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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4

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Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

The Los Angeles Jazz Institute (LAJI), under Ken Poston, has continued for some thirty years to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Scott Whitfield: New Jazz Standards, Volume 2

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On New Jazz Standards, Volume 2 (yes, the title may seem a tad optimistic at first glance; more about that later), trombonist Scott Whitfield leads a well-honed quartet playing the music of Carl Saunders. If the name Carl Saunders is new to you, he is quite simply one of the finest jazz trumpeters you've never heard--and ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Kindred Spirits: New CD release by songwriter Walter Duda

Kindred Spirits: New CD release by songwriter Walter Duda

Kindred Spirits is the latest release by songwriter, pianist and vocalist Walter Duda on World Alert Records. The CD contains all original compositions by Duda. Featured musicians include Will Lee, Chris Parker, Joel Rosenblatt, Don and Bill Harris, Tim DeHuff and others.

About Walter Duda

Walter Duda is a self-taught musician from New England, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Joey Berkley & Funkasaurus Rex: More 'n Four / Etched in Stone

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Some jazz musicians have a knack for variety. There are those who specialize in a specific genre, but there are others who prefer to come at the listener from different directions. Saxophonist Joey Berkley is among the latter.

Berkley hails from Toronto but has made his home in New York City. In NYC, he ...

Resonance Big Band / Sammy Nestico-SWR Big Band / Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra / Alf Clausen Jazz Orchestra

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Resonance Big Band
Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson
Resonance Records
2009

First things first: there will never be another Oscar Peterson. Period. Even so, there are others who come remarkably close to retracing his legendary footsteps. Fellow Canadian Oliver Jones is one, Romanian-born Marian Petrescu another. It is ...

Jack Nimitz: Baritone-in-Chief

Read "Jack Nimitz: Baritone-in-Chief" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Baritone saxophonist Jack Nimitz died June 10, 2009 at his home in Studio City, California. He was 79 years old. That's hardly headline news except to a relative handful of jazz enthusiasts who were privileged to hear and appreciate his consummate artistry over the span of more than half a century when Nimitz was at the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Harry Miller's Isipingo: Full Steam Ahead

Read "Full Steam Ahead" reviewed by Nic Jones

Such is the nature of the reviewing game that some reviews just flow out, taking the perennial word count with it. This is usually because the force of life running through the music under discussion is vibrant enough to make it so, and Full Steam Ahead is a case in point.

If the notion ...