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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ensemble Novo at Paris Bistro, Eliza Hardy Jones at the Art Museum, Indie Pop Prom at the First Unitarian Church

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Ensemble Novo | photo by David Dzubinski | courtesy of the artist

Tom Moon brings his Ensemble Novo to Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill for the second of a three-night Latin jazz run tonight. The local outfit released its balmy Look To the Sky EP last month, following up 2013’s Blue Night debut with six new songs you’ll be able to dance to tonight. More information for the event can be found here; listen to “Vento Bravo” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ensemble Novo at World Cafe Live, Ill Fated Natives at The Fire

Ensemble Novo | Photo by David Dzubinski  | via facebook.com/EnsembleNovo
Ensemble Novo | Photo by David Dzubinski | via facebook.com/EnsembleNovo

Philadelphia Brazilian jazz six-piece Ensemble Novo opens the Twin Danger show upstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. Led by saxophone player and music scribe Tom Moon, the six-piece band recorded its Blue Night LP with Jeff Hiatt at Turtle Studios, and released last year. Listen to the easygoing vibes of “Church Is Where You Are” below, and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Brazilian Jazz inspired group Ensemble Novo performs at Time 10/16

Brazilian-Jazz septet Ensemble Novo will be soothing ears and warming souls at Time in Philadelphia on Wednesday, October 16th. Ensemble Novo is the brainchild of New York Times bestselling author and former Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Tom Moon, who also plays saxophone for the group. Hot on the heels of the band’s Time performance is the fresh focal track “Berimbau,” an upbeat, smooth piece featuring Moon’s signature rich sax lines with intermittent xylophone sections.

Ensemble Novo is known for creating warm, spacious atmospheres, with a perfect-for-chilling sound. The group’s debut album, Blue Night, was produced at Philly’s own Turtle Studios and released back in July. Be sure to check out the samba meets bossa nova meets jazz ensemble at Time next week, and enjoy a night of gorgeous melodies and gentle sounds.

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Mark your calendars for the 215 Festival, October 17th through the 20th

215fest The 215 Festival returns this October 17-20th, and as in previous years promises to offer a festive celebration of the literary arts under the direction of creative director Joey Sweeney of Philebrity. Throughout the four-day event there will be dozens of literary events. Some of the confirmed writers are Neal Pollack, Nicholson Baker, Bruce Smith, Liz Moore, Wesley Stace, Tom Moon, Jason Fagone, and Lord Whimsy. The 215 Festival Benefit & Preview will be held on Friday, September 13th 2013 at the legendary Port Richmond Books, featuring appearances by Tom Moon’s Ensemble Novo, comedian/author Doogie Horner, poet Elizabeth Scanlon and author Sarah Rose Etter. Go here for more information about the event. For more info on The 215 Festival, here and follow them on twitter @215festival. Below, check out the smooth jazz stylings of Ensemble Novo.

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Tonight’s Conert Picks: Ensemble Novo ft. Tom Moon at World Cafe Live, Lionize at Milkboy, Amanda X at Kung Fu Necktie

Author and former Inquirer music critic Tom Moon is bringing his project Ensemble Novo to World Cafe Live tonight. The six-piece band plays Brazilian-inspired music, and released their album Blue Night on July 16th. Check out a performance/music video of the band playing “Blue Night.” Tickets and information can be found here.

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