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October 31, 2014 at 7:30 AM

At 88, Tony Bennett is still loving life, and you can hear it | Concert preview

It’s probably not a surprise to most fans that Tony Bennett, who appears at the Paramount Theatre Thursday, Nov. 6, comes off far better than Lady Gaga, his musical sweetheart of late, on their punchy but problematic new album, “Cheek to Cheek.”

But it’s certainly telling. Relaxed and in total control of his material, at 88 Bennett is still a master of his craft.

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October 30, 2014 at 12:04 PM

No masks, no monkey business, just great music: Flaco Jimenez, Los Texmaniacs | Concert preview

Never mind Halloween. Friday, Oct. 31, Town Hall’s Global Rhythms series hosts an act that requires no masks or monkey business, when the great Tex-Mex accordion master Flaco Jimenez joins San Antonio conjunto Los Texmaniacs in a concert of traditional as well as rocked up Tejano fare that should be an unqualified treat.

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Comments | More in World | Topics: Concert Preview, Flaco Jimenez, Global Rhythms

October 24, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson swings into town | Concert preview

Vocalist Karrin Allyson loves visiting Seattle’s Jazz Alley every year — and we love seeing her — but even she would admit that the Emerald City doesn’t quite compare to where she’s been recently — a jazz cruise on the Mediterranean, with stops in Monte Carlo, Marseilles and Rome. Allyson was keeping pretty great company at sea, too, with a front line that included reed player Anat Cohen, trumpeter Randy Brecker and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon.

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October 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Bill Frisell’s shimmering reverb and nostalgic optimism | New Recordings

Bill Frisell, ‘Guitar in the Space Age’ (Okeh)

Seattle guitarist Bill Frisell grew up playing in a rock band, so like every musician of his generation, he was drenched in surf music, early R & B and all manner of dance and novelty tunes. So it was a great idea to revisit tunes like Duane Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser” and the Beach Boys’ “Surfer Girl.”

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Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Bill Frisell, New Recordings

October 6, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Acclaimed jazz journeymen Lovano and Douglas grace Earshot jazz fest

Only a handful of journeymen jazz players consistently win magazine polls of both critics and readers. Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas are longtime members of that club.

Both are coming to the Earshot Jazz Festival in the rarely-seen collaborative group Sound Prints, on Saturday, Oct. 18. It should the highlight of the four-week annual spree.

Lovano and Douglas have carved out a territory that could arguably be called a new mainstream — between roots revivalism and head-exploding experimentalism. No matter how far out they go — into dissonance, free-improvisation, tangential forms or extended instrumental techniques — their music is still blues-drenched, swinging jazz.

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October 6, 2014 at 4:07 PM

17 highlights of the four weeks of Earshot jazz fest

Sound Prints, the collaboration between saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas, is only one of many highlights on this year’s Earshot Jazz Festival, a marathon that runs more than four weeks. Though it’s difficult to keep up a festive spirit that long, so it’s better to think of it as a concert series with peaks and valleys. The players are not exactly household names, but they are right in the wheelhouse of today’s jazz scene. Here are some highlights.

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