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Best of 2011: Dead Cat Bounce, Freihofer’s Festival on our list of year’s best jazz performances

Saxophonist Lee Konitz (photo: Konstantin Kern)
Saxophonist Lee Konitz (photo: Konstantin Kern)
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The Capital Region 2011 jazz scene saw arrivals, departures and the continuation of some vital traditions. Among the arrivals was drummer Mike Benedict’s band Bopitude, which held a CD release party at The Linda, WAMC’s performong arts studio and led off the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival. The band is at work on a new recording, featuring baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan. The departure of pianist, composer and arranger Yuko Kishimoto, who returned to her native Japan ...

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