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ARTICLE: JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE

University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Jumpin’ at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Umiversity of the Arts “Z" Big Band
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA
September 17, 2017

[This article is a follow-up to the review of the “Z" Band Reception and Kickoff Concert in Philadelphia on September 7. If you want to know a little more about the band, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Norman David: The Eleventet - Please Call

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Clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Norman David founded and has been leading Philadelphia's Eleventet for over three decades. After thirty years playing in in and around the city, the band found their recording groove with their first CD, At This Time (Norman David/Coolcraft, 2011). Now, in this new release, they deliver swinging and ear-popping sounds while at ...

Center City Jazz Fest: Five Years Strong

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Center City Jazz Festival
Philadelphia, PA
April 30, 2016

“The Fifth Annual Center City Jazz Festival is officially sold out!" Thus tweeted a spokesperson from @ccjazzfest two days before the start of jny:Philadelphia's annual celebration (most likely its founder, local trombonist Ernest Stuart). I'm not sure if there was any backup plan ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Josh Lawrence Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Josh Lawrence Quintet
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
February 5, 2016

Josh Lawrence is a top-of-the-line, ascending trumpeter/composer/bandleader in Philadelphia and New York who in a few short years has three solo albums under his name, is a member of Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band and is co-founder of ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Working the Rhythm Section: Tom Lawton, Lee Smith, and Dan Monaghan

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As Duke Ellington's standard goes, “It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing." The rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, with guitar and percussion sometimes added) is the core of the typical jazz ensemble. They set the frame for the leader, singer, and soloists and contribute their own solos as well. Even though they ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia: “Comin’ Home” Concert at the Kimmel Center

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Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Verizon Hall
Philadelphia, PA
January 7, 2014

Fresh out of the starting gate, the highly touted Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP), Terell Stafford, Artistic Director, held its first gala concert at a major venue, the Kimmel ...

NEWS: EVENT

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia "Comin' Home" Event at Kimmel Center set for January 7th!

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia "Comin' Home" Event at Kimmel Center set for January 7th!

Terell Stafford, Artistic Director With Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Bill Cosby and more Verizon Hall Tuesday, January 7, 7:30pm The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) is rousing in the new year with its Grand Gala Fund Raising Concert. JOP is dedicated to honoring, presenting and continuing Philadelphia's unparalleled jazz legacy through performance and education. Under the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

The Newly Minted Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia

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The newly minted Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia is an exciting, ambitious project co-founded by renowned trumpeter and Temple University educator Terell Stafford and intrepid jazz supporter Deena Adler, Odean Pope's manager. The Orchestra has already made waves in the Philly jazz community through its two performances in the Courtyard of City Hall, symbolizing its close connection ...

September 2012: Exuberance

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Exuberance
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
September 12, 2012

Amongst the diverse array of working jazz groups encompassing the Philadelphia jazz scene, Exuberance--a band which performs a book of entirely original music--has emerged as a popular interest amongst musicians and non-musicians alike. By combining thoughtful writing with an intricate ...

July 2012: Mike Cemprola Quintet

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Mike Cemprola Quintet

Jose Pistola's

Philadelphia, PA

July 30, 2012

For his debut as a leader, alto saxophonist Mike Cemprola led a quintet comprised of some of Philadelphia's most in-demand musicians and up-and-coming sidemen for his show at Jose Pistola's on July 30.

The band's unique lineup allowed each tune to ...