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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Stars on the Horizon

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Even before Groovin' Hard, the Los Angeles Jazz Institute's latest foray into the world of contemporary jazz, kicked off its four-day run (October 11-14) at the Marriott LAX Hotel, a letter arrived from LAJI director Ken Poston announcing details of next May's extravaganza, also at the Marriott. The theme is Big Band Spectacular, and the bands ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Tommy Vig Celebrating The Release Of "Welcome To Hungary!"

Tommy Vig Celebrating The Release Of  "Welcome To Hungary!"

Brand New CD by Tommy Vig: Welcome to Hungary! The Tommy Vig Orchestra 2012 Featuring David Murray Tommy Vig (2011) Klasszikus Jazz Label, Budapest Upcoming Performances Budapest, Hungary
Tommy Vig 74th Birthday Concert
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 7:00PM
Jazz Cafe - Restaurant
Ráday utca 19
Phone: (36 1) 299 0694 Gyula, Hungary

Stan Kenton-UW Eau Claire / Kirk MacDonald Orchestra / Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

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Stan Kenton Orchestra/UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble 1

Double Feature, Vol. 3

Tantara Productions

2012

Volume 3 in Tantara's ongoing two-CD series of Double Features, encompassing heretofore unissued music by the Stan Kenton Orchestra and guests, covers parts of five Kenton concerts spanning the years 1971-77 on Disc 1, and presents ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tommy Vig: Welcome to Hungary

Read "Welcome to Hungary" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Although not as well-known in the US as his compatriots Attila Zoller and Gábor Szabó, percussionist Tommy Vig is every bit as talented as the two guitarists with a unique vision and unrelenting quest for perfection.

Born in Budapest, Vig was a child prodigy, having recorded on drums at the tender age of ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Tommy Vig

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Meet Tommy Vig:
Born to a musical family in Budapest, Tommy Vig was internationally recognized as a child prodigy by the age of six, playing drums with his father, clarinetist Gyorgy Vig. His sense of improvisation, rhythm and energy at that young age made him unique, and he performed live concerts on radio, at ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tommy Vig: Welcome to Hungary!

Read "Welcome to Hungary!" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Vibraphonist Tommy Vig has had an interesting career. Born in Budapest, he played the drums when he was six and recorded his first album two years later. Music was his passion, but the political landscape in Hungary was to cast a shadow on his days as a jazz musician. Jazz was banned in 1949, and Vig ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Gold Medalists Abound at Big Band Olympics

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As this is being written, Betty and I are just back from a ten-day visit to California, the first six days of which would be of absolutely no interest to readers of this column. The last four, however, were spent at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel attending the L.A. Jazz Institute's “Big Band Olympics," which ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Are You Sure, Bobby?

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In late March, I received an e-mail from trumpeter Bobby Shew. He said he'd performed a gig in West Palm Beach, FL, and had met my brothers, whom he described as “nice guys." My first impulse was to write back and ask if he could have been mistaken. My brothers? Nice guys? Well, the fact is ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

A Memorable Evening with Andy Martin

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After several months of inactivity, big-band jazz in Albuquerque sprang vibrantly to life for one memorable evening February 19 as Andy Martin, one of the world's most accomplished trombonists, flew in from Los Angeles to team with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra for an electrifying concert at the Eldorado High School Performing Arts Center, crowning the city's ...

Lajos Dudas: 50 Years With Jazzclarinet - The Best Of Lajos Dudas

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Lajos Dudas

50 Years With Jazzclarinet: The Best Of Lajos Dudas

Jazz Sick Records

2011

The clarinet is one of the most important instruments in the foundation of jazz. But it lost its luster after Benny Goodman fell out of popularity in the 1950s. After 1960, the few of the ...