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Ed Neumeister & His NeuHat Ensemble: Wake Up Call

Read "Wake Up Call" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you are one of those restless wanderers who is searching high and low for easy listening, look elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you are drawn to music that is more or less off the beaten path and challenges your mind and spirit, composer / arranger / trombonist Ed Neumeister's new album may well serve ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra: Rotterdam 1969

Read "Rotterdam 1969" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Right up to the end Duke Ellington maintained an ability to surprise lesser mortals with his impish wit. In 1969 he visited the White House to celebrate his 70th birthday and kissed President Richard Nixon on the cheek four times. When Nixon asked why four times, Ellington replied, “One for each cheek."

Tricky ...

NEWS: RADIO

Catherine Russell In Concert This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, Catherine Russell joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band with frequent guest artist Dick Hyman on piano, at the historic Pearl Stable in San Antonio. They present a selection of songs from Catherine's recent CDs. Catherine talks about her beginnings as the daughter of a pioneering woman of jazz, to what she ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Poetry Of Pheralyn Dove In Center City Wed. April 9th!

Jazz Poetry Of Pheralyn Dove In Center City Wed. April 9th!

The Jazz Bridge Second Wednesdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut Street in Center City Philadelphia, presents poet Pheralyn Dove and her trio on Wednesday, April 9th. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For info: 215-517-8337 or visit Jazz ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

George Cables: The Pianist’s Dedication to the Group

Read "George Cables: The Pianist’s Dedication to the Group" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Anyone who is serious about jazz will tell you that George Cables belongs in the pantheon of the greatest jazz pianists. Everyone, that is, except George Cables. Exceptional in every way, he is yet a team player. He sees himself as part of the rhythm section, and has always emphasized the group over the soloist. He ...

Sandviken Big Band: In the Name of Freedom

Read "In the Name of Freedom" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This admirably performed two-CD set by Sweden's celebrated Sandviken Big Band, recorded live in 2009 and comprised for the most part of music composed by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, isn't without its ambiguous aspects. First, there's the title: while anyone who produces an album is free to assign any name that seems appropriate, In the ...

Doug Sertl: Beautiful Friendship

Read "Beautiful Friendship" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here's an interesting concept: an organ trio with trombone (or vice versa), led by Canadian trombonist Doug Sertl with Rick Montalbano at the Hammond B3, Peter Bernstein on guitar and another Canadian, Terry Clarke, in the drum chair. The album was recorded before the millennium and marked time on a shelf until it was released in ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

R3: Special Big Band / Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra / Empire Jazz Orchestra

Read "R3: Special Big Band / Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra / Empire Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

R3: Special Big Band

R3

Summit Records

2012

The “R3" in this Brazilian-based band's name refers to brothers Rafael, Renato and Roger Rocha who together comprise its heart and soul. The “Special" pertains to just about everything else on this impressive debut album. Indeed, there could be even more “R's" in ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Duke Ellington: My People - The Complete Show and The Treasury Shows, Volume 16

Read "Duke Ellington: My People - The Complete Show  and The Treasury Shows, Volume 16" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Duke Ellington stood aloof from the Civil Rights movement. As a self proclaimed patriot he was extremely uneasy about the street protests and civil disobedience sweeping America the 1960s. He didn't participate in Martin Luther King's 1963 Great March on Washington.

He would deal with the issue his way, he said, and went ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman

Read "Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

[Editor's note: Last month, All About Jazz contributor Florence Wetzel conducted a two-hour interview with Ron Miles. The result is the most extensive interview piece ever written about the Colorado-based trumpeter. Part 1 covers his early years and education; Parts 2 and 3, bringing Miles up to ...