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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andy Fusco: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Vortex, Andy Fusco's fourth release on the SteepleChase imprint in as many years, is cause for celebration. Until recently, recordings by the veteran alto saxophonist as a leader have been few and far between. The date reunites Fusco with tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, who composed four of the selections and arranged nine of the ten tracks. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

New York Japanese Jazz Festival 2019

Read "New York Japanese Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Peter Jurew

New York Japanese Jazz Festival Smoke Jazz & Supper Club New York, NY June 25-27, 2019 The Japanese people's love for jazz, rock, blues and other forms of music with African-American roots has been well established for decades. Working bands and musicians at all levels of fame regularly make the Land ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Read "50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

50 Years at the Village Vanguard: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Dave Lisik and Eric Allen 316 Pages ISBN: #9780692808580 SkyDeck 2017 During the heydays of the big bands, people swooned and jitterbugged to the swinging sounds of these large ensembles. Names like Count Basie, ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Jazz Education: The Next Generation, Part 2

Read "Jazz Education: The Next Generation, Part 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 of Jazz Education: The Next Generation explored how the early days of music and--specifically--jazz music was approached through various channels of formal education. The long, arduous process of creating an accepting environment for jazz education necessitated moving the art form from a vaudevillian status through a firewall of academic elitism and prejudice to a ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

John Pizzarelli Soars at Birdland

Read "John Pizzarelli Soars at Birdland" reviewed by Nick Catalano

Wowing a late night crowd of worshipful fans at a packed Birdland, John Pizzarelli showcased his guitar mastery, vocal excitement, and hilarious patter this past Saturday night. Accompanied by his Swing Seven band of jazz all-stars, the scion of the famed New Jersey Pizzarelli clan (guitarist father Bucky will celebrate his 90th birthday this week at ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

U.S. Jazz From Denmark: Six Recent SteepleChase Releases

Read "U.S. Jazz From Denmark: Six Recent SteepleChase Releases" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The opportunity to listen to six recently released discs on the venerable SteepleChase label (and the SteepleChase LookOut branch) is a little like reading an anthology of short stories by distinguished authors from a particular year or period. You get a hearty helping of vital, mature voices, most of whom operate somewhere in the jazz mainstream, ...

Dick Oatts / Mats Holmquist New York Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Herbie +1

Read "A Tribute to Herbie +1" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A Tribute to Herbie +1 is Swedish-born composer / arranger Mats Holmquist's third “tribute" album, following well-received salutes to Chick Corea (2003) and Wayne Shorter (2012). For his encomium to pianist / composer Herbie Hancock, Holmquist called upon two of New York City's most respected sidemen, alto saxophonist Dick Oatts and trombonist John Mosca, known and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chris Smith: At The Intersection Of Scholarship, Performance and Pedagogy

Read "Chris Smith: At The Intersection Of Scholarship, Performance and Pedagogy" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

In the introduction to his book Jazz Matters (University Of California Press, 2010), David Ake writes about bringing “together the practical side of making jazz, the pedagogical side of teaching it, and the academic side of writing about it." (p. 12) “Nothing but good," Ake adds, “can come if we increase the numbers of scholars who ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eyal Vilner Big Band: Almost Sunrise

Read "Almost Sunrise" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suddenly, it seems, the state of Israel has become a focal point and incubator for contemporary jazz. A new wave of world-class musicians led by the three Cohens (not to be confused with Broadway's three Cohans) has crossed the ocean to plant the Israeli flag firmly in the midst of what was once considered an unassailable ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The View From The Back Of The Band: The Life And Music Of Mel Lewis

Read "The View From The Back Of The Band: The Life And Music Of Mel Lewis" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The View From The Back Of The Band: The Life And Music Of Mel Lewis Chris Smith 399 pages ISBN: #978-1-57441-574-2 University Of North Texas Press 2014 “Good drummers were a rarity and that's all there was to it. There's no ego problem involved, it's just there weren't ...


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