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Live Review: 2019 Belgrade Jazz Festival (VIDEO)

When you think of the great autumn jazz festivals of Europe, cities like London, Berlin, and perhaps Milan come to mind. You don’t necessarily think of Belgrade, Serbia. Many jazz people are probably surprised to learn that Belgrade has a festival. In the 1990s, Serbia and the Balkans dominated the cable news channels during the … Read More “Live Review: 2019 Belgrade Jazz Festival (VIDEO)”

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Live Review: 2018 Playboy Jazz Festival

The Playboy Jazz Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Hollywood Bowl this year, and since its inauguration, much has changed. The lineup in 1979, as listed in the Los Angeles Times on June 2 of that year, included Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Harold Land, and a special tribute to Charles Mingus … Read More “Live Review: 2018 Playboy Jazz Festival”

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New Orleans Celebrates Itself at Jazz Fest

At an event before the 49th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, producer Quint Davis announced that Jazz Fest would not be focusing on a particular country as part of its booking theme this year. In honor of the city’s tricentennial, he said, “New Orleans is the country we’re celebrating.” Given the obsessively self-referential culture … Read More “New Orleans Celebrates Itself at Jazz Fest”

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Charles Lloyd New Quartet: Passin’ Thru (Blue Note)

Passin’ Thru marks a decade for saxophonist/flutist Charles Lloyd’s “New Quartet” featuring pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland. (The name differentiates this unit from his 1960s quartet with Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee and Jack DeJohnette.) Not surprisingly, it finds them even tighter and more inventive than on their 2007 debut, when … Read More “Charles Lloyd New Quartet: Passin’ Thru (Blue Note)”

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