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Chick Corea (keyboard) joined the SFJAZZ Collective for the closing performance, an arrangement of his piece "Spain."
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May 2, 2013 On opening night at San Francisco's newly constructed building designed for and dedicated to jazz, fans filled the stunning Robert N. Miner Auditorium for a maiden voyage and festive concert.
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Saxophonists Joshua Redman (center) and Joe Lovano (left) lead a performance at the SFJAZZ Center grand opening.
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January 30, 2013 Joshua Redman co-founded the SFJAZZ Collective. With his successor in the tenor sax chair, Joe Lovano, the band runs through "Blackwell's Message," a jaunty, open swinger.
The Sound Prints Quintet is (L-R): Lawrence Fields, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Linda Oh, Joey Baron.
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November 28, 2012 Few jazz bandleaders are as active — and as actively acclaimed — as saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas. They've launched a band with friends new and old. Hear a live performance.
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June 30, 2011 Saxophonist Joe Lovano and his group Us Five get down to business in this session with KPLU. Listen to the band play works from jazz great Charlie Parker.
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On Bird Songs, Joe Lovano looks for new ways into Charlie Parker's material.
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February 23, 2011 In the 1940s, Charlie Parker, nicknamed "Bird," was a prime mover behind the new style of bebop, with its refined harmonies, offbeat rhythms and abstract melodies played at breakneck speed. On Bird Songs, Joe Lovano looks for new ways into Parker's material.
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Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding performs at the Village Vanguard with the Joe Lovano Us Five, just a month before her Best New Artist win.
February 17, 2011 From the best-known jazz club on earth, hear performances by the Greg Osby Five and Joe Lovano's Us Five, featuring recent Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding on bass.
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January 20, 2011 The vibraphonist celebrates 50 years at Berklee College of Music with three generations of friends. Joe Lovano, Steve Swallow and Julian Lage all join Gary Burton onstage for this concert from JazzSet.
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January 12, 2011 How do you play the highly distinctive compositions of Charlie Parker while sounding like yourself? The monster tenor saxophonist gives it a shot with his double-drummer band Us Five.
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January 2, 2011 The celebrated saxophonist and his percussion-heavy band have made a new album of Charlie Parker songs. But it isn't just that Lovano wants to play 1947 music with a 2011 lexicon; he also presents alternate, occasionally radical visions of those works.
September 14, 2009 Blue Note Records is a record label for which the visuals carry almost as much artistic cachet as the music. The label's covers tend to employ generous amounts of white space, splashes of color, prominent shading and themes evoking introspection and celebration. All of that frequently translates to the music inside.
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