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What’s going on Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)?

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Say Anything & Tim Kasher, Winter Jazzfest, Butterboy Comedy, Lydia Lunch & Weasel Walter, and more Monday show options.

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What’s going on Thursday?

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Jose James celebrating Bill Withers, The Nude Party & Insecure Men, Pop 1280, Purling Hiss/Mike Donovan, Habibi, and more Thursday show options.

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The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2017

Source: New York Music Daily

The single most riveting jazz album, and arguably the most important album of the year in any style of music was Fukushima, by the Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York. A narrative of personal terror rather than a depiction of the horrific events of March 11, 2011, its tension is relentless. Fujii, who conducts the orchestra, alternates several harrowing themes within ominous cloudbanks of improvisation, poignantly lyrical solos and segments which shift from stately and elegaic to withering, chattering satire. That’s the bandleader’s response to the greed-fueled attempts to cover up the disaster. As Fukushima reactor number three continues to leak ...

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Five Overlooked Albums of 2017

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

It’s days before Christmas, and that means we won’t be getting much in the way of new albums until the new year. In lieu of that, Notable Releases of the Week is going into hibernation until January and I’m replacing it this week with Five Overlooked Albums of the Year.

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NPR’s Top 50 Albums of 2017

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As always, NPR’s list mixes the pop/rock/rap/electronic/etc choices that most lists have with jazz, contemporary classical, and other stuff you may not have heard of.

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What’s going on Saturday?

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Tonight’s NYC-area shows include Converge, A Tribute to Brainiac, Cyndi Lauper’s holiday show, Chris Rock, Chris Thile, Ted Leo, Boss Hog, Beck, Hatebreed, Vagabon, Pile, Bouncing Souls, and more.

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Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2017

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

#3 is the U2 album that isn’t even out yet. Can you guess #1 and #2?

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Aziz Ansari, Salman Rushdie, Swet Shop Boys & more sign plea to save the Rohingya from genocide

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Kumail Nanjiani, Mindy Kaling, Madhur Jaffrey, Hasan Minhaj, Aparna Nancherla, Vijay Iyer, Anil Dash, and Hari Kondabolu are also among the many signatories.

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Vijay Iyer Brings His Dark, Breathtaking, Richly Tuneful Power to Downtown Brooklyn Friday Night

Source: New York Music Daily

Vijay Iyer’s work with small groups over the past year or so has been transcendent. This era’s cognoscenti’s pick as the world’s best jazz pianist put out one of the most rapturously soulful, understatedly intense albums of 2016, A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke, with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. Iyer’s riveting, haunting trio score to a Teju Cole video program with  bassist Linda May Han Oh and vibraphonist Patricia Brennan at National Sawdust this past summer is just one more example of the kind of intimate lyricism he’s been fixated on lately. His latest album. Far From Over, ...

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2017 BRIC Jazzfest: lineup and tickets

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

The third-annual BRIC Jazzfest takes place October 14 – 21 at BRIC House in Brooklyn, including concerts, film screenings, panel discussions, dance and more. Performers include Maceo Parker, The Sun Ra Arkesta Directed by Marshall Allen, Regina Carter, Vijay Iyer, The Terri Lyne Carrington Band, and GoGo Penguin.

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Piano Titan Vijay Iyer Scores a Harrowing Multimedia Performance

Source: New York Music Daily

Last night at National Sawdust, pianist Vijay Iyer joined with bassist Linda May Han Oh and vibraphonist Patricia Brennan to create a somber, stunned, broodingly opaque and occasionally picturesque backdrop for Teju Cole‘s  allusively harrowing spoken word narrative, Blind Spot. Informed by history, portraiture, archaeology and Greek myth, Cole’s vignettes traced decades of humans being inhuman to each other, and how conveniently we forget.

Cole didn’t waste any time making his point. One of the first of the photo projections in his series of vignettes was a snapshot of a simple piece of poster graffiti in a Berlin neighborhood ...

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Newport Jazz Festival: 2017 Lineup & Tix

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Founded in 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival was the first jazz festival in America, and has been host to some historic happenings. This year’s fest includes Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, The Roots, Snarky Puppy, Maceo Parker, Branford Marsalis, Andra Day & more.

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Herbie Hancock announces 2017 tour

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

The tour concludes at Monterey Jazz Festival, where Herbie will perform a duo set with frequent collaborator (and equally legendary musician) Chick Corea.

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Rapt Atmospherics from Arooj Aftab and a Tantalizing Vijay Iyer Cameo at Merkin Hall

Source: New York Music Daily

What’s karmic payback for walking out of a Vijay Iyer show? Losing a recording of the most awestruck, rivetingly beautiful concert of the year, for starters – that, and missing out on most of a performance of this era’s most distinctive and arguably most influential pianist. Vijay, if you’re reading this, don’t take it personally. This blog’s proprietor once walked out on Pauline Oliveros too.

Not that she wasn’t great. It’s just that sometimes the demands of running a blog don’t always coincide with having a life. Saturday night at Merkin Concert Hall, it was at least good to get ...

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Thums Up (Heems, Vijay Iyer, Rafiq Bhatia & Kassa Overall) and Arooj Aftab @ Ecstatic Music Fest (pics)

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The Ecstatic Music Festival continued on Saturday (3/4). The festival, which presents unique collaborations between indie/alt artists and modern classical artists…

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Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2016

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Both Knowles sisters are in the top 3. Can you guess which one is #1?

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Ecstatic Music Festival: 2017 lineup & tickets (Sleigh Bells, Kronos Quartet, San Fermin & more)

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The 2017 Ecstatic Music Festival runs Jan 9 through May 13 at The Kaufman Center in NYC.

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What’s going on Thursday?

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Tonight’s NYC shows include Blonde Redhead, Rae Sremmurd/Denzel Curry/Kamaiyah, Joan Shelley, Thrice/La Dispute, D.R.I., Heliotropes, Mac DeMarco/Naughty by Nature/Torres, Rufus Wainwright, and more.

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Five Notable Hours of the Week (aka the new Grateful Dead tribute album)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

This is a slower release week, and there’s one highly-anticipated release that’s five and a half hours long. In lieu of that, today “Five Notable Releases” becomes “Five Notable Hours.”

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Five Notable Hours of the Week (aka the new Grateful Dead tribute album)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

This is a slower release week, and there’s one highly-anticipated release that’s five and a half hours long. In lieu of that, today “Five Notable Releases” becomes “Five Notable Hours.”

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Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith Haunt the Met Breuer with a Spare, Judicious Duo Show

Source: New York Music Daily

Last night at the Met Breuer (formerly known as the Whitney), Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith played ECM noir. For those who don’t follow jazz improvisation, ECM is the venerable German label devoted to the spare, classically-influenced kind, and these two have a new album, A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke, out from them. It doesn’t swing: it marinates. And what a marinade the state-of-the-art pianist and iconic trumpeter came up with in front of a sold-out crowd that rewarded them with a couple of standing ovations.

That marinade had acerbity and spice, and if you buy the metaphor, ...

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Dan Trueman’s Crazy, Versatile New Keyboard Software Gets a Workout at le Poisson Rouge

Source: New York Music Daily

Let’s say you’re a keyboardist and sick of the same old notes: as Wadada Leo Smith would say, maybe you feel hemmed in by the “tyranny of the key of C.” Maybe you want to voice the kind of in-between notes that a fretless instrument can deliver…or you want to go inside the piano a la George Crumb…or you’ve got a fondness for microtones or weird tunings in general. But as much as you’d like to bring in a real piano that you can play around with and/or torture a little, there’s no way it’s going to fit through your ...

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Hybrid Theory: Vijay Iyer Trio blends traditional Indian sounds with jazz this Saturday at Swarthmore

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Vijay Iyer | via Facebook.com/vijayiyermusicBreak Stuff, the title of the latest album by the Vijay Iyer Trio, carries an anarchic connotation that might seem at odds with the taut, deeply collaborative music contained within. But taken in a more focused sense, those two words do capture the … Continued

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