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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

David Sanborn: The Curtain Rises on Sanborn Sessions

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Listed alphabetically, as opposed to first, second, and third place, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, and David Sanborn are as good as it gets when discussing the best and most influential alto saxophone players of all-time. Now before you say what about Phil Woods or Kenny Garrett or any number of others, let me qualify that this ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jane Monheit & Clint Holmes At Jazz For All Ages

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Jane Monheit & Clint Holmes with the Christian Tamburr Quartet
Sonesta Oceanfront Resort
Jazz for all ages
Hilton Head Island, SC
October 30-31, 2019

In this centennial Nat “King" Cole year, The Junior Jazz Foundation invited Christian Tamburr to arrange and direct the first night of music. In addition to ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Bob Sheppard: The Clark Kent of Jazz

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An unassuming bespectacled man in his mid-sixties walks on to the stage. In a band with stellar, famous, and maybe flashier musicians, one could be forgiven if they didn't even notice him right away. But as soon as Bob Sheppard presses a saxophone, clarinet, or flute onto his lips, he is super, man! An incredible musician ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation At The Kimmel Center

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Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Perelman Theater
Philadelphia, PA
October 11, 2019

Marcus Roberts is one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, coming up in the 1980s in Wynton Marsalis' band and since then more ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Bob James, David Sanborn, and Marcus Miller: The Lost Tour

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Backing a new record with a live tour is, of course, standard practice. So, a tour in support of Double Vision (Warner Brothers, 1986) would be nothing out of the ordinary. The Bob James and David Sanborn classic, that also features Marcus Miller and Steve Gadd, proved to be visionary in its scope and profound in ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

US Military Service Bands: Histories & Heroes

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US Air Force Airmen of Note The premier jazz ensemble of the US Air Force, the Airmen of Note is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The US Air Force Band. Created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Forces ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz In Marciac 2019

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Jazz In Marciac
Marciac, France
July 30, 2019 to August 4, 2019

How does a remote village in South West France end up hosting an international jazz festival for 42 years? The logistics come later, but the answers to most questions about Jazz in Marciac lie in the superb quality ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Woodstock—Back to the Garden: 50th Anniversary Experience

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First things first. For all but the most committed of fans, knowledge of what transpired, how it transpired and when it transpired at the now-legendary 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Fair has, despite a variety of initial, 25th and 40th Anniversary audio and video releases, been severely limited. As engaging, entertaining and well-constructed as these various ...

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Sena Jazz Laureates at Amersfoort Jazz 2019

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Sena Performers International Jazz Laureates
Rabobank Amersfoort Jazz
Amersfoort, Netherlands
May 23-26, 2019

Immersed in a plethora of already known Western European performers, the Amersfoort Jazz Festival also provides Dutch audiences with multiple stages that nurture and introduce new acts while allowing many relatively younger artists to refine ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Live At Woodstock

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Creedence Clearwater Revival's appearance at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, shortly after midnight on August 16th 1969, wasn't so much a breakthrough as a consolidation of their burgeoning success to that point. The San Francisco Bay Area quartet had already released three albums, the most recent issued earlier that very month in the form of ...