Articles by Victor L. Schermer

INTERVIEW

Wouter Turkenburg: Jazz Education in the New Millennium

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All About Jazz and Wouter Turkenburg would like to dedicate this interview to the memory of saxophonist Michael Brecker (1949-2007). In addition to his prodigious accomplishments as an instrumentalist and band leader, Brecker was an exceptional worldwide teacher and mentor, both by example and instruction in countless workshops and classes. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music and left a jazz legacy that will forever provide a role model and inspiration for students and aspiring musicians. ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace

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This gem of a tribute album is, in the words of the poet Wordsworth, a “recollection in tranquility" conceived and led by drummer Louis Hayes in memory of his beloved lifelong friend, pianist Horace Silver. In 1956, Silver invited Hayes to New York City from his native Detroit to join the Horace Silver Quintet, which produced a series of ground-breaking Blue Note albums. Now, at 80, Hayes' drumming is as superb and as youthful as ever, a reason in itself ...

JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE

University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Jumpin’ at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Umiversity of the Arts “Z" Big Band Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey, CA September 17, 2017 [This article is a follow-up to the review of the “Z" Band Reception and Kickoff Concert in Philadelphia on September 7. If you want to know a little more about the band, you can check out that review-Eds.] The famed Monterey Jazz Festival, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, is the longest-running jazz festival ...

JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE

The University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Monterey, Here We Come!

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UArts “Z" Big Band Reception and Kickoff Concert Kaplan Auditorium University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA September 7, 2017 They were underdogs, but they gave it their best shot. Then they shocked themselves and everyone else by tying for first place with the UNLV student ensemble in the Monterey Jazz Festival College Big Band Competition! They won out over approximately 600 bands, many of them more well-known, bands ...

INTERVIEW

Eric Ineke: Surveying the European Jazz Scene

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[This is the fourth of the All About Jazz series on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues" in which we explore the current state of jazz around the world with musicians, journalists, and entrepreneurs who give us their own unique perspectives. Jazz originated in America, but Europe has made and still makes an enormous contribution to the development of jazz. In this interview, Dutch drummer Eric Ineke reflects on the many faces of jazz in Europe ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Mary Ellen Desmond at Paris Bistro and Jazz Café

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Mary Ellen Desmond Paris Bistro and Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA August 26, 2017 The Paris Bistro and Jazz Café is in Chestnut Hill, a neighborhood in the Northwest corner of Philadelphia that's like an upscale village all its own, with boutique stores and restaurants and the last stop on the Chestnut Hill train line. The jazz café is downstairs from the restaurant and has a small but comfortable stage, warm acoustics, and a very ...

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Grant Stewart Trio with Special Guest John Swana at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Grant Stewart Trio with Special Guest John Swana Chris' Jazz Cafe Philadelphia, PA August 18, 2017 In this supremely swinging hard bop set, Toronto-born New York saxophonist Grant Stewart joined long-time Philadelphia musicians: organist Lucas Brown, drummer Dan Monaghan, and special guest John Swana to knock out standards with a rare execution that was as tight as what might be the final takes on a recording date. The event was notable for Swana's first-time ...

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Eric Ineke: Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter

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Eric Ineke is a long time drummer, residing in the Netherlands, who is one of a coterie of sidemen favored by American expatriate jazz musicians for their European gigs. This fine compilation of his work with nine of the great tenor saxophonists gives the listener a golden opportunity to listen to some of their best workouts and compare their styles and approaches. The recording dates cover almost a half century from 1968 (Lucky Thompson) to 2014 (Dave Liebman ...

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Bobby Zankel and Odean Pope: Homage to John Coltrane 2017

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Bobby Zankel Warriors of the Wonderful Sound Featuring Odean Pope Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts 50th Anniversary Homage to John Coltrane Philadelphia, PA July 21, 2017 Fifty years ago, almost to the date, John Coltrane passed away at mid-career. In an all too brief ten plus year span, beginning with his tenure in the Miles Davis Quintet, and ending with his controversial suite, Meditations (Impulse, 1966), he became a role model ...


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