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Bob Washut Dodectet: Journey to Knowhere

Read "Journey to Knowhere" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even as experience is often the best teacher, so it is that the teacher often has the most useful experience. Bob Washut, who has been a teacher for roughly four decades, brings that experience and more to bear on Journey to Knowhere, preparing an ambrosial banquet for his twelve-member Dodectet whose main course consists of seven ...

University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band 1: The Romeo and Juliet Project

Read "The Romeo and Juliet Project" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The University of Northern Colorado's Lab Band 1 has been a dominant force on the intercollegiate jazz scene for many years, first under director Gene Aitken and more recently Dana Landry whose latest enterprise with the band, The Romeo and Juliet Project, was of course inspired by William Shakespeare's incomparable paean to young love and its ...

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10th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Across Two Sundays In Brooklyn’s Urban Meadow, June 11 & 18 From 1-6 PM

10th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival To Be Held Across Two Sundays In Brooklyn’s Urban Meadow, June 11 & 18 From 1-6 PM

“The Red Hook Jazz Festival exists contentedly on the margins, like its namesake neighborhood and much of the music on its bill…The mood in the audience was neighborly, with a higher ratio of small children to youngish adults than I’ve seen at any musical event not expressly pitched as a kids’ show.” —Nate Chinen, New York ...

Ben Markley: Clockwise: The Music Of Cedar Walton

Read "Clockwise: The Music Of Cedar Walton" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Cedar Walton, whose long and illustrious career ended with his passing in August 2013, was not only one of his era's most celebrated jazz pianists but a musician whose impressive talents as a composer were often beclouded by his remarkable success as a performer. One of those whose admiration for Walton the composer is as earnest ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Michael Kocour

Read "Take Five with Michael Kocour" reviewed by Michael Kocour

Meet Michael Kocour:
Michael Kocour is a jazz pianist, organist and composer. He also serves as Director of Jazz Studies in the School of Music at Arizona State University. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “one of the most sophisticated pianists in jazz," Kocour has performed at venues around the world and has been ...

Maria Schneider Orchestra: The Thompson Fields

Read "The Thompson Fields" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

At the time Maria Schneider released Evanescence (Enja, 1994), big band jazz--especially in the US--was overly predictable and indecisively hanging on like ballroom music in a ghost town. Schneider, while embracing the best practices of earlier legendary big band leaders and her mentors, Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer, had added unconventional elements to her own compositions. ...

Maria Schneider Orchestra: The Thompson Fields

Read "The Thompson Fields" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Scomparso Butch Morris, Maria Schneider è da considerare il massimo compositore-orchestratore del jazz contemporaneo.
Ogni suo nuovo disco è un evento e The Thompson Fields lo è in misura maggiore per la lunga gestazione che l'ha caratterizzato. A sette anni di distanza dal celebrato Sky Blue (Artist Share, 2007) Maria presenta nuove composizioni in un ...

Maria Schneider Orchestra: The Thompson Fields

Read "The Thompson Fields" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Composer and band leader Maria Schneider has only a single peer... Carla Bley. Both women are direct descendants of Duke Ellington and the spiritual children of Hector Berlioz. They are not masters of a single instrument, but of collections of instruments and their achievement is realized from directing those instruments in a given direction dictated by ...

Maria Schneider Orchestra: The Thompson Fields

Read "The Thompson Fields" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There's a wealth of information to be found inside the beautiful packaging that accompanies this release, but a brief Theodore Roosevelt quote may be the most telling piece of text to be found there. It reads: “There is nothing more practical in the end than the preservation of beauty, than the preservation of anything that appeals ...