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Monte-CarloDenis Matsuev within The Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival

© Eugene Voensky
Gershwin, Ellington, Paganini, Borodin, Piazzolla, Matsuev
Denis Matsuev; Alexander Zinger; Andrey Ivanov; Aidar Gaynullin

New York CityAnat Cohen Tentet

Anat Cohen Tentet
Oded Lev-Ari; Anat Cohen Tentet; Anat Cohen; Rubin Kodheli; Nadje Noordhuis

DüsseldorfChris Barber - Weltklasse Jazz

© Horst Ossinger
Chris Barber; Bob Hunt; Peter Rudeforth; Mike Henry

New York CityAndy Statman Trio

© Larry Eagle
Andy Statman; Jim Whitney; Larry Eagle

New York CityTwo Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration

© Dawoud Bey
Jeff Scott; Joseph Joubert; Jason Moran; Alicia Hall Moran; Lawrence Brownlee; Pastor Smokie Norful

DüsseldorfAlexej Gerassimez - Genesis of Percussion

© Carli Hermés
Alexej Gerassimez; Lukas Böhm; Richard Putz; Sergey Mikhaylenko

HannoverDianne Reeves - Jazz-Diva

© DR
Dianne Reeves; Peter Martin; Romero Lubambo; Reginald Veal
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Oddballs and outcasts in the ballroom

In a former ballroom in the up-and-coming Neukölln district, the orchestra’s chamber ensemble presented an eccentric programme of music by oddballs and outcasts.
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Brandt Bauer Frick and Aufgang

Brandt Bauer Frick © Nico Stinghe & Park Bennett
Part of a festival exploring technological innovations moving “beyond” the piano, Aufgang and Brandt Brauer Frick presented an evening of music in Paris that didn’t reinvent the instrument in quite the expected way.
***11
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Nonclassical at Scala

Nonclassical at Scala
The centrepiece of Nonclassical’s “Pioneers of Percussion” festival was a rousing marathon of a concert at Scala, a large (mostly) rock venue near King’s Cross. It was a rich, varied, high-energy, happily chaotic affair that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.
****1
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How it's done: John Zorn celebrates his 60th birthday at the Barbican

Jon Zorn  ©  Scott Irvine
John Zorn doesn’t look 60. He looks 35, or whatever age it is where you’re still just about young enough to get away with wearing baggy camouflage pants. “And that’s how it’s done!” he yells through his mic at the end of the first half, over huge applause and cheering from this passionate Barbican audience.
*****
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Nate Wooley's Seven Storey Mountain at Issue Project Room

Nate Wooley  ©  Bradley Buehring
Seven Storey Mountain, the title of Trappist monk Thomas Merton’s autobiography, is a reference to the mountain of purgatory in Dante’s Inferno. It is also, fittingly, the title of trumpeter Nate Wooley’s song cycle – meant to represent “a certain abandon found in religious practice within the confines of a composed work for instrumentalists”.
***11
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A tribute to Dizzy Gilespie in Toronto: The Danilo Pérez Trio meets the Cecilia String Quartet

Danilo Pérez
The Danilo Pérez Trio tribute to Dizzy Gillespie was many things, including an invitation to relax. It was also a showcase and world première for Camino de Cruces, Pérez’s contribution to the 500th anniversary celebration of the founding of Panama.
***11
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Bach meets Fats Waller: Nigel Kennedy at Colston Hall, Bristol

Nigel Kennedy  ©  Paul Marc Mitchell
The ever-eccentric Nigel Kennedy entered on stage in trainers, combat trousers, a pirate shirt with a shiny black jacket, and his staple punk hairstyle. Dressed as a rebel, his cheeky-chap persona grabbed the attention of the audience at Colston Hall for a night of Bach and Fats Waller in one.The set was different to that of most normal concerts.
****1
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