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V.21 No.36 | 9/6/2012
Courtesy of OFFCenter Community Arts

Culture Shock

Folk Yeah

By Clifford Grindstaff
The giant puppet samba parade will make its way through Downtown on Sunday.
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V.20 No.25 | 6/23/2011
Who knows what he’ll play?
Photo by Rico

Jazzed

Tom McDermott

Big Easy pianist/composer off-kilter and on target

By Mel Minter

You never know where pianist Tom McDermott will go haring off to next. That’s because he often hasn’t a clue, either. A daring and inventive improviser, he’s more than willing to go striding (or ragging or rumba-ing or tango-ing) through doors that lead who-knows-where. In the middle of a Scott Joplin piece, he might find an opening that leads straight to James Booker and start mixing the rag’s more straitlaced syncopation with the saucy funk of New Orleans R & B.

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V.20 No.14 | 4/7/2011
Kurt Elling

Jazzed

Kurt Elling

Jazz singer wheels through the gate

By Mel Minter

In the personnel list on his latest album, The Gate (Concord Music), his credit reads: “Kurt EllingVoice.” It’s an appropriate choice because Elling plays his voice the way an instrumentalist plays his ax.

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V.20 No.10 | 3/10/2011
Starfucker

Music to Your Ears

By Summer Olsson

Have Bands, Don’t Travel

You could make the 13-hour drive to Austin for SXSW, struggle through pressing crowds, spend tons of money and only dream of reaching the bar in any given venue. Or you could drive a measly 45 minutes to Santa Fe and see many of the same bands as they make their pilgrimage to Texas.

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