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Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra – November 4, 2016

Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra  -  Neidorff-Karpati Hall    November 4, 2016 Once again Bobby Sanabria has whipped his student charges into shape (including getting them all dressed up) for an evening of new pieces or new arrangements … Continue reading

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Tabou Combo – September 1, 2016

Tabou Combo  -  Rubenstein Atrium  -  September 1, 2016 The Haitian roots of this group go way back; it has now been headquartered in NYC for decades, but beneath my radar.  For the event, space that is customarily given over … Continue reading

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Duwamish River Festival – August 20, 2016

Duwamish River Festival  - Duwamish Waterway Park, Seattle  -  August 20, 2016 A community festival that includes performances of various cultural groups?  No brainer for me, I’m there.  Especially if there’s an environmental injustice angle, as there is here; Seattle’s … Continue reading

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Abdullah Ibrahim – October 20, 2014

Abdullah Ibrahim  -  Schomburg Center  -  October 20, 2014 I just love these old jazz masters whose command of technique is so thoroughly transparent that impediment-free channeling from their consciousness to mine is achieved; Ibrahim certainly fills the bill.  He … Continue reading

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Jon Batiste / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – June 29, 2014

Jon Batiste / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble  -  Central Park Summerstage  –   June 29, 2014 While I’m not always crazy about how the Summerstage logistics affect both my personal comfort and access to sketching, for this one I just plastered … Continue reading

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Greenwich High School Jazz Festival – March 22, 2014

Greenwich High School Jazz Festival – March 22, 2014 I was dragooned into serving as MC for the GHS Jazz Festival.  A total of 14 high school jazz ensembles performed in an all-day affair.  So I brought along the sketchbook … Continue reading

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Ensemble Signal – September 10, 2013

Ensemble Signal  -  Miller Theatre  –   September 10, 2013 This was a part of the Miller Theatre’s “Pop Up” concert series.   With a modest turnout  expected,  the seats were actually on the stage at the same level as the … Continue reading

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Jimmy Heath Big Band – August 23, 2013

Jimmy Heath Big Band  – Marcus Garvey Park  -  August 23, 2013 As part of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Heath led his big band in a premiere of his extended composition, “Bird is the Word”.  And then continued with … Continue reading

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Wycliffe Gordon – February 4, 2013

Wycliffe Gordon  -  Paul Hall  -  February 4, 2013 Juilliard School’s jazz program has really hit the jackpot this year regarding its guest artists, mentors, artists-in-residence, whatever they call them.  Gordon is the latest; here he collaborates with two distinct … Continue reading

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Andrew Cyrille – January 17, 2013

Andrew Cyrille  – David Rubenstein Atrium  – January 17,  2013 The complete name of this group is “Andrew Cyrille’s 21st Century Big Band Unlimited”, which doesn’t fit on a single line here,  so we have the triumph of form over … Continue reading

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