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Earl Thomas At Biscuits & Blues

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Earl Thomas Returns to Biscuits & Blues Earl Thomas Homecoming Biscuits & Blues San Francisco, CA July 7, 2017 Earl Thomas and his potent band ignited the enthusiastic audience at San Francisco's Biscuits & Blues, located near Union Square. Vocalist Thomas' band featured: guitarist and band leader Ben Zinn, drummer Mark Lamson, keyboardist Noah Williams, bassist Tim McNalley, trumpeter Julian Davis and trombonist Erik Dewhirst. Thomas, the consummate showman, said ...

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Geof Bradfield: Birdhoused

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A horn-fest? That was the initial impression of saxophonist Geof Bradfield's Birdhoused, a set featuring a quintet with no chording instrument and  four horn front line in a live set at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. While Bradfield's Melba (Origin Records, 2013) paid tribute to the under-sung trombonist/composer/arranger Melba Liston; and his Roots (Origin Records, 2015) explored the sounds of Leadbelly, Blind Willie Johnson and the Georgia Sea Island Singers, Birdhoused expands the horizons, delving into the disparate sounds of ...

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My Morning Jacket on The Green At Shelburne Museum

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My Morning Jacket The Green at Shelburne Museum, Ben & Jerry's Concerts on the Green 2017 Shelburne, VT July 12, 2017 More impressive in their sound than in their songs, My Morning Jacke nevertheless redeemed themselves by the end of roughly two hours on stage on The Green at Shelburne Museum. The Kentucky quintet reaffirmed their solidarity as a band with a furious close to a single extended set plagued to so some ...

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Orbital Quintet: Vol. 1

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On its debut album, the Northern California-based Orbital Quintet offers eight intriguing tracks that avoid the clichés of standard blowing sessions, embracing instead the more subtle pleasures of mood and texture. With four compositions by guitarist David Wright, one each by bassist Benjamin Lee and trumpeter John Harrington, and a couple of freely improvised pieces, there's a range of stylistic approaches on display here. Lee's “Home Away" and Wright's “Lower Orbit" are the most straightforwardly “jazzy" cuts on ...

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Vanessa Collier: Meeting My Shadow

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During the golden age of rhythm and blues, the saxophonist, who often doubled on vocals, was the leader of the band, and the star of the show. Fast forward, and we find Vanessa Collier who is all of the above, and also a genuine quadruple threat. With an honored degree from Berklee, and having spent several years honing her sax skills with bluesman Joe Louis Walker, her sophomore release Meeting My Shadow shows her terrific ability on blues toned alto ...

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Guelph Jazz Festival 2016

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In the small college town of Guelph less than an hour's drive west of jny: Toronto, a significant festival has occurred each September since 1994. Recently retired Artistic Director Ajay Heble prided himself on featuring the very best in improvised music, culling his program from the ranks of the best international purveyors of this music. By combining a colloquium of academic lectures on jazz with a top-notch performance agenda, the festival has gained a reputation as one of the best ...

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Larry Wilson: No Secrets No Lies

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Larry Wilson is a native of Cleveland, Ohio but was raised Jacksonville, Florida. He began his love affair with music at the tender age of three playing the drums in church. Unless you are fortunate enough to already know about Wilson, you'd never guess he is a young man that has just released his debut album, No Secrets No Lies. Whether you dig Be-bop or modern jazz, there is something for every on this album. Wilson takes this ...

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Edgefest 2016

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One of the most consistently satisfying festivals in the USA, or for that matter anywhere, can be found in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where each fall, a superb lineup of innovative international performers produce music of significance over a four-day period. The appropriately named Edgefest, for the music has always been on the cutting edge, calls the Kerrytown Concert House home. This intimate, acoustically friendly venue showcases world-class musicians who immediately become part of the sprawling Edgefest ...

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Country Joe McDonald: 50

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Unlike so many a romanticized recognition of the past in this year that marks half a decade since the so-called 'Summer of Love," Country Joe McDonald's 50 is a celebration of the passage of time. And this is a crucial distinction the former leader of The Fish articulates on this album in all manner of ways.This baker's dozen tracks opens in somewhat startling fashion, a spare acoustic guitar finger-picked above which McDonald's voice, equally drenched in echo, reedily ...


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