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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Richmond at The Turning Point Cafe

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John Richmond
The Turning Point Cafe
Annual Gemini Birthday Bash
Piermont, NY
June 10, 2019

The night began with a question of the identity of an alto saxophonist on a Miles Davis recording that was playing on The Turning Point Café's sound system. John Richmond, tenor saxophonist and the Monday ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Recent Listening: Scott Reeves and others

Recent Listening: Scott Reeves and others

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra, Without A Trace (Origin) Reeves’ second big band album for Origin features players in the top level of New York musicians. Saxophonists Steve Wilson, Vito Chiavuzzo, Tim Armacost and Rob Middleton are among the impressive soloists, along with trombonist Matt Haviland, trumpeter Andy Gravish, pianist Jim Ridl, and Reeves on flugelhorn and trombone. ...

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without A Trace

Read "Without A Trace" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Grudging good wishes to New Yorkers who are able to see and hear the world-class Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra on a fairly regular basis. Everyone else must make do with the occasional recording (Without a Trace is only the second by the ten-year-old ensemble which made its debut in 2008). That's not nearly enough, of course, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Portraits and Places

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Scott Reeves formed his splendid New York-based orchestra eight years ago, in 2008, and while Portraits and Places marks its recorded debut, Reeves spent a number of years before that sharpening his composing and arranging skills at the highly regarded BMI Jazz Composers Workshop where he received tutelage and counsel from Manny Albam, Mike Abene, Jim ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Liebman Big Band: A Tribute to Wayne Shorter

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In a career spanning almost half a century, soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman has appeared on more than five hundred recordings including seventy as leader of various groups. His latest, A Tribute to Wayne Shorter by the Dave Liebman Big Band, may well be the best one yet. Why? Because every single component, from choice of material ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Fidel Cuellar

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Meet Fidel Cuellar:

A native of Bogota, Colombia, Fidel Cuellar moved to New York City in 2007 to continue his apprenticeship as a jazz pianist and composer under the tutelage of renowned musicians like Bruce Barth, Mike Holober, and John Patitucci. In 2009, Cuellar graduated summa cum laude from the City College of New ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Scott Reeves Quintet with Duane Eubanks: Nyack, NY, November 30, 2012

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Scott Reeves Quintet with Duane Eubanks
Nyack Library Carnegie Room
Nyack, NY
November 30, 2012

There are a number of reasons why tribute concerts, a staple of today's live performance landscape, go awry. When an MC emits an endless stream of hyperbole, or offers a history lesson reminiscent of the ones that put high school ...

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 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 ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge on July 25th

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge on July 25th

After years of writing for Dave Liebman's Big Band, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Bill Mobley's Smoke Big Band, the BMI Jazz Composers Orchestra and the Cecil's Big Band, trombonist/composer Scott Reeves fronts his own 16-piece jazz orchestra featuring some of the best jazz musicians in New York City. Reeves has forged an original compositional style which All About Jazz describes ...