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Meet Martin McFie

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Super Fan Martin McFie is so into live music he doesn't even have a record collection. These days, McFie, British by birth, calls both South Carolina and Nice, France, home. The frequent-traveling “jazz detective" has made it his business to seek out jazz of all kinds in some of the most unlikely places, especially when he's ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Paul Combs: Dameronia: The Life and Times of Tadd Dameron

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Dameronia: The Life and Times of Tadd Dameron
Paul Combs
264 Pages
ISBN: # 978-0-472-03563-2
The University of Michigan Press
2013

“There is enough ugliness in this world; I'm interested in beauty."--Tadd Dameron

“Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Ted Heath Plays Tadd Dameron

Ted Heath Plays Tadd Dameron

The U.S. had Glenn Miller and Stan Kenton. The U.K. had Ted Heath. Born in 1902, the trombonist played in jazz bands from the 1920s through the mid-1940s, when he formed his own big band on D-Day. Inspired by Miller's Army Air Force Band, with its precision and dramatic moodiness, Heath grew in popularity after the ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question

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Suppose a month goes by, you have a column to publish, but nothing has happened that's worth writing about. What do you do then? Read on, as the question is about to be answered.

A while back there was a discussion at a Stan Kenton web site (Kentonia) about musicians or groups of ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

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

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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 ...

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: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ed Puddick Big Band: Guys and Dolls

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In the hands of the twenty-something bandleader and arranger Ed Puddick and his equally young, London-based seventeen-piece ensemble, Frank Loesser's classic Broadway score joins the ranks of those which have been adapted for big band (Stan Kenton's West Side Story, Les Brown's South Pacific, and Ted Heath's The Sound of Music all come to mind). Puddick's ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

It's Time for the News! But First, a Brief Report from Sick Bay...

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August 2010 has been an interesting month. A few weeks ago I noticed a slight twinge in the right shoulder. The twinge soon became an ache, followed by loss of mobility and muscle tone in the right arm. The pain varies but is always there. As this is being written, I can raise the right arm ...

Resonance Big Band / Sammy Nestico-SWR Big Band / Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra / Alf Clausen Jazz Orchestra

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Resonance Big Band
Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson
Resonance Records
2009

First things first: there will never be another Oscar Peterson. Period. Even so, there are others who come remarkably close to retracing his legendary footsteps. Fellow Canadian Oliver Jones is one, Romanian-born Marian Petrescu another. It is ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ted Heath and His Music: Nice One Ted!

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Here’s a delightful mix of big-band Jazz, dance music and assorted odds and ends from 1948-51, courtesy of Great Britain’s longest-lived and most honored orchestra: Ted Heath and His Music. The album’s twenty-five selections comprise a number of standards from the Great American Songbook, Latin and European melodies, novelty tunes (“Rag Mop,” “Tequila,” “Post Horn Boogie”) ...