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The Jazz Voyager

Heading back across the pond to 315 Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas to experience some jazz in the Elephant Room located in the basement of the historic Swift Building. This Jazz Voyager is under the impression that it is a destination for both jazz aficionados and jazz neophytes, and desires to add his name to the roster of the former.

Since 1991 this underground jazz room has presented live jazz performances seven days a week and is open daily from 4:00pm until 2:00am, 8:00pm to 2:00am on Saturday and Sunday. It boasts a full bar with more than 20 draft beers & wines by the glass. So after laying out the small cover I shall relinquish all external forces to their devices and kick back to enjoy the sounds of the Ephraim Owens Quintet tomorrow. Cabernet anyone?

Don’t forget to add the zip code 78701 to your map quest or get more information by calling 512-473-2279.

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The Jazz Voyager has recuperated from the music and fun of the Atlanta Jazz Festival and is heading to Zurich and then on to Ulster, Switzerland to visit the Swiss jazz archive that calls itself SwissJazzOrama. Founded 1989 in Rheinfelden as Pro Jazz Switzerland, it has been located in Uster near Zurich since 1998. The society has members from all over Switzerland.

The repository collects and archives all kind of sound carriers, pictures, literature and other testimonies from the Jazz universe. It registers these documents in databases that are continuously updated and provide quick access. The currently houses more than 6000 Shellac records, 18000 LPs, 7000 CDs, 600 Videos, 3000 Magazines, 1300 Books, 2000 photos and 2400 posters.

SwissJazzOrama develops concepts for theme-centered exhibitions, which are publicly shown at the Jazz Gallery in the Uster “Music Container” and at several events such as jazz festivals. People can access the archives and for scientific purposes, SJO specialists may support search, compilation and evaluation of relevant data.

Maintaining a very good relationship with the Swiss Jazz schools, the SwissJazzOrama can provide contact to related institutions in Switzerland and abroad. Membership is open to all persons interested in culture. To further investigate head to Ackerstrasse 45 CH 8610 in Uster or call +41 (0)44 940 19 82. Opening Hours of the Gallery, the Shop, and the Fonoteca Listening station are Tuesday to Friday 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm and closed Monday. Free entry!

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It’s the Gateway to the South where this Jazz Voyager is heading in anticipation of a great jazz weekend at the Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont park. The festival turns 40 this year and there’s no other place to be than in the park celebrating this anniversary. For those veterans who’ve been there, you know No charcoal, only gas grills and no dogs allowed on the festival grounds.

For the initiates, be for-warned as the vets know you have to get in early to get your ideal spot for lawn chairs and blankets, tents, food and grills. There’s going to be thousands of folks gathering once again to celebrate this banner year of the festival. Bring plenty of water to keep hydrated and watch your children. Don’t want any lost boys and girls. Other than that, check out the lineup below, print a copy and see you there. Enjoy yourself!!!

The Lineup
Friday May 26thLegends Stage:
The Pedrito Martinez Group | 7:00pm
Robert Glasper Experiment | 9:00pm

Saturday, May 27th – Legends Stage:
The Allan Harris Band | 1:00pm
Regina Carter: Simply Ella | 3:00pm
Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Quintet | 5:00pm
Reńe Marie and Experiment in Truth | 7:00pm
Charles Lloyd Sky Trio | 9:00pm

Contemporary Stage:
Moonchild | 1:30pm
Nik West | 3:30pm
Nicholas Payton Afro-Caribbean Mixtape | 5:30pm
Macy Gray | 7:30pm

Next Gen Stage:
Little Tybee | 12:30pm
Harriet Tubman: The Band | 2:30pm
Deva Mahal | 4:30pm
Marquis Hill Blacktet | 6:30pm

Late Night Jazz Jam: Park Tavern at Piedmont Park
The Miles Davis Electric Band Tribute All Star Jam with Lil’ John Roberts feat. Russell Gunn and Miles Davis band member Mino Cinelu | 11:00pm

Sunday May 28th – Legends Stage:
Dwight Andrews | 1:00pm
Joe Jennings & Howard Nicholson’s Life Force | 3:00pm
Celebrating Sarah: Kathleen Bertrand & Friends Honor Sarah Vaughan | 5:00pm
The Joe Gransden Big Band with Alexandra Jackson  | 7:00pm
The Ojeda Penn Experience with Jean Carne | 8:00pm
Freddy Cole | 9:00pm

Contemporary Stage:
Frank Houston | 1:30pm
Kemba Cofield | 2:15pm
Darren English | 3:00pm
Cleveland P. Jones | 3:45pm
Julie Dexter and Jacob Deaton Duo featuring Rasheeda Ali | 4:30pm
Mamaniji Azanyah & Mastery | 5:15pm
Russell Gunn & African Drums meets Kebbi Williams’ Wolf Pack | 6:15pm
Mausiki Scales & Common Ground featuring Giwayen Mata | 7:30pm

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The Jazz Voyager is heading to the eastern Mediterranean for some jazz on the island of Cypress. Nestled on the southern coast of the island is the city of Limassol, where my travels end listening to jazz at a wine bar called Vinylio.

Hosting regular jazz nights within its warm, atmospheric interior one can retreat from the chilly evenings. With candlelight flickering across the walls I look forward to enjoying the music of popular local bands such as Mood Indigo or Ioanna Troullidou & George Morfitis.

Vinylio is open 7:00pm until 1:00am and is located in the old town of Limassol at 33 Agkiris St, Limassol. For more information on who’s playing live jazz every Friday and Saturday night, the number is (+357) 96-810119.

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With reservations made at 313-882-5299, this Jazz Voyager is all set to head out to Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan for some dinner and jazz Tuesday night with the Charles Boles Quartet at the The Dirty Dog Jazz Café located at 97 Kercheval Avenue, 48236, just thirteen miles from Detroit.

Seating just 65 diners and jazz enthusiasts each night, one is afforded the opportunity to enjoy legends, icons, and greenhorns of the jazz world.  The café is modeled after an English pub, so there are lots of dark wood leather seats and lots of deep reds.  The cuisine is upscale and eclectic and the music is live in this intimate space. Be warned music is played through dinner from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, so there just may be some chatter, hopefully not too loud.

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