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Bill Warfield: For Lew

Read "For Lew" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “Lew" referred to on Renaissance man Bill Warfield's latest big-band album, For Lew, is the late trumpeter Lew Soloff, whom Warfield remembers in the liner notes as “my mentor, colleague, friend and inspiration." The inspiration arrived when the teen-age Warfield, who had switched from trumpet to piano after losing his front teeth in an auto ...

Andrew Gould: First Things First

Read "First Things First" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There are many realities to the jazz scene in New York. If you check out the marquee listings at the swankiest clubs, you'll see certain names pop up again and again for a short run here or there. These men and women are most certainly an important part of the mix and draw, having paid their ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Trumpeter/Composer/Arranger/Big Band Leader Bill Warfield Pays Tribute To His Late Mentor, Colleague, & Friend, Trumpeter Lew Soloff," On "For Lew," Due Out March 9

Trumpeter/Composer/Arranger/Big Band Leader Bill Warfield Pays Tribute To His Late Mentor, Colleague, & Friend, Trumpeter Lew Soloff," On "For Lew," Due Out March 9

Bill Warfield’s career as a trumpeter was launched the moment he heard Lew Soloff’s immortal solo on the Blood, Sweat & Tears hit “Spinning Wheel.” “It just completely knocked me out,” says Warfield, who was 18 at the time and gigging as a pianist, having given up hope of earning a living as a horn player ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Scobar Presents Bill Warfield And The Hell's Kitchen Jazz Orchestra Featuring Nicole Henry

Scobar Presents Bill Warfield And The Hell's Kitchen Jazz Orchestra Featuring Nicole Henry

ScoBar Entertainment presents Bill Warfield and Nicole Henry, at the Iridium Jazz Club on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016. These two talented artist join forces to present an exciting evening of jazz/funk arrangements, written by Bill, exclusively for this special union of music. Come and groove to the soul stirring sounds of Warfield and Henry! Bill Warfield, since his ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Randy Brecker: Hittin' It with "RandyPOP!"

Read "Randy Brecker:  Hittin' It with "RandyPOP!"" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

In his 62 years playing music--starting trumpet at eight years old--Randy Brecker has played all kinds of music, but for many years now, he's mostly been known as a solid, top-flight, first-call jazz player, a modern post-bop soloist and bandleader who carries around his old '70s fusion-funk Brecker Brothers fame in his back pocket. So, with ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Trumpeter Bill Warfield And His Big Band Set To Perform In Support Of Release, "Trumpet Story" - 9/24 At Iridium Jazz Club Performance Featuring Legendary Trumpeter Randy Brecker

Trumpeter Bill Warfield And His Big Band Set To Perform In Support Of Release, "Trumpet Story" - 9/24 At Iridium Jazz Club Performance Featuring Legendary Trumpeter Randy Brecker

Randy Brecker / trumpet
Bill Warfield / composer, arranger, conductor
Mike Migliorem, Mark Phaneuf, Dave Riekenberg, Matt Hong / reeds
Jon Owens, Glenn Drewes, Bud Burridge, Colin Brigstocke / trumpets
Charley Gordon, Sam Burtis, Joe Randazzo / trombones
Mike Eckroth / piano
Gene Perla / ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bill Warfield Big Band: Trumpet Story

Read "Trumpet Story" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Trumpeters Bill Warfield and Randy Brecker have been friends for twenty years; it's high time they joined forces in a recording studio and began making beautiful music together. On Trumpet Story, Warfield's big-band homage to trumpeters and other musicians who have influenced him through the years, six-time Grammy Award winner Brecker solos on eight of ten ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bill Warfield Pays Homage To Influential Trumpeters And Composers On "Trumpet Story", Featuring Randy Brecker

Bill Warfield Pays Homage To Influential Trumpeters And Composers On "Trumpet Story", Featuring Randy Brecker

Trumpeter, composer, arranger, and long-established educator Bill Warfield's new recording, Trumpet Story, leads to an inescapable conclusion: the ears of America's youth may be in better shape than feared. True to its title, the album offers a story - one part autobiography, one part history, and one part character study, portraying one of the great trumpet players of our time ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge / Swiss Jazz Orchestra / The Aggregation

Read "Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge / Swiss Jazz Orchestra / The Aggregation" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge
The Comet's Tail
MAMA Records
2009

On The Comet's Tail, Chuck Owen's superb Florida-based Jazz Surge performs the compositions--yes, compositions--of the late great tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker. As Owen writes in the liner notes, “[Michael's] blinding brilliance as a performer / improviser...may ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Russ Spiegel Jazz Orchestra: Transplants

Read "Transplants" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran jazz guitarist Russ Spiegel has always had an affinity for big band music, from his days of performing with the European-based Landes Jugend Jazz Orchester Hessen, The Bill Warfield Big Band, and his own Russ Spiegel Big Band, comprised of top German and international musicians. He continues his love affair of progressive ensemble music on ...