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The 2018 TD James Moody Jazz Festival

The seventh annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival took place from November 4 to 18, 2018. In seven years, this Festival has become a highly anticipated event every fall,...
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RIP Phil Mattson

“Phil Mattson is the greatest vocal jazz arranger on the #8221; –Richie Cole “Phil Mattson has been passionate about quality vocal jazz since his earliest experiences with the genre....
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On Stage at Kingsborough – Billie and Blue Eyes!

On Friday, October 12, 2018, Brooklyn’s Kingsborough Community College presented another stellar event from the On Stage at Kingsborough series. Billie and Blue Eyes! was a tribute to the...
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The 2018 JazzFest White Plains

Now that the end of the year is almost here, this is a look back at one of the best up-and-coming jazz festivals in the Northeast. The seventh annual...
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The 2018 Newport Jazz Festival

Although summer is becoming a memory, some of the best memories of the season came from the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival, Presented by Natixis Investment Managers. Established in 1954...
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Jazz Police Calendar: Winter 2019

The Lead Sheet has retired.  For now, we are providing a Jazz Police Calendar. This is not intended to be an exhaustive listing, but will provide a heads-up regarding...
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Emmet Cohen Interview: Jazz Across Generations

By Larry Englund Pianist/composer Emmet Cohen is only 28, yet he’s become an important figure in music and related arts as both a performer, and as someone committed to the...
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Jazz Police Calendar – Summer 2018

The Lead Sheet has retired. As an interim service,  we’re continuing to post a “Jazz Police Calendar” during the summer. This is not intended to be an exhaustive listing,...
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Album Review: Fire Bell, INCENDIOS

Sometimes swinging, and sometimes twisting in a multi-meter tangle, Fire Bell’s new album INCENDIOS is all personality.
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Larry Englund: Twin Cities’ “Jazz Hero”

© Janis Lane Ewart Each year, the Jazz Journalists Association seeks nominations from states and local jazz communities for Jazz Heroes. The 2018 Twin Cities “Jazz Hero” is Larry...
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Greg Ward Quintet at the Icehouse, Monday April 3

© Jon Morgan Since his last appearance in the Twin Cities as part of drummer Mike Reed’s People Places and Things quintet, saxophonist Greg Ward has been restlessly engrossed...
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A “Colossus” Quartet at Reverie, March 30

© Andrea Canter A week after the Peter Schimke Trio prompted standing ovations, Steve Kenny’s Thursday Night Jazz at Reverie brings together another ensemble with firepower to spare. Dubbed...
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