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Bob Brookmeyer: Jack of All Trades, Master of Valves

By Published: February 5, 2012
Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute are presenting another all-star event, Modern Sounds, May 24-27 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel. This one focuses on "Big Bands of the Atomic Age" and includes twenty large ensembles along with films, panel discussions and special presentations. Among the jazz giants whose music will be heard are Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
, Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
, Woody Herman
Woody Herman
Woody Herman
1913 - 1987
band/orchestra
, Tadd Dameron
Tadd Dameron
Tadd Dameron
1917 - 1965
arranger
, Buddy Rich
Buddy Rich
Buddy Rich
1917 - 1987
drums
, Charlie Ventura
Charlie Ventura
Charlie Ventura
1916 - 1992
sax, tenor
, Chubby Jackson
Chubby Jackson
Chubby Jackson
1918 - 2003
bass, acoustic
, Tiny Kahn, Artie Shaw
Artie Shaw
Artie Shaw
1910 - 2004
clarinet
, Gil Fuller
Gil Fuller
b.1920
, Claude Thornhill
Claude Thornhill
Claude Thornhill
1909 - 1965
vocalist
, Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
1927 - 1996
sax, baritone
, Gil Evans
Gil Evans
Gil Evans
1912 - 1988
composer/conductor
, Elliot Lawrence, Boyd Raeburn
Boyd Raeburn
b.1913
, Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns
Ralph Burns
b.1922
composer/conductor
, Neal Hefti
Neal Hefti
Neal Hefti
1922 - 2008
trumpet
, Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn
1915 - 1967
piano
, Charlie Barnet
Charlie Barnet
Charlie Barnet
1913 - 1991
composer/conductor
and Mary Lou Williams. For information, go online to www.lajazzinstitute.org or phone 562-200-5477.

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

New and Noteworthy

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3. Dutch Jazz Orchestra, The Music of Rob Madna (5-CD) (Challenge)

4. Cecilia Coleman Big Band, Oh Boy! (Interplay)

5. Skelton Skinner All-Star Big Band, Cookin' with the Lid On (Diving Duck)

6. Sandvika Storband, A Novel Approach (Sandvika Storband)

7. Dietrich Koch Big Band, Berlin Cookbook (Mons)

8. New Zealand School of Music Big Band, Funk City Ola (NZSM Jazz)

9. Nelson Faria / hr Big Band, Live in Frankfurt (Self Published)

10. Landes Jugend Jazz Orchester Hessen, A Tribute to Kenny Napper (Mons)

11. University of Memphis, Out of the Bluffs (UMR)

12. Renolds Jazz Orchestra, Three Penny Opera: Live in Aarau (Shanti Records)

13. Band of Bones, Untitled (BB Productions)

14. Deutsche Oper Berlin Big Band, How Long Is Now? (Mons)

15. Washington State University, Kinda Fabulous (WSU Jazz)


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