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Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Andrew Rathbun is a Canadian saxophonist who has made a major musical statement here with this collection of suites, two of which are based on the poetry of author Margaret Atwood. Rathbun's writing shows the influence of another Canadian, Kenny Wheeler, in its lush sonority, the frequent gorgeous flugelhorn solos by Tim Hagans and the role ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Andrew Rathbun: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The mingling of jazz music and poetry is not a new concept. It has always been an amiable, yet at times, uncomfortable fit. From a verse standpoint, it is in many ways liberating. While most vocalized lyrics and spoken word forms rely on rhyme to speak to cadence and rhythm, free verse poetry liberates the narrative ...

Andrew Rathbun: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

In a way, the Atwood Suites have been in the works for almost two decades. When Kenny Wheeler approached Toronto native Andrew Rathbun in search for a band in 2001, the former furthermore inquired if the latter would like a composition of his own penning to be performed beside Wheeler's “Suite Time Suite." Consequently, the “Power ...

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Steven Kirby: Illuminations

Read "Illuminations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Illuminations--guitarist Steven Kirby's third album, following Point Of Balance (Challenge Records, 1998) and North Lights (Challenge Records, 2003)--is both true to previous form and highly expansive. Kirby uses elements of the sonic palette(s) that helped to color his earlier work, referencing the probing lyricism of John Abercrombie and the straight-to-the-heart melodic qualities shot through in classic ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Discover The Jazz Innovators Of Tomorrow With "In The Mix"

Discover The Jazz Innovators Of Tomorrow With "In The Mix"

A Free Series of Concerts Showcasing New England Conservatory's Exceptional Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Ensembles 36 One-Hour Concerts Over 12 Evenings at NEC's Pierce Hall Monday, April 1 – Wednesday, May 1 Discover the jazz innovators of tomorrow with In the Mix, 36 free 1-hour concerts, Monday, April 1 — Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at New England Conservatory’s Pierce ...

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Renowned Vocalist And Composer Aubrey Johnson Joins Faculty At NEC

Renowned Vocalist And Composer Aubrey Johnson Joins Faculty At NEC

NEC Grad Johnson To Direct NEC’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble Group to be Featured in Concert on December 12 as part of In the Mix Concert Series New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Department has hired vocalist/composer Aubrey Johnson to join the faculty. Johnson, who has deep ties to NEC, will direct the school’s 6-voice vocal jazz ensemble. A versatile ...

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Discover The Jazz Innovators Of Tomorrow With "In The Mix"

Discover The Jazz Innovators Of Tomorrow With "In The Mix"

A Free Series of Concerts Showcasing New England Conservatory's Exceptional Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Ensembles 35 One-Hour Concerts Over 12 Evenings at NEC's Pierce Hall Tuesday, November 13 – Wednesday, December 12 Discover the jazz innovators of tomorrow with In the Mix, 35 free 1-hour concerts, Tuesday, November 13 through Wednesday, December 12 at New England Conservatory’s Pierce Hall ...

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Jazz At NEC: November & December Highlights

Jazz At NEC: November & December Highlights

November 29 NEC Jazz Orchestra in Rebirth of the Third Stream November 16 Jason Moran Piano Seminar and December 4 Jason Moran Master Class Nov. 13 - Dec. 13 In the Mix, concerts by Jazz Stars of Tomorrow Jazz Composers Workshop Orchestra NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra November 13 - December 13 In the Mix Discover the jazz stars of tomorrow with In ...