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The Music of Art Blakey: 90th Birthday Celebration at the Iridium, NYC

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Golden Boy: The Music of Art Blakey--90th Birthday Celebration David Weiss and 11 Musicians The Iridium Jazz Club New York, New York December 5, 2009

The great drummer and long-standing band leader Art Blakey would have celebrated his 90th birthday this past October. In honor of that event, trumpeter, composer and arranger David Weiss assembled a cast of excellent young and not so young musicians to pay tribute to the great ...


The Charles Tolliver Big Band Live at The Iridium Jazz Club

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The Charles Tolliver Big BandThe Iridium Jazz ClubNew York, NYOctober 17, 2009Charles Tolliver leads a modernist 16 piece big band that pushes the envelope of contemporary orchestral jazz sounds. The Big Band played a four night stand at the Iridium Jazz Club and I was fortunate to catch the second set on Saturday night. The Iridium is situated in Midtown Manhattan, just a few blocks away from Time Square, the tourist corner of the world. ...


Joe Lovano's Flights of Fancy

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This has been a banner year for Joe Lovano. He was appointed to the newly created Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music, a position he assumed this past September. Recently the Downbeat's Critics and Readers Poll named Joe Lovano as its artist of the year. In the past year, he also released 2 critically-acclaimed recordings, 52nd Street Themes an homage to Tadd Dameron and classic music of the bebop era, and Flights of Fancy, a ...

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