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26
Jan

David Weiss Sextet

David Weiss – trumpet
Tim Green – alto sax
Sam Dillon – tenor sax
Eric Wheeler – bass
E.J. Strickland – drums

Moving jazz forward has been David Weiss’s modus operandi ever since he appeared on the scene in the late eighties when he established himself in New York by touring and/or recording with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Charles Tolliver, Billy Harper, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, James Moody, Tom Harrell, Louis Hayes, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Billy Hart, among many others. Weiss was born and raised in Queens, New York and began taking piano lessons when he was ten years old. He added trumpet to his arsenal when he was 13. The music in his neighborhood was rock-n-roll and the favorites were the likes of Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath, which he embraced. His tastes soon evolved to more progressive rock like King Crimson and Gentle Giant and then to further out European rock groups like Magma, Area and Henry Cow. In high school, he began playing keyboards (and also a little trumpet through effects) in some local rock bands and right before leaving for college began to play in a band that eventually morphed into the group Material featuring future producers Bill Laswell and Michael Beinhorn. While in art school, Weiss became more exposed to free jazz and began to focus primarily on trumpet again. He also got the opportunity to perform with Fred Frith, Chris Cutler and Henry Kaiser. Weiss then left art school to attend Karl Berger’s Creative Music Studio studying with George Lewis, Jimmy Giuffre, Leo Smith, Pauline Oliveros, Gerry Hemmingway and John Zorn among many others. At the suggestion of Mr. Giuffre, Weiss sought out a more fully rounded music education and transferred to North Texas State University. Upon graduating, Weiss returned to New York and soon found work with Jaki Byard, Frank Foster and Jimmy Heath and began to study with fellow trumpeters Tommy Turrentine and Bill Hardman.. He also became a mainstay in New York’s thriving Salsa scene, playing with many of the legends of the music. He also played in many of the top Haitian and Soca bands in New York and toured extensively throughout the Carribean with these groups. Weiss also did a short stint with Ray Charles and assisted in scoring the music for the TV show “The Cosby Mysteries” starring Bill Cosby.

In 2000, Weiss formed the David Weiss Sextet to explore new compositional concepts and styles he was developing that did not fit the sound of his previous work for octet. The Sextet also introduced to the jazz world two extraordinary new young talents, twin brothers Marcus and E.J. Strickland who were still in college when the group was formed. The group released their first album (and Weiss’ first as a leader) Breathing Room (Fresh Sound Records) in 2002. The CD also featured Craig Handy, Xavier Davis, and Dwayne Burno. The CD received great critical acclaim from JazzWise (4 stars, recommended, their highest rating), Down Beat (4 stars) and 52nd Street (4 1/2 stars) among many others. He followed his debut with The Mirror (Fresh Sound Records) which was hailed as a masterpiece by AllAboutJazz and was voted the # 2 CD of the year (2004) by JazzWise Magazine. The group recently reconvened to record their third CD and their first in ten years entitled When Words Fail which was released on Motema Music in 2014.

27
Jan

Ronnie Burrage Trio

Ronnie Burrage is considered one of the best jazz musicians on the world scene today. He is featured on more than 100 recordings; and has toured on all four continents from Siberia to South Africa to Japan. Ronnie’s latest productions, “Heal”, “Spirit Guides / Truth and Love Music” & “Blue Noise”, may be some of his greatest works. Ronnie’s musical biography is dynamic and vibrant. He has played with Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius. He has also worked with the great names in the music, Frank Morgan, Wallace Roney, Jackie & Rene McLean, James Moody, Gary Bartz, Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Joe Zawinul, Cedar Walton, Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner, Pepper Adams, Michael Brecker. It is a catalog of jazz greats! In addition, Ronnie Burrage is an influential teacher, both privately and in significant institutions. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at The Pennsylvania State University and currently at State University of New York – Old Westbury, where he leads one of the most dynamic programs that incorporates History of Jazz and Music of World Cultures.

“Prof Burrage is known not only for his virtuoso ability with all forms of percussion, but as an innovative composer and program designer who can put together dramatic musical programs which are deeply educational and altogether entertaining. Ronnie has been saying something musically, at a very high level.” Amiri Baraka, Author

02
Feb

The Curtis Brothers (friday)

The Curtis Brothers (Zaccai Curtis and Luques Curtis) record Live at the Side Door, featuring the greats; Donald Harrison (sax), Brian Lynch (trumpet) and Ralph Peterson (drums).

This special event is part of the world premier for Zaccai Curtis’ composition “Algorithm Suite,” commissioned by Chamber Music America: New Jazz Works.

Come witness and be a part of this special recording of the 2nd chapter to The Curtis Brothers band!

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Brothers Luques (bass) and Zaccai (piano) Curtis follow in the rich family tradition of jazz. The music has often been the beneficiary of sibling bonds. Look no further than the Adderley brothers (Cannonball & Nat), the Heath Brothers (Percy, Jimmy, and Albert (Tootie), the Brecker Brothers, or more recently the Roney brothers (Wallace & Antoine). Jazz music has frequently been the family tie that binds. And as with the Curtis Brothers those are also siblings that recorded and performed together.

The brothers have recorded with a notable discography of cohorts, including Gary Burton, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Donald Harrison, Sean Jones, Brian Lynch & Eddie Palmieri, and John Santos among others. In 2010 they debuted their brother act, ‘Blood – Spirit – Land – Water – Freedom’ and followed it with the hard-bop 2012 record, ‘Completion of Proof’ which in combination is a great exposition of the brothers versatility.

The Curtis Brothers artistic journey began in Hartford, Connecticut. There NEA Jazz Master Jackie McLean and wife Dollie’s exceptional urban cultural development center the Artists Collective nurtured the brothers’ early musical impulses, “then David Santoro at the Hartford Academy of the Arts,” says Zaccai. Eventually, both brothers continued their studies in Boston, Zaccai at the New England Conservatory, and Luques at Berklee College of Music.

For the Curtis Brothers, music is an affirmation of the basic root sources of jazz. Their music is rife with the blues, swing rhythms in recognition of the Africa-Caribbean-New Orleans lineage, and the basic core elements that make the music such a spicy, hard bop melting pot.

03
Feb

The Curtis Brothers (saturday)

The Curtis Brothers (Zaccai Curtis and Luques Curtis) record Live at the Side Door, featuring the greats; Donald Harrison (sax), Brian Lynch (trumpet) and Ralph Peterson (drums).

This special event is part of the world premier for Zaccai Curtis’ composition “Algorithm Suite,” commissioned by Chamber Music America: New Jazz Works.

Come witness and be a part of this special recording of the 2nd chapter to The Curtis Brothers band!

____________________

Brothers Luques (bass) and Zaccai (piano) Curtis follow in the rich family tradition of jazz. The music has often been the beneficiary of sibling bonds. Look no further than the Adderley brothers (Cannonball & Nat), the Heath Brothers (Percy, Jimmy, and Albert (Tootie), the Brecker Brothers, or more recently the Roney brothers (Wallace & Antoine). Jazz music has frequently been the family tie that binds. And as with the Curtis Brothers those are also siblings that recorded and performed together.

The brothers have recorded with a notable discography of cohorts, including Gary Burton, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Donald Harrison, Sean Jones, Brian Lynch & Eddie Palmieri, and John Santos among others. In 2010 they debuted their brother act, ‘Blood – Spirit – Land – Water – Freedom’ and followed it with the hard-bop 2012 record, ‘Completion of Proof’ which in combination is a great exposition of the brothers versatility.

The Curtis Brothers artistic journey began in Hartford, Connecticut. There NEA Jazz Master Jackie McLean and wife Dollie’s exceptional urban cultural development center the Artists Collective nurtured the brothers’ early musical impulses, “then David Santoro at the Hartford Academy of the Arts,” says Zaccai. Eventually, both brothers continued their studies in Boston, Zaccai at the New England Conservatory, and Luques at Berklee College of Music.

For the Curtis Brothers, music is an affirmation of the basic root sources of jazz. Their music is rife with the blues, swing rhythms in recognition of the Africa-Caribbean-New Orleans lineage, and the basic core elements that make the music such a spicy, hard bop melting pot.

09
Feb

Joyce DiCamillo Trio

Joyce DiCamillo, pianist, has led her own jazz trio for over thirty years. Joyce has performed with such jazz greats as James Moody, Phil Woods, Houston Person, Nick Brignola, Marvin Stamm, Urbie Green, Arnie Lawrence, Steve Marcus, Gerry Neiwood, Bob Mintzer, Butch Miles, Andy Fusco, Martin Drew, and Marlene verPlanck. Her trio has released five trio CDs receiving national airplay, A Touch of Jazz, Freelancin’ (featuring and produced by tenor saxophonist Houston Person), Moment to Moment, Love Letters, and Sunrise Lady.

Joyce performs on the Steinway piano and is included on the prestigious International Roster of Steinway Artists. She has twice performed at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, hosted by the late Dr. Billy Taylor. Her trio has headlined at such venues as Southport (UK) Jazz Festival, Guinness Jazz Festival (Cork, Ireland), Andria (Italy) Jazz Festival, Syracuse Jazzfest, The Jazz Cruise, and Litchfield Jazz Festival. She was featured in a performance/interview on National Public Radio’s Piano Jazz hosted by Marian McPartland. She has toured as pianist for internationally known pop vocalist Donna Summer, appearing with her in Mexico, Chile and throughout the United States. She is one of the artists interviewed on the A-F-of-M video, “How to Get the Gigs that Pay the Big Bucks”, and has appeared as a panelist at the Kennedy Center discussing the music business.

A long-time classical piano instructor and jazz coach, Joyce is a cofounder/instructor of Summer Jazz Workshop, entering its 26th season as the longest running summer jazz program in the NY/NJ/CT area. She is founder and director of JAZZ ALIVE!, which focuses on small ensemble excellence. In 2014 Joyce launched a non-profit organization for Stamford CT’s inner city youth, PROJECT MUSIC, for which she is Board Chair. The public-private partnership effects social change via immersive music education, offering access, opportunity and inspiration to underserved youth four afternoons a week after school.

10
Feb

Tom Guarna Quartet

Tom Guarna – guitar
Victor Gould – piano
Doug Weiss – bass
Kendrick Scott – drums

Guarna, born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, grew up playing rock’n’roll and idolizing Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page before digging jazz and getting into Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel, and Jim Hall for the roots of the music and then the likes of Allan Holdsworth and John Scofield for their modern phrasing and expressive vocabulary.

Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and arranger, Tom Guarna began his musical career at age 15 demonstrating rapidly an amazing ability to play and compose. After studying classical guitar and composition at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in 1986, he played local gigs in New York and fine-tuned his education with John Abercrombie.

After working with several jazz bands, he joined Blood Sweat and Tears in 1995 and toured extensively with them for the next 3 years. Since then, he has forged his own voice as a modern jazz guitarist, performing with a wide range of artists including Chick Corea, Wallace Roney, Stanley Clarke, Brian Blade, Mark Turner, Branford Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Mulgrew Miller, Fred Wesley, Mike Clark, Uri Caine, E.J. Strickland and Gary Bartz.

Since 2012, Tom Guarna led his own group throughout Europe and North America, and has been touring as a top sideman in several exciting groups led by Lenny White, E.J. Strickland, Les McCann and Manuel Valera.

Tom Guarna has recorded seven CDs as composer and leader: Get Together (2005), Out from the Underground (2007), Wingspan (2008), Major Minor (2009), Bittersweet (2011), and the hard-grooving Rush (2014) that garnered wide acclaim. He was also part of the Grammy Award-nominated 2012 album New Cuban Express by pianist Manuel Valera. On his new CD “ The Wishing Stones” that will be released on November 10 of 2017, Tom leads an all-star quartet with drummer Brian Blade, bassist John Patitucci and pianist Jon Cowherd.

Guarna incorporates many styles (jazz, funk, latin, soul, pop, R&B, world music) into his own blend of unique and engaging music, as he forges ahead within his forte: modern jazz with a touch of classical influence with a relentless drive.

16
Feb

Nat Reeves Quintet featuring Atla DeChamplain

Nat Reeves – bass
Atla DeChamplain – vocals
Matt DeChamplain – piano
Kirk Woodard – drums
Tony Davis – guitar

During the past 30 years, Nat Reeves has been one of the top bassists in jazz. His supportive and stimulating playing has uplifted a countless number of sessions and recording dates (most notably with the great altoists Jackie McLean and Kenny Garrett) and he has led his own CD State of Emergency. Both as a performer and an educator, he has made a strong impact on the jazz world.

Early in his career, Nat Reeves not only performed with Jackie McLean but such greats as tenor-saxophonist Benny Golson, trumpeter Donald Byrd, drummer Art Taylor and pianists Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Kirkland, Walter Davis, Walter Bishop, Larry Willis and Kenny Drew. He became a longtime member of altoist Kenny Garrett’s group in 1994 and in recent times has worked and recorded with many of the who’s who of jazz including tenor-saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, George Coleman and Eric Alexander, trombonist Steve Davis, pianists Harold Mabern, George Cables, David Hazeltine and Anthony Wonsey, and drummer Joe Farnsworth among many others. Asked which of his recordings are among his favorites, Nat named Jackie McLean’s J-Mac Attack, Kenny Garrett’s Grammy-nominated Songbook and Seeds from the Underground, Steve Davis’ Say When, Joe Farnsworth’s My Heroes and Eric Alexander’s Temple of Olympic Zeus. “I actually like every recording that I’ve been on. They have all been learning experiences. Recording my CD State of Emergency with pianist Rick Germanson, trumpeter Josh Bruneau and drummer Jonathan Barber was a bit of a challenge because we were in the middle of a huge snowstorm and it was tricky getting all of the musicians into the studio although it turned out great. There is more music to those sessions that hopefully will be released someday.”

During the past year, Nat Reeves has traveled the world including performing in India and Japan, at the San Francisco, New Orleans, Detroit and Atlanta Jazz Festivals, and with Pharoah Sanders at Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center.

Committed to carrying on Jackie McLean’s legacy at The Hartt School, Nat also looks forward to leading more recordings in the future and, in addition to playing with many of his favorite musicians, to work more often as a leader, “I’m still busy after moving to Hartford. Now at 61, it is time do more of my own projects.”

17
Feb

Tierney Sutton Band

Tierney Sutton – vocals
Christian Jacob – piano
Kevin Axt – bass
Ray Brinker – drums

An 8-time Grammy nominee, Sutton has received 7 consecutive nominations for “Best Jazz Vocal Album”- a nomination for every project she has released for the last decade. In 2013 she released After Blue, a jazz-inspired re-imagining of the legacy of Joni Mitchell. The album received wide acclaim and was Sutton’s breakout as a leader without her longtime Band and features Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws, Peter Erskine, Larry Goldings, Mark Summer, Kevin Axt, Serge Merlaud and The Turtle Island String Quartet. Sutton’s “After Blue: The Joni Mitchell Project” continues to tour the world.

With a recording and touring history spanning over 20 years and 9 CDs, The Tierney Sutton Band, “TSB” has traveled a rare path. Comprised of Sutton and instrumental virtuosos Kevin Axt, Ray Brinker, Trey Henry and Christian Jacob, the band functions as a true collaborative (and legally incorporated) unit and makes all musical as well as business decisions as partners. In 2011 the TSB received a Grammy nomination for it’s collaborative arranging, the only collaborative team ever to receive that honor.

Their discography is thematic and rich and past TSB projects have addressed: Americana (American Road, 2011) Materialism (Desire, 2009), The Pursuit of Happiness (On The Other Side, 2007), as well as the musical legacies of Bill Evans (Blue in Green, 2001) and Frank Sinatra (Dancing in The Dark, 2003). Along these same lines, the band released a brand new recording, The Sting Variations in Fall 2016. In addition to this, Christian Jacob and TSB scored the original music for Clint Eastwood’s feature flim “Sully”, starring Tom Hanks and Laura Linney. The film premiered on September 9, 2016 to critical acclaim.

23
Feb

George Burton Quintet

George Burton – piano
Tim Warfield – sax
Jason Palmer – trumpet
Pablo Menares – bass
Wayne Smith Jr. – drums

“George Burton represents what many of Jazz’s most exciting figures hoped the genre would become: precarious, dynamic, revolutionary…unable to be contained.” —Nextbop

For more than a decade, the young pianist, composer and bandleader George Burton has been on the radar of anyone who keeps up with innovations in jazz. Praised as “formidable” by NPR, and “charismatic” by The New York Times, Burton’s dazzling virtuosity and breathtakingly eclectic approach to music reflect his experience in every aspect of the jazz spectrum: beginning with rigorous classical training, branching into his equally rigorous experience in the heady nightlife of the Philadelphia jazz scene, and earning him a place on the world stage with some of the most significant practitioners of bop, post bop and beyond—from James Carter to Meshell Ndegecello to the Sun Ra Arkestra—and has landed him on some the most prestigious of stages with his own groups as a leader, including the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival.

Burton’s own work is in a category by itself: he brings not only stunning technique, but music that is complex, uniting all the dimensions of his experience, filtered through the sensibility of a Romantic composer. His compositions are incomparably beautiful—make that scary-beautiful—and powerful—as in mesmerizingly powerful—and haunting—as in “where has this been all my life” haunting. Always creative and unique, he shines on his debut album, “THE TRUTH OF WHAT I AM > (is greater than) THE NARCISSIST,” the title a remark on today’s “me” driven culture and art’s ability to transcend the self. His multi- dimensional compositions push the boundaries of the genre and bring to light what many reviewers have noted—his ability to bring out the best in his band.

24
Feb

Ricky Ford Quartet

Ricky Ford – tenor sax
John Kordalewski – piano
Jerome Harris – bass
Barry Altschul – drums

Ricky Ford is a complete artist who has been exploring different aspects of art throughout his career. He is a veteran bandleader, an in demand sideman, a prolific composer, a unique teacher, and artistic director of the Toucy Jazz Festival that he founded in 2008 in French region Bourgogne. He also paints.

Born on March 4th, 1954, he was trained at the New England Conservatory of Music by Gunther Schuller, Ran Blake, Jaki Byard, George Russell, Joe Allard and Joe Maneri. Mercer Ellington invited him to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra just a few months after the passing of Duke Ellington and Paul Gonsalves. Afterwards, he went on to work with Charles Mingus (1976-1977), Dannie Richmond (1978-1981), Lionel Hampton (1980-1982), Abdullah Ibrahim (1983-1990), Mal Waldron (1989-1994), and made recording sessions with Yusef Lateef, Sonny Stitt, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Amina Claudine Myers, Sathima Bea Benjamin and Steve Lacy, to just name a few. Throughout his career, Ford has strived to master different musical genres, from swing to hard bop to free, focusing closely in the recent past on the works of Turkish poet and musician Neyzen Tevfik (1879-1953).

As a leader, Ricky Ford has recorded 21 albums and authored a vast repertoire of originals. He is also a unique arranger and conductor. From 1985 to 1996 he led Brandeis University’s big band, arranging the works of composers whose music had never been played by big bands. When he settled in Paris in the 1990s, he created another big band before moving to Turkey to teach at the Istanbul Bilgi University (2000-2006). For the past years, Ricky Ford has been working with Ze Big Band, conducted by Fred Burgazzi, with who he has recorded two beautiful albums, 7095 (2009), and Sacred Concert (2013). Ford and Ze Big Band recently created Sketches of Brittany at the Jazz Festival of Vitré. Ricky Ford makes a rare state side visit.

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OLD LYME INN
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Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371

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May 19, 2017, 8:30pm - May 19, 2017, 11:00pm

Vadim Neselovskyi — piano, voice, melodica, compositions Ronen Itzik — drums, percussion Dan Loomis — bass "I don’t think I have ever met an improviser who has more surprises in store…a true Genius." Gary Burton "I truly believe that he is one of the greatest pianist/composers out there right now.” Fred Hersch “We all look forward to hearing much more from him, as he ventures further down the singular road he has found.” Steve Swallow Vadim Neselovskyi is a Ukrainian pianist and composer based in New York City. He joined 6-Time Grammy-Winner Gary Burton’s Generations Quintet of future all-stars including Julian Lage, Luques Curtis and James Williams in 2004 and has been working as Gary Burton’s pianist and arranger for more than a decade, touring US, Europe and Japan. Vadim grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, where he was the youngest student (fifteen years old) to be accepted into Odessa Conservatory, and then moved to Dortmund, Germany when he was 17 years old. Shortly after arriving in Germany, Neselovskyi established himself on the local jazz scene, taking part in the Dusseldorf Jazz Rally and Leipzig Jazz Days. After a few years he moved to the USA to further his studies at Berklee College of Music, where he was asked to play and compose for a Berklee’s promotional recording produced by Pat Metheny, which also featured Esperanza Spalding and Christian Scott. Next education stage took place at the Thelonious Monk Institute where he was awarded a Full Scholarship as the pianist of an ensemble handpicked by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. During this time, he toured internationally with Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Terri Lyne Carrington and shared the stage with artists such as John Scofield, Terence Blanchard, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Benny Golson, Nicholas Payton and Steve Coleman. His solo piano CD Music for September (Sunnyside Records, 2013) was produced by Fred Hersch and received 4-star review in Downbeat. In 2010 German Neue Musik Zeitung (NMZ) included him into “Best Musicians of 2010” list. His compositions have been covered by jazz stars such as Randy Brecker,[19] Antonio Sanchez, Scott Colley, Julian Lage,[ Gary Burton and also by Symphony Orchestras in the US (Spokane Symphony[ and Lancaster Symphony, and Europe (Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and INSO Lviv Sympony[).

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The SideDoor is quite literally a dream come true!

The Sidedoor jazz club is the realisation of a long cherished dream. Ken Kitchings has always been a true fan of jazz music and brought many great artists to The Garde Theatre in New London, CT during his time there.

In 2011 Ken and his wife Chris bought the beautiful, but sadly neglected, Old Lyme Inn and put their hearts and souls into bringing its former glory to life. Once the inn became an established part of the community, Ken set his sights on an unused “side door” space attached to the inn, visualizing the perfect jazz venue: Intimate, welcoming, elegant and a quality, great sounding room that the very best jazz artists would be happy to play in!

On May 10th, 2013 its door and stage was opened by none other than the venerable George Wein and his Newport All Star band, cutting the ribbon and giving his blessing to an awestruck Ken Kitchings! An incredible gala night opening to be remembered – setting the standard and placing The Sidedoor firmly on the jazz venue map!

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  • “Thank you for treating us so well. I’m happy that The Side Door brings quality, art and celebration to the community, thank you for inviting me to be a part of the magic! Sending love and wishing you health and joy, thank you. Benny”

    ~ Benny Green 4/18/14
  • “This is the real deal! You’re right in the cross hairs of the NY and Boston music scene… This is every bit as great as playing the Vanguard!”

    ~ Kenny Werner
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  • As shepherded by Ken Kitchings – who owns the Old Lyme Inn with his wife, Christine, and is a booking force at the Garde Arts Center – the SideDoor will be an intimate venue dedicated to showcasing the finest touring jazz musicians as they negotiate the I-95 corridor.

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