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Bruce Harris: Beginnings

Read "Beginnings" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Beginnings sounds as if it's guided by an old hand instead of someone relatively new to the demanding art of leading a band. The debut recording of trumpeter Bruce Harris captures a coherent, homogeneous group sound, while utilizing several different combinations of instruments. Harris ties together material ranging from Harold Arlen, to Bud Powell, to Prince, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bruce Harris: Beginnings

Read "Beginnings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Many a debut album receives a largely positive critique before being cut down to size with a qualifier. It's simply a jazz journalist's nature to paint newcomers as nascent talent in need of seasoning, players showing signs of potential, or artists taking a good first step with a first record. But sometimes a debut album is ...

ARTICLE: IN THE STUDIO

Three Days At The Barber Shop, Part 3

Read "Three Days At The Barber Shop, Part 3" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Rehearsal | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 When I walk into the live room, a little early, on Day 3, Gillespie has already swapped out the piano for a Hammond B-3 organ and Leslie speaker. Three boom mics are positioned in the area closest to the window to the control room. ...

ARTICLE: IN THE STUDIO

Three Days At The Barber Shop, Part 1

Read "Three Days At The Barber Shop, Part 1" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Rehearsal | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 The Barber Shop Studios are located on the West Shore of Lake Hopatcong, a body of water spanning about four square miles, which makes it the largest freshwater body in New Jersey. The immediate neighborhood is a patchwork of bungalows, upscale homes, newly constructed ...

ARTICLE: IN THE STUDIO

Leonieke Scheuble's Journey Into The Art Of Jazz

Read "Leonieke Scheuble's Journey Into The Art Of Jazz" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The setting is a living room in a suburban northern New Jersey home. For the most part, it's filled with things not necessarily available at the furniture outlets that line the local highways. An upright piano takes up most of the wall adjacent to the front door. A harpsichord spans the area between the entrances to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steven Davis: The Way You Look Tonight

Read "The Way You Look Tonight" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Los Angeles songwriter and vocalist Steven Davis, finally reveals a non-holiday big band vocals album of his own with the swinging The Way You Look Tonight following in the tradition of great singers like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr. and others. This is traditional big band swing with a new voice interpreting the standards ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Steven Davis's “Perfectly Perfect” Soundtrack For Summer Love

Steven Davis's “Perfectly Perfect” Soundtrack For Summer Love

Jazz crooner Steven Davis ponders “What Happened To Romance,” his first big band album due June 23, led by the original song featured in an international television commercial. Nashville, TN: Bolstering the belief that romance is always en vogue, crooner Steven Davis plies his big voice backed by a big band on the swinging set “What ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Colonic Youth, Andy Farber, Tal Ronen & Paquito D'Rivera

Read "Colonic Youth, Andy Farber, Tal Ronen & Paquito D'Rivera" reviewed by Martin Longley

Colonic Youth Trans-Pecos December 22, 2014 In the wintry wasteland, the new-ish Trans-Pecos venue did not seem to boast a particularly peachy set-up. It may or may not still be operated by Todd P, normally known as a promoter of slightly swerved rock outfits, and there were tales of this ...

Darmstadter Big Band / Alon Yavnai–NDR Big Band / Red Bank Jazz Orchestra

Read "Darmstadter Big Band / Alon Yavnai–NDR Big Band / Red Bank Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Dartstadter Big BandKentomaniaSelf Published2010 Of all the recorded tributes to the legendary Stan Kenton released during the centennial of his birth (2011), the Darmstadter Big Band's Kentomania (it's spelled that way on the jacket cover and disc) is unequaled for one reason alone: it has former Kenton ...

NEWS: EVENT

Catherine Russell: A Swing-Jazz Singer Emerges

Catherine Russell: A Swing-Jazz Singer Emerges

By Daniel Kassell Catherine Russell Singers Over Manhattan The Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center New York City, NY March 30, 2012 At the start of singer Catherine Russell's Jazz at Lincoln Center performance, MC Todd Barkan (Dizzy's Jazz Club Manager), roused the crowd with, “Thank you for ...


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