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NEWS: OBITUARY

Patrick Williams Is Gone

Patrick Williams Is Gone

Sorry to learn that composer, arranger and bandleader Patrick Williams died yesterday at 79. Prolific in his work for motion pictures and television, Williams was sometimes taken for granted—but never by fellow members of the arranging fraternity or by the musicians who took part in recordings of his ingenious, often demanding, arrangements. Frank Sinatra chose Williams ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Never Say No to a Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More

Read "Never Say No to a Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Never Say No to a Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More
Glenn Berger
4569 (Kindle) Pages
ISBN: # 9781943156108
e: Schaffner Press
2016

“Never Say No to a Rock Star" is Glen Berger's lively account of his experiences participating in the production of ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Grammy Winners 2016 - The Jazz List

Grammy Winners 2016 - The Jazz List

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards have named their jazz list of 2016 Grammy winners. Improvised Jazz Solo WINNER: “Cherokee," Christian McBride "Giant Steps," Joey Alexander
"Arbiters if Evolution," Donny McCaslin
"Friend or Foe," Joshua Redman
"Past Present," John Scofield Jazz Vocal Album WINNER: For One to Love, Cécile McLorin Salvant Many a New Day: Karrin ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Grammy Nominees 2016 - The Jazz List

Grammy Nominees 2016 - The Jazz List

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards have named their jazz list of 2016 Grammy nominees.  And the nominees are... Improvised Jazz Solo "Giant Steps," Joey Alexander
"Cherokee," Christian McBride
"Arbiters if Evolution," Donny McCaslin
"Friend or Foe," Joshua Redman
"Past Present," John Scofield Jazz Vocal Album Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Patrick Williams: Home Suite Home

Read "Home Suite Home" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Composer, arranger and band leader Patrick Williams leads some of the finest jazz musicians in L.A. on another exciting portrait of big band swing on Home Suite Home, an album that's far more personal than all of his previous works. Documenting a personal homage to his family and his first musical love, Williams pays tribute to ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Leonard Maltin As Master Of Ceremonies Musicians At Play Foundation June 13 2015

Leonard Maltin As Master Of Ceremonies Musicians At Play Foundation June 13 2015

“Musicians at Play” Foundation debuts with first concert “The Vintage Masters of Swing” will headline The Broad Stage June 13th with composers—Alexander, Carmichael, Holman, Nestico, Sherman and Williams with Leonard Maltin as Master of Ceremonies Musicians at Play a 501 (c) 3 non-profit foundation dedicated to the enrichment of local communities' quality of life through a variety of music performances and fine ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

ArtistShare: A Record Label for the Digital Age

Read "ArtistShare: A Record Label for the Digital Age" reviewed by Paul Naser

In the information age, as technology is transforming the way we share ideas, the creative artist seems to be in a dangerous situation. Peer-to-peer file sharing and free-streaming content are direct threats to an artists' livelihood. Combining this insight with a love for music and an appreciation for artists and the value of their work, Brian ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bobby Lyle: The Way I Feel

Read "The Way I Feel" reviewed by Chris Becker

Pianist and composer Bobby Lyle's first encounter with the great Hammond B-3 player Jimmy Smith was in a Minneapolis nightclub called Big Al's, where the then-teenaged Lyle performed as the “local talent" on the downstairs stage. Upstairs, Smith was playing as the headliner and Lyle, after finishing his set as quickly as possible, raced upstairs to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Handpicked Is Grammy-winning Master Guitarist Earl Klugh's Most Personal And Profound Recording To Date

Handpicked Is Grammy-winning Master Guitarist Earl Klugh's Most Personal And Profound Recording To Date

July 30, 2013 Solo/duo Release Features Special Guests Vince Gill, Bill Frisell And Jake Shimabukuro In 1976, the Detroit-born guitarist Earl Klugh—a self-taught virtuoso whose broad influences included Bill Evans, Burt Bacharach, Laurindo Almeida and the great country guitarist {{Chet Atkins—burst on the scene with his self-titled debut album, which easily crossed beyond the categories of jazz, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

R3: Special Big Band / Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra / Empire Jazz Orchestra

Read "R3: Special Big Band / Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra / Empire Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

R3: Special Big Band

R3

Summit Records

2012

The “R3" in this Brazilian-based band's name refers to brothers Rafael, Renato and Roger Rocha who together comprise its heart and soul. The “Special" pertains to just about everything else on this impressive debut album. Indeed, there could be even more “R's" in ...