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by Jack Bowers
Tom Haines, whose album with the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra (that's Birmingham as in England, not Alabama) was indeed recorded live at the 2016 Stratford Jazz Festival, is a composer / arranger of the first rank--and has the awards to prove it. Of the five selections on Tom Haines Live, three have won awards for composing and / or arranging while a fourth, Strange Utopia," came close, earning runner-up honors at the 2016 European Big Band Composers Competition. ...read more