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ARTICLE: JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE

University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Jumpin’ at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Umiversity of the Arts “Z" Big Band
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA
September 17, 2017

[This article is a follow-up to the review of the “Z" Band Reception and Kickoff Concert in Philadelphia on September 7. If you want to know a little more about the band, ...

Winston Byrd: Once Upon a Time Right Now

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"Once Upon A Time" usually prefaces a fairy tale, Aesopian fable, or, a Hollywood action movie. While no tale of witches, Princess Brides, or cigar-chomping cowboys, this recording from trumpeter Winston Byrd and his magnificent more-than-seven is an overall right now hoot.

An aural feast where Byrd is Exec Chef, the production delivers superbly-performed ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio at the Kimmel Center

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Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
A String of Pearls
Philadelphia, PA
June 18, 2016

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) was founded a little over two years ago, under the direction of trumpeter Terell Stafford. Featuring some of the finest ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Rick Lawn's Power of Ten at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Power of Ten
Rick Lawn, Musical Director
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
February 4, 2014

The Power of Ten is a cracker-jack ensemble of some of the best Philadelphia-based musicians. Powered by its founder and leader, Rick Lawn, their first and only CD, Earth Tones (Self-produced, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Larry McKenna: From All Sides

Read "From All Sides" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Philadelphian tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna holds what may be, if not a unique distinction, then certainly a rare one of having played with both Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet. In a career spanning six decades he's played with many other leading jazz figures besides but only occasionally has he stepped out as a leader on a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Larry McKenna: From All Sides

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Larry McKenna's tenor saxophone playing is addictive. It's like driving a Maserati: you're probably going to want to take it on the road again and again, because it is so elegant and finely engineered. A product of the late swing band era (he did a turn with Woody Herman), McKenna has kept rigorously on a course ...

Dreambox Media: The Philadelphia Jazz Label

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Any fan of the great American music that is jazz is surely aware that the art form's history depended on the convergence of geography, individual talents, and inspiration. Cities such as jny: New Orleans, jny: Kansas City, jny: Chicago, and New York are synonymous with particular styles of jazz. One often overlooked city is jny: Philadelphia, ...

Kayle Brecher: Spirals And Lines

Read "Spirals And Lines" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Kaylé Brecher's 2012 Spirals and Lines is a brass-rich, dramatic exploration of the vocalist, arranger and composer's various influences, with an understated yet solid political and social leitmotif.

A delightfully original trio interprets singer/songwriter Bob Dylan's “Paths of Victory" as a New Orleans-style marche. Propelled by drummer Erik Johnson's precise and rumbling beats, Brecher delivers ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Bridge presents special Jazz Appreciation Month celebration @ the Collingswood Community Center Thurs. April 5th!

Appearing at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 E. Collings Ave. in Collingswood, NJ (08108) on Thursday, April 5th will be a special edition of “Miller Time" to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, featuring saxophonist Mike Pracher, guitarist Brian Betz, organist Chris Simonini and drummer Jim Miller. One Show: 7:30-9 p.m. Admission: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free ...

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Jazz Bridge presents Miller Time special Jazz Appreciation Month celebration @ the Collingswood Community Center Thurs. April 5th!

Jazz Bridge presents Miller Time special Jazz Appreciation Month celebration @ the Collingswood Community Center Thurs. April 5th!

Appearing at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 E. Collings Ave. in Collingswood, NJ (08108) on Thursday, April 5th will be a special edition of Miller Time to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, featuring saxophonist Mike Pracher, guitarist Brian Betz, organist Chris Simonini and drummer Jim Miller. One Show: 7:30-9 p.m. Admission: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free ...