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Album Review: Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio - Across the Imaginary Divide

It’s rare to hear banjo in a straight-ahead jazz setting these days, which makes the new collaboration between banjoist Béla Fleck and jazz masters the Marcus Roberts Trio all the more interesting.  What started as an impromptu jam session at the Savannah Music Festival in 2009 has turned into an hour long album entitled Across The Imaginary Divide, released June 10 on Rounder Records. 

Three Masters of Traditional Irish Music coming to Charlottesville

Three of the world’s most accomplished players of Irish traditional music - Martin Hayes (fiddle), John Doyle (guitar) and Kevin Crawford (flute/whistle) - will bring the “pure drop” to C'ville Coffee (1301 Harris St. Charlottesville, VA) on Tuesday, May 29th, 7:00 p.m.  The trio performs under the name the Teetotallers.

A Marvelous Clouds text from Aaron Freeman (AKA Gene Ween)

I received a text message from Gene Ween.  It said “Muddle up your mind”, which is a lyric from the song “A Man Alone” on his solo debut Marvelous Clouds, recently released on Partisan Records under his given name of Aaron Freeman.  The text was a response to a message I had sent him a few days earlier with the word “Marvelous” – my one word review of the album.  I’d like to think I’m special but it’s probably the same reply he sends to everyone.  You see, Gene, I mean Aaron, has posted his cell number online (609-542-0751

The Doctors of Jazz at O’Bank’s Sunday May 6

I was having breakfast the other day at O’Bank’s Cafe and Grill when the friendly waiter/bartender asked, “Do you like jazz?”  That sounded like a trick question*, so I hesitated by saying “Umm…,” when he followed up with, “Let me rephrase that.  Do you like New Orleans jazz?”  I answered with a resounding “Yes!”  The reason he asked is because traditional New Orleans jazz band The Doctors of Jazz will be performing a jazz brunch at O’Bank’s this Sunday, May 6 fr

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