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Jan Randall

Classical, jazz, blues, and pop music have all been part of Jan’s life since he began playing by ear at the age of three. His education includes a degree in Theory and Composition from the University of Alberta, advanced courses in theory and orchestration, and jazz studies at Grant MacEwan and North Texas State University. Mr. Randall’s classical works include A Midsummer Night’s Ice Dream (1991) which is possibly the first ballet composed for figure skaters. CREDITS With over 800 film and television credits for CBC, NFB, the Discovery Channel and ACCESS TV, in 2001 he was Composer and Music Director for the IAFF World Championships Ceremonies that was broadcast to an estimated live audience of 4 billion people and featured original works performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a 1000 voice choir


Canadian Jazz Singer Edie Daponte Releases Second Studio Album "Young At Heart"

Canadian Jazz Singer Edie Daponte Releases Second Studio Album "Young At Heart"

After 2012’s Love Bossa, a latin-styled collection sung mainly in Brazilian Portuguese, Edie Daponte returns this year with Young at Heart, her second studio album. A collection of Edie’s own original material alongside some of her and her fans' favourite standards, this new album showcases the strength of Edie’s beautiful and versatile voice. Young at Heart ...


Dick Hyman & Ken Peplowski: ...Live At The Kitano

Read "...Live At The Kitano" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If musical knowledge and taste were currency, pianist Dick Hyman and clarinetist Ken Peplowski would be two of the wealthiest men around. Hyman, an octogenarian legend with killer technique and near-unparalleled knowledge about virtually every style of jazz, and Peplowski, the witty woodwind wonder who stands tall as one of the clarinet kingpins on the scene ...


Jim Manley: Brass Poison Too

Read "Brass Poison Too" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Trumpet players who dwell in the altissimo range of the instrument face multiple dilemmas: they must maneuver the purely physical demands of playing in that extreme register (challenging), perform impeccably (difficult) and display musical grace and ease in doing so (incredibly difficult). Complicating matters, there are always the ghosts of Maynard Ferguson, Bill Chase and others ...


Jim Manley: Brass Poison

Read "Brass Poison" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Mythology and its partners--history and literature--are replete with accounts of poisonings of all kinds; romantic, political, and those unfortunately accidental. Most of these tales culminate with unhappy, tragic endings. Someone usually “gets it" in the end.

With Brass Poison, star trumpeter Jim Manley shrewdly plays title tongue-in-cheek, and delivers a supremely enjoyable and ...


Larry Johnson: Circles

Read "Circles" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Circles are infinitely symbolic in their geometric design and interpretation--no beginning and no end, directionally ambiguous, enclosing an extended infinite inner dimensional space. In Circles, his first CD as a leader, tenor saxophonist Larry Johnson steps up to deliver a dozen fine selections displaying that he's definitely no musical square. He sounds as if he knows ...


Jim Manley: Eight

Read "Eight" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

St. Louis has generously given the music world some of its all-time great jazz musicians (OK, and great ballplayers too!)--from Miles Davis, and Clark “Mumbles" Terry to two Olivers (Nelson and Lake), and many others. It could be said that the city gave these stars lovingly. With Eight, the jazz world gets yet another gift from ...


Dick Hyman/Chris Hopkins: Teddy Wilson in 4 Hands

Read "Teddy Wilson in 4 Hands" reviewed by Graham L. Flanagan

We have yet to reach the halfway point in 2008, but a top contender for Best Jazz Piano Album of the Year has already emerged. Jazz institution Dick Hyman and Chris Hopkins celebrate the legendary Teddy Wilson with this duet release, recorded in late 2006.

The release contains seventeen selections, most of which are ...


Jim Manley: Splendor in the Brass 2

Read "Splendor in the Brass 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's not often that a sequel matches the prototype on which it was based, and even less likely that a followup may actually surpass that forerunner. But here we have one of those rare cases, wherein trumpeter Jim Manley's Splendor in the Brass 2 easily outdistances its namesake and role model (which was pretty good, by ...