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Album Review

John Daversa Jazz Orchestra Featuring Justin Morell: All Without Words: Variations Inspired by Loren

Read "All Without Words: Variations Inspired by Loren" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Trumpeter John Daversa takes the biggest artistic challenge of his career with All Without Words: Variations Inspired by Loren. It is a large scale orchestral piece--a “jazz with strings" affair if it needs a label--that goes well its seminal predecessors in the style, to wit a pair of Charlie Parker With Strings albums (both bearing the same title), initially released on EmArcy, and reissued together later on a CD compilation (plus extra tracks) in 1995 on Verve; and trumpeter Clifford ...

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Album Review

John Daversa: Wobbly Dance Flower

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"Wobbly Dance Flower" is the title of one of the tracks on this CD but it also captures the frisky, goofy vibe of the entire disc. Trumpeter John Daversa writes sophisticated music with catchy melodies that share the off-beat, slightly wacky humor of musicians like Matt Wilson and Jack Walrath. The sounds and approaches on Wobbly Dance Flower change constantly, sometimes within the same composition. The opening “Ms. Turkey" has a super-fast stop-start boppish melody powered by Joe ...

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Album Review

John Daversa: Wobbly Dance Flower

Read "Wobbly Dance Flower" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


As trumpeter John Daversa explains simply in the liners, Wobbly Dance Flower boils down to having fun. And glory be does he hit it squarely out of the park. Here's an upper deck moon shot so uplifting, so tightly nuanced and choreographed with shifts of meter, attitude, altitude, and an irresistible swing guaranteed to shake you from the apocalyptic feel that seems to have engulfed most of us.An explosive burst of sound and color, the eight snappy and ...

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Big Band Report

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival "Big Band Spectacular" 2017, Part 1-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival "Big Band Spectacular" 2017, Part 1-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow


Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival Big Band Spectacular LAX Westin Hotel Los Angeles, CA May 24-28, 2017 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Organised by Ken Poston, head of the Los Angeles Jazz Institute (LAJI), and advertised as the “Largest Big Band Festival of all time!," this was a fine exposition of many of the best big bands from the greater Los Angeles area and ...

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Album Review

John Daversa: Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles

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Does the world need another collection of Beatles covers? The same argument could be had about any of the dozens of standards that regularly, sometimes ad nauseam, crop up on new releases. But redundancy is validated each time an Amy Winehouse takes on “Body and Soul" or Avicii reinvents “Feeling Good," and those instances serve as wakeup calls to re-appreciate the originals. There should be little doubt that the works of John Lennon and Paul McCartney--and occasionally George Harrison--need to ...

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Live Review

John Daversa Big Band at The Baked Potato

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John Daversa Big Band The Baked Potato Los Angeles, CA May 29, 2016 It's a rarity to find a modern big band dedicated to playing original music in Los Angeles; home to some of the world's most talented musicians and entertainers, pretty much every style of music imaginable is represented here, but often a big band show celebrates music of the past more than it looks to the future. John Daversa's big band does the ...

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Catching Up With

John Daversa: Kaleidoscope Eyes

Read "John Daversa: Kaleidoscope Eyes" reviewed by Paul Naser


Internationally renowned performer, composer, arranger, band leader, teacher; John Daversa's talents include these among many others. His in demand skills as a world-class trumpet player have led him to perform on such prestigious stages as the Monterey Jazz, Montreal Jazz and Montreux Festivals, on such well known American programs as Late Nite with David Letterman and The Oprah Winfrey Show and with incredible performers such as Fiona Apple, Michael Buble, Dori Caymmi and The Yellowjackets. In addition to this impressive ...


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