoriaville festival, with the 25th show of outside instincts in five densely packed musical days. Before they came onstage, intrepid founding artistic director Michel Levasseur suddenly interrupted his introductory comments to apply a red clown … Read More “Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak”

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Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak

Trombonist Julian Priester’s contributions and collaborations to and within the world of jazz have earned him not just the respect and admiration, but also the affection of those he has touched along the way. And so there was a sense of relief and celebration in the air when Priester returned to performing, at a benefit … Read More “Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak”

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Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak

It may not have the reputation of other, more high-profile, annual European festivals but this 26th edition of the Bern Jazz Festival, run by Hans Zurbrugg and his wife, Marianne Gauer, proved that in terms of scope, production and presentation it deserves to be ranked among the best. In Bern, the capital of Switzerland, festival … Read More “Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak”

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Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak

Has the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival become too much of a good thing? That’s a question that was on the minds and in the mouths of more than a few concertgoers on Sat. May 5, the second-to-last day of the sprawling celebration of regional and international jazz, blues and roots music, pop, rock … Read More “Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak”

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Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak

The crowd came to Jazz Alley early, packing the club from the end of the bar to the last table in the balcony. As twilight and drizzle fell beyond the wall of windows looking onto 6th Avenue, the patrons sat enjoying the spectacle of clearing sky, silhouettes of trees, passing umbrellas and patterns of headlights … Read More “Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak”

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Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak

Hamilton’s springtime foray into the interior of Washington State gave Pacific Northwest listeners an opportunity to hear the latest edition of his trio. With pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist Christoph Luty, the drummer did a series of workshops and concerts at Central Washington University in Ellensburg and Columbia Basin College in Pasco. Playing to a … Read More “Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak”

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Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak

One of the great gifts that New York music lovers cherish each year is the gala Wall to Wall marathon that takes place at Symphony Space, the Upper West Side bastion of innovative programming. A free event that has been going strong since 1978, Wall to Wall focuses on presenting the music of a single … Read More “Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak”

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Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak

Ornette Coleman’s remarkable career has operated at two levels: fighting the battle every lonely visionary must fight and fighting against the frustration that flows from this. It has meant the alto saxophonist, who once threatened to pull the jazz temple down by abandoning prearranged harmony and to some extent the constraints of bar lines as … Read More “Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak”

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