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Introducing Paul Nedzela... Jazz At Lincoln Center Baritone Saxophonist Steps Out with July 12 Release

Introducing Paul Nedzela... Jazz At Lincoln Center Baritone Saxophonist Steps Out with July 12 Release

Introducing Paul Nedzela featuring Dan Nimmer, David Wong and Aaron Kimmel (Outside In Music Records). Introducing... is Paul Nedzela's debut album showcasing his unique sound and take on some jazz standards as well as several originals. Paul has established himself on the stage as one of the leading musicians on his instrument. This album is his first ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: OverTime: Music Of Bob Brookmeyer

Read "The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: OverTime: Music Of Bob Brookmeyer" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer extraordinaire Mel Lewis may have given birth to the band that's now known as The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, but the late Bob Brookmeyer gave the group artistic independence at a time when it was sorely needed.

When Jones left the fold and departed for Europe at the tail ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: Forever Lasting - Live in Tokyo

Read "Forever Lasting - Live in Tokyo" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra, the New York big band founded in 1966, loved to tour Japan resulting in its popular 1974 release of Live In Tokyo (Denon). Continuing the tradition of playing Monday nights at New York's Village Vanguard, as well as performing in Japan, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra--as the Thad Jones / ...

Walt Weiskopf: Walt Weiskopf: Quartet Live

Read "Walt Weiskopf: Quartet Live" reviewed by Doron Orenstein

Besides being the tenor man onstage with Steely Dan, Walt Weiskopf is first and foremost a prolific solo artist. With over 15 critically acclaimed recordings as a leader, Walt is not one to rest on laurels collected over the course of years, playing alongside legends such as Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and The Vanguard ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Summer Program in Italy

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Summer Program in Italy

THE VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA SUMMER INTENSIVE WORKSHOP/PERFORMANCE PROGRAM IN ASSISI, ITALY FOR STUDENTS, MUSICIANS AND EDUCATORS The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra will be setting up residence in the hills of Assisi this summer from July 10 through July 15 The orchestras summer home will be open to students, musicians and educators from all over the world and will feature a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New CD from the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

New CD from the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra's new CD Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard On Planet Arts Recordings AVAILABLE NOW AT: PlanetArts.org and vanguardjazzorchestra.com

One of the most enduring jazz ensembles in the history of the art form continues to contribute to the jazz canon and advance the language of music.

Over four decades after the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: Can I Persuade You?

Read "Can I Persuade You?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The title song on the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra's latest album was written by the late Julie Cavadini whose untimely passing at age thirty--one in 1988 deprived the Jazz world of one of its more promising big--band composers. Cavadini, to whose memory the album is dedicated, also wrote the lovely and harmonically radiant “Simple Wish," another of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: Thad Jones Legacy

Read "Thad Jones Legacy" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The “Vanguard Jazz Orchestra” performs eight compositions by the late trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader Thad Jones on Thad Jones Legacy. With this recording the “VJO” utilize Jones’ original arrangements while the opener “A-That’s Freedom” composed by Thad’s equally heralded brother, pianist Hank Jones is befitting of the Basie school. Here, pianist Jim McNeely commences with ...