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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ted Chubb Band at Trumpets Jazz Club

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Ted Chubb Band
Trumpets Jazz Club
Montclair, NJ
June 21, 2018

The other night I went to Trumpets Jazz Club to check out the Ted Chubb Band without any preconceptions as to what I was about to hear. I was nonetheless interested in answers to some basic questions. Knowing nothing about ...

Goodbye, Cecil's

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In the hallway around the corner from the bandstand at Cecil's Jazz Club, hangs a poster for Slugs' Saloon. Through most of the 1960s, until its end in 1972, Slugs' was one of the most important jazz clubs in New York City. Unlike many of the upscale establishments that appeared in its wake, it was a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Cecil’s Big Band with Mike Lee: West Orange, NJ, February 20, 2012

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Cecil's Big Band with Mike Lee
Cecil's Jazz Club
West Orange, New Jersey
February 20, 2012

A completely packed crowd at Cecil's Jazz Club on a Monday night--not a common scene--but this was the beginning of the club's final week of operation and the final show for Cecil's Big Band. Led by tenor saxophonist Mike ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

David A. Orthmann's Best Releases of 2011

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2011 was another banner year for newly recorded jazz. My favorites in no particular order...



New Tricks
Alternate Side
(New Tricks Records)



Jeff Williams
Another Time
(Whirlwind Recordings)



Vinnie Cutro
The Music of Duke Ellington ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Shawn Baltazor New York, NY September 17, 2011

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Shawn Baltazor Quartet:
New York, NY
September 17, 2011
It's always night time at Smalls. Thirty minutes prior to a Saturday afternoon showcase of drummer Shawn Baltazor's Quartet, the basement club was a virtual world of its own, devoid of natural light and removed from the hustle and bustle of the West Village. Operating seven ...

New Tricks: Alternate Side

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Each of the nine tracks of Alternate Side by New Tricks, a quartet co-led by saxophonist Mike Lee and trumpeter Ted Chubb, is a journey of an irregular route with lots of detours. The melodies and some of the tunes' structures resemble hard bop but, in general, the music is freer and more intensely interactive. The ...

New Tricks: Alternate Side...

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Here's something you don't read in album liner notes every day: “We recorded in Shawn's apartment...using only blankets wrapped around music stands for audio separation." New Tricks has seemingly recorded Alternate Side... in some no-frills circumstances, but there's truth in the old saying that adversity sometimes brings out the best in people.

This piano-less ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

New Tricks to Play Sunday, April 10 at the Bistro at Grand Center

New Tricks to Play Sunday, April 10 at the Bistro at Grand Center

The New Jersey-based jazz quartet New Tricks (pictured) is coming to St. Louis to perform at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the Bistro at Grand Center. The jazz combos from Webster Groves High School will open the show. New Tricks is co-led by tenor saxophonist Mike Lee and trumpeter Ted Chubb, who are both originally from ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Alternate Side": New CD by Mike Lee & Ted Chubb's New Tricks Due April 5

"Alternate Side": New CD by Mike Lee & Ted Chubb's New Tricks Due April 5

The four members of New Tricks first discovered their uncanny musical affinity more than six years ago, and have been delving into creative possibilities ever since. Their brilliant sophomore CD Alternate Side, which New Tricks Records will release on April 5, is clearly a group effort in which the band mates interact with and complement each ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Lee / Ted Chubb: New Tricks

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New Jersey resident, veteran educator, group leader and session ace Mike Lee pulls some new tricks out of an old bag on this 2009 quartet date with co-leader/trumpeter Ted Chubb. In the liners, Lee mentions that this aggregation found its origins via recurring jam sessions in his basement. They're a young and noble bunch of jazz ...