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Big Band Jazz: It's Not Just for Guys Anymore

By Published: August 4, 2011
On July 13, a new CD, From California with Love (CD Baby/Indys, 2011), the proceeds from which will be used to benefit victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, was released and made available for sale at CD Baby. Performing on the CD are Tierney Sutton
Tierney Sutton
Tierney Sutton
b.1963
vocalist
, Kendall Kay, Christian Jacob, Frankie Randall, Johnny Holiday, Sam Most
Sam Most
Sam Most
1930 - 2013
flute
, Dick Noel, Leslie Lewis
Leslie Lewis
Leslie Lewis

vocalist
, Gerard Hagen
Gerard Hagen

piano
, Alan Broadbent
Alan Broadbent
Alan Broadbent
b.1947
piano
and the late singer Chris Connor
Chris Connor
Chris Connor
1927 - 2009
vocalist
. None of the tracks has been heard before and most were recorded especially for this project. For more information, go to www.from-california-with-love.com

New Mexico Jazz Festival

The sixth annual New Mexico Jazz Festival was held July 19-31 in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. This year's headliners were singer / composer Mose Allison
Mose Allison
Mose Allison
b.1927
composer/conductor
, singer Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater
b.1950
vocalist
, saxophonist Maceo Parker
Maceo Parker
Maceo Parker
b.1943
saxophone
, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, guitarist John Pizzarelli
John Pizzarelli
John Pizzarelli
b.1960
guitar
, bassist Christian McBride
Christian McBride
Christian McBride
b.1972
bass
and pianist Randy Weston
Randy Weston
Randy Weston
b.1926
piano
. Others performing included guitarist Michael Anthony, singer Patti Littlefield and guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli
Bucky Pizzarelli
Bucky Pizzarelli
b.1926
guitar
. I'd say more but the fact is I didn't attend any of the events. There was simply nothing that moved me to leave the house and drive to Santa Fe or to Albuquerque's Outpost Performance Space (unlike last July, when I did make the trip to Santa Fe to see and hear the Toshiko Akiyoshi
Toshiko Akiyoshi
Toshiko Akiyoshi
b.1929
piano
/ Lew Tabackin
Lew Tabackin
Lew Tabackin
b.1940
sax, tenor
Big Band with guest artist Bobby Shew). Maybe next year . . .

And that's it for now. Until next time, keep swingin' . . . !

New and Noteworthy

August 2011

1. The H2 Big Band, You're It! (Jazzed Media)

2. Captain Black Big Band, Untitled (Posi-Tone)

3. Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, That's How We Roll (Telarc)

4. Stan Kenton / DePaul University, Double Feature (Tantara)

5. Fred Hess Big Band, Into the Open (Alison)

6. Rick Wald 16 / NYC, Play That Thing (Glowbow Records)

7. Mike Cato Tentet, Nimmons 'n' Nine . . . Now (MCCO Records)

8. Jazz Conceptions Orchestra, Untitled (151 Records)

9. Clarke / Boland Big Band, Complete Live Recordings at Ronnie Scott's (Rearward)

10. Brooks Tegler Big Band, That's It! (Maxngruber Records)

11. UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band, Under the Radar (UNT Jazz)

12. Heart of North Carolina Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Encounters (Self Published)

13. U.S. Navy Commodores, 40th Anniversary Celebration (USN Jazz)

14. Jamie Begian Big Band, Big Fat Grin (Innova)

15. University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band, Vertigo (AW Jazz)


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