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Dave Tull: texting and driving

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Wallflower. The word has zero application to describe jazz drummer, vocalist and composer/arranger/producer, Dave Tull. He's more like a Venus Fly-Trap of talent, devouring all those activities and offering a keen eye for life's surrealities. He demos all on his second CD, texting and driving. It might just be what's needed for a long, endless drive ...


Accent: In This Together

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The a capella and instrument-accompanied jazz vocal ensemble format has a robust presence in the genre's history. Vocal groups such as The Four Freshmen, The Hi-Los, The Swingle Singers, Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, and the L.A. and New York Voices and others all added wonderful material to the canon (and also significantly influenced Pop genre groups ...


Maynard Ferguson: Memories of Maynard

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With the possible exceptions of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker--both of whose playing influenced the entire genre of jazz--no other jazz performer has had the purely imitative effect on an entire instrument's universe of players than Maynard Ferguson. Ferguson's unique abilities as a trumpet player and individual inspire trumpeters young and old to this day. His ...


Bob Wagner: Toot Suite

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There have been many composers on both sides of the classical-jazz continuum who have attempted to blend those genres. Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Darius Milhaud, Duke Ellington, Lalo Schifrin, Jorge Calandrelli, and others have explored the parallels and differences.

In 1980, French jazz pianist/composer, Claude Bolling composed “Toot Suite" for the great French ...


Louise Baranger: Louise Baranger Plays The Great American Songbook

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The Pop Art and 60s-ish graphics cover of this fun CD might give one an impression that Louise Baranger Plays the Great American Groove Book is a party record or perhaps one mis-shelved from the Oldies Bin at now-defunct Tower Records. Sorry.

Framed here by a group of New York Studio A-Listers and ...


Joel A. Martin and Sharon Clark: Intimate Ella - A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

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Superior vocalist-pianist duo recordings provide listeners marvelous opportunities to encounter and explore artistic subtleties and nuances that can be lost when hearing larger ensemble formats. In a duo format, singer and keyboardist engage in a delicate, yet tightrope-walking tango in which respective toes must be on and ears zoned in bat-like.

With Intimate ...


Never Say No to a Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More

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Never Say No to a Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More
Glenn Berger
4569 (Kindle) Pages
ISBN: # 9781943156108
e: Schaffner Press

“Never Say No to a Rock Star" is Glen Berger's lively account of his experiences participating in the production of ...


Tyler Mire Big Band: #Office for the Day

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Social Media has spewed forth a cornucopia of emoticons, symbols, and catchphrases that have Twittered their way into Webster's. The title of trumpeter/composer/arranger Tyler Mire's (pronounced “Meer") latest effort -"#Office for the Day" -is one example of a phrase that's particularly loved by musicians. However, there's nothing common or over-washed out about this latest fine effort ...


Gunhild Carling: Sweden's Incredible Talent

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Sweden's Gunhild Carling is truly a musical experience to behold. The talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist is an Internet sensation and a marvelous throwback to the days of the Classic Entertainers of the '20s and '30s.

All About Jazz: Tell me briefly where were you born.

Gunhild Carling: I was born in Gothenburg ...


Arturo Sandoval at the Blue Note

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Arturo Sandoval
The Blue Note
New York, NY
October 28, 2017

The Halloween Party crowd was out in full regalia in the Village last night, but, the real action was at Arturo Sandoval's first show at the Blue Note. The 10-time Grammy®-winning Maestro was in top form as he and his ...