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Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton at the Blue Note Jazz Club NYC

Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton at the Blue Note Jazz Club NYC

Updated Feb 18, 2017

131 W. 3rd Street

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The Jazz Foundation of America presents Jon Hendricks' "Miles Ahead"

The Jazz Foundation of America presents Jon Hendricks' "Miles Ahead"

Posted Feb 15, 2017

Jon Hendrick's "Miles Ahead" at The Jazz Foundation of America

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Valentine's Day Weekend Upcoming Events, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Valentine's Day Weekend Upcoming Events, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Posted Feb 8, 2017

This weekend, the most romantic place in town is Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, where events include outstanding jazz vocalists from three distinct generations and styles offering just the right blend of swing and seduction to get you in the musical mood for Valentine’s Day. The headliner in Jazz at Lincoln Center's big Rose Theater is the sumptuously-voiced Dianne Reeves – one of the gold standard of contemporary jazz singers - whose current album, “Beautiful Life,” contains what might be my single favorite song by her, a lavishly-re-imagined and de-reggae’d version of Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain.” (Friday, February 10, and Saturday, February 11) Meanwhile in the more intimate space of Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, the man of the moment is the veteran Freddy Cole, who is the torchbearer for a dynasty of musicians (including his late brother Nat and niece Natalie) that has been serenading lovers for over 75 years. (Thursday, February 9, through Sunday, February 12) On V-Day itself, the exceptional young singer Brianna Thomas takes the stage at Dizzy’s. Like Ms. Reeves and Mr. Cole, her music is rife with rhythm, romance, and constant invention – not to mention a formidable sense of humor. (Tuesday, February 14) The only thing left for JALC to do is install a flowers and candy concession somewhere on the fifth floor of the Time-Warner Center – maybe it’s not a coincidence that they call it “rose” hall.

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Dizzy Gillespie Festival

Dizzy Gillespie Festival

Updated Feb 6, 2017

Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Monty Alexander "Looking Back"

Monty Alexander "Looking Back"

Updated Feb 6, 2017

Jazz Standard

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Roger Miller's "Big River"

Roger Miller's "Big River"

Updated Feb 6, 2017

City Center

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Chris Botti at The Blue Note

Chris Botti at The Blue Note

Updated Feb 6, 2017

By: Will Friedwald

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2017 Winter JazzFest

2017 Winter JazzFest

Updated Feb 6, 2017

Various Venues

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The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival 2017

The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival 2017

Updated Feb 6, 2017

Even if you don’t think Balkan band music is your cup of borscht, this annual extravaganza will have you dancing on tables and shouting “opa!” within minutes of your arrival. This is the world’s ultimate party music, and it’s seductive charms are impossible to resist, especially with no less than 50 bands - and dozens of attendant artisans dancers, singers, craftsmen, chefs on hand. This annual festival, hosted by the New York-based 12-piece brass band Zlatne Uste (which means “Golden Lips”) is the superbowl of Balkan debauchery and good clean fun. There’s so much music - you’ll hear everything from Mozart to Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” so much revelry, so much vodka, so many joyful and attractive people from all over the world, that the major thing you have to worry about is waking up a few days later and finding that you’ve gone and gotten married to a belly dancer named Victoria from Sofia, or maybe Sophia from Victoria.

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