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Let the good times roll

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Incognito

The promoter sounded worried. She was texting us about the Macklemore concert, saying that she hopes tickets would move a little faster. That was a week before the gig.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Headlines,Health and Wellness,Photos & Videos | Read More »

British jazz group not exactly Incognito in Manila

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Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick of British group Incognito knew as early as 1975 when he watched the “Thrilla in Manila” starring Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier that the Philippines would be among the countries thathe would visit and bring his music to.

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Where to buy last few Bruno Mars concert tickets

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GRAMMY-WINNING Bruno Mars performs on March 22 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. BRUNOMARS.COM

A friend was frantic. She desperately wants to watch the Bruno Mars concert on March 22 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, but tickets were priced way too high for her budget.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Best of times

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THURSDAY nights at Martinis Bar in Mandarin Oriental hotel in Makati are alive with the music of The Blue Rats: Mel Torre, Johnny Besa, Clare Lapuz, Gilbert Asuque, Joey Puyat, Tom Epperson and Kedy Sanchez. PHOTO BY POCHOLO CONCEPCION

What makes nightlife in Metro Manila interesting depends on one’s interest and taste, including, of course, the people that one goes out with.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Bob Aves fuses jazz with Southeast Asian heritage

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BOB Aves’ new album, “Out of Tradition,” consists of tunes first heard during the 2nd International Jazz Festival last September at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. JAN BENDL

For Filipino jazz exponent Bob Aves, the Philippines, which has a rich and deep musical tradition, is his classroom while the rest of the world is his market.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Sadly, no more jazz at Manila Hotel

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KO JONES rocks the stage at the Tap Room in Manila Hotel. PHOTO BY POCHOLO CONCEPCION

The news reached us sometime in September via Inquirer food columnist and moonlighting singer Margaux Salcedo, who said that her monthly stint, as well as those of other jazz acts at the Tap Room of Manila Hotel, was no longer being renewed.

Posted: December 15th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

They’re not just kids–they’re jazz musicians

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Jazz is an original American art form born at the turn of the 20th century in the unique melting pot of culture that is New Orleans, Louisiana.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in 2BU | Read More »

Jireh Calo: On making music and all that jazz

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ON JIREH: collared LBD, Miss Selfridge; pink clutch and pumps, Suiteblanco

Back when we were children, some of us had dreams of becoming actors or musicians, even rock stars. Now that we’re older, we’re thinking of pursuing something more practical. But hey, have you ever thought of really pursuing music?

Posted: November 15th, 2013 in 2BU | Read More »

Philippine Youth Symphonic Band carries on the jazz torch

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IRENE Marcos Araneta, chair of Young Musicians Development Organization, with the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band

This year, the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band’s annual concert, “Discovering Jazz with the PYSB,” is set once more to prove that more than its vision of “livelihood through music,” loving what it does enhances the quality of its art.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Fans hope John Coltrane home can become NY museum

John Coltrane. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

In a quiet, tree-lined suburb of New York City sits an unassuming brick ranch house that many musicians consider hallowed ground.

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Missing Louis Armstrong’s sound in Majayjay


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In Majayjay, the music played at funerals was unusual and unforgettable. The sound was a cross between a dirge and a kundiman, with a touch of jazz in between.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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