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Avishai Cohen performs with his trio, Triveni, on the Harbor Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
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August 7, 2011 Hear the fervently imaginative trumpeter perform at Newport with his trio and special guests.
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The expanded edition of the Claudia Quintet, left to right: Matt Moran, Gary Versace, Ted Reichman, Chris Speed, Drew Gress, John Hollenbeck.
May 9, 2010 There are no people named Claudia in the Claudia Quintet, but there is a fantastic drummer and composer named John Hollenbeck. His tunes crib from anywhere between minimalism and math-rock, while the band transforms it all into a sort of throbbing, cinematic and wacky jazz.
Ravi Coltrane and his band.
November 19, 2008 He's descended from jazz royalty, and he wears it with pride. But the saxophonist has engineered his own modern, personal approach to improvisation. Hear Ravi Coltrane's working quartet perform live.
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July 1, 2008 A progressive musical polymath famed for his abundant improvisational skills and mutated reinventions of classical repertoire, the pianist and composer kick-starts his acoustic jazz trio.
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February 18, 2008 Fresh Air's jazz critic reviews The Irrational Numbers, the new album from improvisation-oriented bassist Drew Gress. In truth, he says, the numbers the band plays are less "irrational" than pleasantly unpredictable.
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