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Live Review: Spoleto Festival USA 2019

There had never been anything like it before at Spoleto Festival USA—four consecutive days of 100-degree heat—and nothing like it before in Charleston, S.C., where temperatures that torrid had not previously been recorded in May. Fortunately, two of the three outdoor headliners in Spoleto’s jazz lineup skirted the worst of the heat wave: bassist and … Read More “Live Review: Spoleto Festival USA 2019”

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Live Review: Spoleto Festival USA

Two years ago, there was a changing of the guard in Charleston, S.C, as Spoleto Festival USA brought jazz to the forefront of its 40th-anniversary celebrations. With Wells Fargo jazz director Michael Grofsorean replaced by jazz advisor Larry Blumenfeld, the lineup turned noticeably toward domestic and New World performers, a trend that’s continued since. Blumenfeld’s … Read More “Live Review: Spoleto Festival USA”

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Charles Lloyd Live at the 2001 Spoleto Festival

Charles Lloyd knows something about time. Lloyd brought guitarist John Abercrombie, bassist Jeffrey Littleton and drummer Tony Austin to perform on May 27 at this year’s Spoleto Festival USA to honor a master of time, the late drummer Billy Higgins, who had been scheduled to perform at the concert with the saxophonist. Lloyd opened the … Read More “Charles Lloyd Live at the 2001 Spoleto Festival”

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