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Thornetta Davis – May 10, 2018

Thornetta Davis  -  Rubenstein Atrium  -   May 10, 2018 Davis is Detroit’s Queen of the Blues, and there’s no mistaking that – I told her that she must have gone to Aretha-school.  Her band provides a full sound to … Continue reading

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Four-Ever Yours String Quartet – May 5, 2018

Four-Ever Yours String Quartet  -  New York Botanical Garden  -  May 5, 2018 This was a NYC Urban Sketchers event, in conjunction with a few other things going on at the NYBG.  So what do I do?  Go to the … Continue reading

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Downtown Comes Uptown – April 26, 2018

Downtown Comes Uptown  -  Rubenstein Atrium  -  April 26, 2018 Because uptown isn’t sufficiently alt-; there’s a feeder program from Rockwell Music Hall so that the uptown crowd doesn’t have to descend into the hurly-burly (I’m projecting here, having never … Continue reading

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Shamisen and Shakuhachi – April 22, 2018

Shamisen and Shakuhachi  -  Greenwich Library  -  April 22, 2018 I had no clue how to title this post – “Japanese Music” seemed too crass.  So I named it for the musical instruments.  What an intriguing presentation – the fruit … Continue reading

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Arturo O’Farrill Sextet – April 14, 2018

Arturo O’Farrill Sextet  -  Bronx Library Center  -  April 14, 2018 This is a family affair, and a royal jazz family to boot.  Arturo is already the second generation of O’Farrill players, and he’s brought along two sons into the business. … Continue reading

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Busking New York – April 11, 2018

Busking New York  -  Kenny John  -  April 11, 2018 I’m afraid that Kenny might be playing the same song all day.  He was one of those buskers who was trying to give money to me!  Is that the upside … Continue reading

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North County Harp Ensemble – March 18, 2018

North County Harp Ensemble  -  Mahopac Library  -  March 18, 2018 A little preview of heaven here.  Six harps resonating together, totally captivating.  A somewhat Gallic-leaning repertoire in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

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Hawai’i – February 2018

Hawai’i  -  February 2018 Various forces conspired to prevent me capturing any Hawaiian musicians on this trip, though there were a few artisans “performing”.

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Donny McCaslin & Jason Linder – January 7, 2018

Donny McCaslin & Jason Linder  -  Greenwich Library  -  January 7, 2018 http://donnymccaslin.com https://www.facebook.com/JasonLindnerOfficial/ These two mainstays of NYC’s jazz scene have a long collaborative history (including work on David Bowie’s final album), though the duo format has not been … Continue reading

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Sunny Jain’s ExtravaJAMza – December 14, 2017

Sunny Jain’s ExtravaJAMza   –  Rubinstein Atrium   December 14, 2017 http://www.sunnyjain.com/archive/ This was a hodgepodge that worked really well.  Basically, percussionist Jain invited his various musical friends (and that’s quite a diverse assemblage of musical friends!) to come perform with … Continue reading

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