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Personnel:
Mike Lee: Saxophones
Ted Chubb: Trumpet
Kellen Harrison: Bass
Shawn Baltazor: Drums Four members of the celebrated Cecil’s Big Band at Cecil’s Jazz Club and Restaurant in West Orange, New Jersey" tenor saxophonist Mike Lee, trumpeter Ted Chubb, bassist Kellen Harrison, and drummer Shawn Baltazor"decided five years ago to get together for jam sessions in the basement of Lee’s house in nearby Montclair. Lee and Chubb brought some original compositions to jam on at the Wednesday afternoon sessions, and the men soon discovered they had a special musical affinity for one another. “We didn’t get together with the idea of being a band,” Lee explains

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ted Chubb Band at Trumpets Jazz Club

Read "Ted Chubb Band at Trumpets Jazz Club" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

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

Read "Goodbye, Cecil's" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

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

Read "Cecil’s Big Band with Mike Lee: West Orange, NJ, February 20, 2012" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Cecil's Big Band with Mike LeeCecil's Jazz ClubWest Orange, New JerseyFebruary 20, 2012A 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 ...

Alternate Side...

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
Track listing: Alternate Side Parking; Optimistic-Lee; Shellen vs. Chee; Vincenza Days; Back to Work; Long Road Home; New Dog; Short Stops; Skeltazor.

Alternate Side

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
Track listing: Alternate Side Parking; Optimistic-Lee; Shellen vs Chee; Vicenza Days; Back to Work; Long Road Home; New Dog; Short Stops; Skeltazor.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

David A. Orthmann's Best Releases of 2011

Read "David A. Orthmann's Best Releases of 2011" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

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

Read "Shawn Baltazor  New York, NY  September 17, 2011" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Shawn Baltazor Quartet:New York, NYSeptember 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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

New Tricks: Alternate Side

Read "Alternate Side" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

New Tricks: Alternate Side...

Read "Alternate Side..." reviewed by Greg Simmons

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 ...


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