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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Washut Dodectet: Journey to Knowhere

Read "Journey to Knowhere" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even as experience is often the best teacher, so it is that the teacher often has the most useful experience. Bob Washut, who has been a teacher for roughly four decades, brings that experience and more to bear on Journey to Knowhere, preparing an ambrosial banquet for his twelve-member Dodectet whose main course consists of seven ...

NEWS: EVENT

Underground Legend Richi James Debonis (a.k.a. Richi Van Zeppelin) Brings His Nowtet To Denver's Dazzlejazz Club, Thursday, July 11

Virtuoso drummer, composer, arranger, vocalist and underground legend Richard James DeBonis — a.k.a. Richi Van Zeppelin — brings his incomparable NOWtet for a very rare appearance to Denver's DazzleJazz Club on Thursday, July 11, 2013. The group will perform Richi's own compositions, along with his remarkably varied, accomplished arrangements of classic Led Zeppelin songs for contemporary acoustic jazz ensemble. Captured on the ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?

Read "Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Betty and I returned to Albuquerque on Memorial Day after attending Swingin' on a Riff, the latest in a series of marvelous semi-annual events presented by Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute for more than twenty years at venues in and around L.A. This one was held May 23-26 at the Los Angeles Marriott ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Dave Brubeck: Small Groups, Large Stature

Read "Dave Brubeck: Small Groups, Large Stature" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Dave Brubeck wasn't really a big-band kinda guy; in fact, he was seldom seen in groups larger than four or five. On the other hand, he was an extraordinary musician, one whose influence will no doubt be felt for generations to come. Brubeck, who remained active almost to the end of his life, died December 5 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fred Hess Big Band: Speak

Read "Speak" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

In the liner notes to Speak, saxophonist/band leader Fred Hess makes an important point: although the golden era of traveling big bands is long past, the big band format lives on in school ensembles, as well as through individuals such as himself, whose love for this format plows right through all the logistical difficulties. Anyone seeking ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Speak" - New Fred Hess Big Band Album

"Speak" - New Fred Hess Big Band Album

SAXOPHONIST/COMPOSER FRED HESS RELEASES 3rd BIG BAND CD AS A LEADER: “SPEAK” (ALISON RECORDS 117), ON AUGUST 6th Big Band features John Fedchock, Ron Miles, John Gunther, Marc Sabatella, Peter Sommer, and Matt Wilson. “Highly original! Jazz entertainment at its best! This is an excellent CD collection of what contemporary big band music is doing, and its incredibly imaginative —Lee Prosser, JazzReview.com “All ...


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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman

Read "Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

[Editor's note: Last month, All About Jazz contributor Florence Wetzel conducted a two-hour interview with Ron Miles. The result is the most extensive interview piece ever written about the Colorado-based trumpeter. Part 1 covers his early years and education; Parts 2 and 3, bringing Miles up to ...

George Stone / Fred Hess Big Band / Jamie Begian Big Band

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George Stone

The Real Deal

Self Published

2010

Every once in a while the stars align, the wheel of fortune spins precisely and listeners are the happy recipients of a big band album that is remarkably engaging and spectacular from start to finish; in other words, The Real Deal. This ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fred Hess Big Band: Into the Open

Read "Into the Open" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Denver, Colorado-based tenor saxophonist/bandleader Fred Hess isn't one to sit around and wait for the muse to pay a visit. He boasts fifteen CDs as a leader, cranking one out every year now for better than a decade. His profile rose on the surge of a set of small group outings, beginning with Crossed Paths (Tapestry, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Dani Felber Big Band / Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra / Jazz Composer's Workshop Orchestra

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Dani Felber Big Band

More Than Just Friends

Self Published

2010

Before hazarding any premature comment about the merits of this new album by Swiss bandleader Dani Felber, it must be noted at the outset that one of Felber's good friends is former Count Basie stalwart Frank Foster whose even-handed ...