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Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Five

Read "Chapter Five" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Chapter Five is the fifth recording by Paul Tynan / Aaron Lington's Bicoastal Collective, which derives its name from the fact that trumpeter Tynan lives in Nova Scotia, saxophonist Lington in San Jose, CA. What sets this CD apart from the others is that the Collective has morphed from a smaller version to a full-fledged eighteen- ...

Take Five with Josh Hanlon

Read "Take Five with Josh Hanlon" reviewed by Josh Hanlon

About Josh Hanlon
Josh Hanlon's love of music has spanned five continents. He has played piano with luminaries of country music, musical theatre and film, and almost every other genre, but he is first and foremost driven by a love of jazz. He has two albums to his credit as a leader and several ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Kris Berg & the Metroplexity Big Band / Michael Treni Big Band / Millennium Jazz Orchestra

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Kris Berg & the Metroplexity Big Band

This Time / Last Year

MAMA Records

2012

Until now, bassist / educator Kris Berg, who oversees the Jazz Studies program at Collin College near Dallas, TX, has been widely known and respected as someone who writes and arranges songs for others to play. ...

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Kris Berg & The Metroplexity Big Band: This Time / Last Year

Read "This Time / Last Year" reviewed by Edward Blanco

As Director of Jazz Studies at Collin College near Dallas, TX, award-winning bassist Kris Berg has vast experience teaching the music, directing various ensembles, as well as being founder of the annual Collin Jazz Festival and the Texas All-Star Jazz Camp. However, This Time / Last Year is his first project as bandleader, directing the large, ...

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Take Five With Stockton Helbing

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Meet Stockton Helbing:
I starting playing drums in the sixth grade, while growing up in South Carolina. After high school, I attended the University of North Texas where I played in the well known One O'clock Lab band under the direction of Neil Slater. That opportunity helped open the door to being hired by ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drummer Stockton Helbing releases ambitious, visionary new album

Drummer Stockton Helbing releases ambitious, visionary new album

If drummer Stockton Helbing's new album Battlestations & Escape Plans was a film, it'd be a widescreen epic. In a sense, it already is. This ambitious, visionary work lights up the imagination with the blinding force of an atomic bomb. That is not hyperbole; every track on the record pulses with dazzling arrangements, thumping energy, and ...

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Stockton Helbing: For Nothing Is Secret

Read "For Nothing Is Secret" reviewed by Martin Gladu



Stockton Helbing's stock is rising. In his second solo effort, For Nothing Is Secret, the Texas-based drummer has not only a recording with pizzazz, but the making of an exciting and crowd-pleasing festival touring unit. As the album's title suggests, his music should not remain secret for long. Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson recognized Helbing's talent ...

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Stockton Helbing: For Nothing Is Secret

Read "For Nothing Is Secret" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Stockton Helbing has had quite an education. After graduating from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Ed Soph and was a member of the school's renowned One O'Clock Lab Band, the young drummer completed almost four years of “post-graduate work with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson's dynamic tentet, Big Bop Nouveau, for which he also ...

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Stockton Helbing: Lodestar

Read "Lodestar" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Drummer Stockton Helbing is a South Carolina native who has spent over two years as the percussionist for Maynard Ferguson and has also worked with Joe Lovano, Arturo Sandoval, and Diane Schuur.

The quintet that Helbing has assembled for this debut recording consists of musicians who all attended the jazz school at the University ...