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The Line-Up for 16 March 2018

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

SXSW has ended and life assumes some sense of normalcy again. Jazz for the Masses was great and I'm excited to start thinking and planning for next year. While I was gone last week, I left this show for y'all.

The Line-Up for 16 March 2018

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The Line-Up for 9 March 2018

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

I dashed across town, schlepped up the hill upon which the Laurie Auditorium sits as Senator Bernie Sanders wrapped up his remarks, forged forward to the Jazz for the Masses VI which is next Wednesday, March 14, without hearing him speak. I had music to upload, some successfully and some not, all in the effort of making this show, promoting a day of performances that's sure to delight at a newly-expanded Lazarus Brewing Co. at 1902 E. 6th St. (Have I laid the pitch on heavily enough?) This hour, minus the super dope new Nels Cline 4 song and the closing Mndsgn track, is a taste of what's to come this week.

The Line-Up for 9 March 2018

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Nextbop Interviews Hailey Niswanger of MAE.SUN

Sébastien Hélary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

There is a new energy awakening among a select few jazz musicians, whether explicit as in Marquis Hill’s latest EP Meditation Tape or implicit as in the album covers to Kamasi Washington’s The Epic and Dr. Lonnie Smith’s All In My Mind. Add to the ranks of this enlightened jazz elite, if we shall be so bold as to coin the term, the young stalwart saxophonist Hailey Niswanger and her latest incarnation MAE.SUN which released its debut Vol. 1: Inter-be last November. Undoubtedly one of our most pleasant revelations in recent memory, Vol. 1: Inter-be is a pure joy to listen to from beginning to end and an enlightening and transformative journey by way of musical discourse. This album is simply a must. Plus you have no excuses while it’s streaming free of charge on Bandcamp We caught up with Niswanger to discuss the project in further details.

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16 the Olympus - s/t EP

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

16 the Olympus is a friendly outfit. There's a sense of epicness grasped for in the arch of their songs, but the effusiveness of the group seems to break through whatever gargantuan notions they may have. This seems to make sense for a group coming from San Antonio, Texas, the city with the tortilla chip on her shoulder. Yet this quintet is one of those local rare birds that can't be overlooked when checking out the landscape. Fortunately, they just released a five song EP shat shows them off well.

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Nels Cline 4 - "Imperfect 10" (Stream)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Guitarist Nels Cline has a new group alongside fellow guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Tom Rainey, and they're set to release their new album, Currents, Constellations, April 13th on Blue Note Records. Lage and Cline have been playing together since 2014's Room, but this time with Scott Colley (who performs alongside Lage in Modern Lore, another fine 2018 release) and Tom Rainey fills out the sound into something particularly explosive. It's definitely worth checking out, so you should stream the video of the group playing "Imperfect 10" live in the studio after the jump.