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Music, Hear This Myra Melford: Show Preview

Myra Melford: Show Preview

There's epic adventure in the works in Oakland this weekend with two consecutive nights of world-class jazz improvisation. First up: drummer Han Bennink, Dutch pioneer of the "free music" movement of the 1960s, and celebrated pianist Myra Melford, a 2013…
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Music, Silent Cult Flicks Gain Volume with Live Orchestras: the Valerie Project and the Willem Breuker Kollektief

Silent Cult Flicks Gain Volume with Live Orchestras: the Valerie Project and the Willem Breuker Kollektief

Even before the 1927 premiere of the first "talkie," The Jazz Singer, sound was integral to the flicker of celluloid. Pianists would accompany serials at matinees, and pit orchestras would provide ambience and emotional heft to otherwise "silent" films. F.W.…
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Less self-consciously goofy than Willem Breuker's off-kilter Kollektief, Instant Composers Pool Orchestra is arguably Europe's leading big band contributor to forward-jazz adventurism. Led by Dutch pianist Misha Mengelberg and drummer Han Bennink -- the spirited duo who anchored the legendary…
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Old-school avant-garde jazz fans often associate pianist Misha Mengelberg and drummer Han Bennink with the duo's enviable big break: supporting Eric Dolphy on his final tour of Europe just weeks before the legendary artist's untimely passing in the summer of…
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Clusone Trio For nearly two decades the Amsterdam-based Clusone Trio have been setting jazz neophytes at ease by rattling their sense of propriety. Newcomers are often intimidated by live jazz performances; they can't catch all of the inside jokes, the…
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