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The Hoppin' John Orchestra: The Hoppin' John Orchestra

Read "The Hoppin' John Orchestra" reviewed by Wade Luquet

Bands outside of New Orleans who claim to play New Orleans style are generally like cooks outside the city that claim to cook its cuisine--it's a noble attempt and tastes good, but they often do not quite get it. There always seems to be one ingredient missing. The Philadelphia-based Hoppin' John Orchestra gets it. This sixteen ...


Take Five With Mike Lorenz

Read "Take Five With Mike Lorenz" reviewed by Mike Lorenz

Meet Mike Lorenz: Mike Lorenz, guitarist/ composer/ educator, hails from Bethlehem, PA where he is a member of the music faculty at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts. For over a decade, Mike has kept a busy schedule as a freelancing performer, leading his trio/quartet in performances up-and-down the Northeast Corridor. He holds ...


Guitarist Mike Lorenz's "Of the Woods" Available Now!

Guitarist Mike Lorenz's "Of the Woods" Available Now!

Philadelphia guitarist Mike Lorenz has released his debut full-length CD, Of the Woods, available now on iTunes, CDBaby and BandCamp. Of the Woods highlights seven of Lorenz's original compositions performed in quartet and quintet setting and featuring pianist Matt Mitchell, alto saxophonist Mike Cemprola, bassist Brian Howell and drummer Matt Scarano. A CD release show is scheduled for Friday, ...


The Tony Gairo-Gary Rissmiller Jazz Orchestra: Treacherous

Read "Treacherous" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A working big band performing Tuesday nights at the Indulge Restaurant and Night Club in Allentown, Pennsylvania since 2003, the Tony Gairo-Gary Rissmiller Jazz Orchestra debuts with this album sculpted in the finest big band jazz tradition. Led by saxophonist Tony Gairo and drummer Gary Rissmiller, this sixteen-piece ensemble of local players lays down eight tracks ...