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

Greetings from cold, snowy Moscow, Idaho, temporary jazz capitol of America. Between February 21 and 23, this modest college town just east of the Washington state line is inundated with jazz activity, with a veritable nomadic encampment of student band competitions (junior high through college), master classes, workshops and a roster of celebrated artists. The … 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

Alto Saxophonist Lee Konitz and pianist Frank Kimbrough played a one-time only duo performance at the Dayton Art Institute on Saturday, January 20, under the auspices of Cityfolk, Dayton’s jazz and ethnic presenting organization. Cityfolk’s Dave Barber introduced Konitz and he came out to play an extended solo improvisation on Cole Porter’s “The Song is … 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 Library of Congress presented trumpeter, composer and controversy-stirrer Dave Douglas in a delightful portrait of three colors on October 14. The debut of his emotionally complex commissioned piece, “Irrational Exuberance for Violin and Piano,” for piano and violin, was the centerpiece of the evening, while performances with his groups, Charms of the Night Sky … 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 Vail festival grew out of an idea that originated in Colorado in 1963 when Dick Gibson began his jazz parties. The Gibson affair became the model for dozens of similar gatherings but, with Gibson and his parties long gone, Vail expands beyond private jam sessions for wealthy subscribers. Beginning in late July with 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

Estoril, near Lisbon on Portugal’s sun-drenched coast, is the home of one of Europe’s most intimate jazz events. For the festival’s 19th year, impresario Duarte Mendonca presented concerts by four established artists and two intriguing lesser-known musicians, Dena DeRose and Bill Carrothers, between July 7 and 15. The festival also included club performances and a … Read More “Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak”

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