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Live Review: 2018 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

Now in its 29th year of operation, geographically and artistically positioned between the SFJAZZ season and the Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (which ran from Aug. 10-12 in downtown San Jose, Calif.) presented a balanced roster of jazz, blues/New Orleans, and Latin-oriented artists on 12 outdoor and indoor stages. For the most … Read More “Live Review: 2018 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest”

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Review: 2017 Savannah Music Festival

Jazz is always prominent when the Savannah Music Festival cranks up its eclectic assortment, with diehard jazz fans dropping anchor during Jazz Week, culminating in the epic Swing Central Finale concert at Lucas Theatre of the Arts. Three high-school big bands perform, finalists of the Swing Central workshops and competition, followed by a concert where the mentoring musicians … Read More “Review: 2017 Savannah Music Festival”

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Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation: Romance, Swing and the Blues

Marcus Roberts went large with his latest. Financing the project with a Kickstarter campaign, the pianist-composer maintained his loyal trio of bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis, called upon tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley, an early cohort, then expanded the ensemble threefold, bringing in eight more horn players to flesh out his ideas. The setup, … Read More “Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation: Romance, Swing and the Blues”

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