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Five Women (plus Two) – MJ Territo, Laura Campisi, Mari Nobre, Janet Lawson, Dominique Eade, Jocelyn Medina, Katie Thiroux

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MJ Territo
Ladies Day
Jolly Molly Records
2017

Vocalist Mj Territo celebrates all things women on her ambitious and overdue Ladies Day. Territo noted the number of compositions that she loved were written by women. So, taking that fact and assembling an all-women's band, Territo creates the trifecta of celebration. The ...

Lou Caputo Not So Big Band: Uh Oh!

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Uh Oh! is the third recording by multi-instrumentalist Lou Caputo's Not So Big Band, which has been performing in New York City for more than a decade. The band's name epitomizes its relatively spare front line: two trumpets, three saxophones, trombone and tuba. There is, on the other hand, nothing spare about the band's ability to ...

Roberta Piket: One for Marian

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In 1945, as World War II came to an end, Marian McPartland (1918-2013) moved from England to the United Sates with her then husband, trumpeter Jimmy McPartland. She had already achieved some notoriety as a pianist on radio shows and with the USO, and in the U.S., with her husband's encouragement, she found a secure niche ...

Roberta Piket: One For Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland

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A young, unrecorded artist is asked to share her talents, sitting in a chair that had been warmed by Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Brad Mehldau, Mary Lou Williams, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie to name just a few of the legends who graced Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz series. It says a great deal about ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist Roberta Piket's "One For Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland" To Be Released June 10

Pianist Roberta Piket's "One For Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland" To Be Released June 10

Marian McPartland’s creative output as a composer has been quite overshadowed by the late piano legend’s decades-long role as a beloved public radio host. Pianist Roberta Piket aims to help put that right with her new album One for Marian: Celebrating Marian McPartland, to be released by Thirteenth Note Records on June 10. “Roberta Piket is an ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Girl Talk: Saxophonists Nicole Glover and Kirsten Edkins

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The universe of horn players ceased being a “boys club" about thirty years ago. Women have taken commanding roles in both the trumpet (Carol Morgan, Ingrid Jensen, Saskia Laroo) and saxophone (Sharel Cassity, Alisha Pattillo, Nancy Wright, Virginia Mayhew, Pattie Cossentino, Jane Ira Bloom, Claire Daly). Add to these lists two new names, Nicole Glover and ...

Angela Davis: The Art of The Melody

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Saxophonist and All About Jazz contributor Angela Davis has made it official, releasing her debut recording, The Art of The Melody. Davis joins a growing legion of female reeds players that includes Sharel Cassity, Alisha Pattillo, Virginia Mayhew, Claire Daly, and Mercedes Figueras, who are flexing their respective chops in the ravenous particles of digital music.

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

R3: Special Big Band / Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra / Empire Jazz Orchestra

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R3: Special Big Band

R3

Summit Records

2012

The “R3" in this Brazilian-based band's name refers to brothers Rafael, Renato and Roger Rocha who together comprise its heart and soul. The “Special" pertains to just about everything else on this impressive debut album. Indeed, there could be even more “R's" in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Virginia Mayhew: Mary Lou Williams - The Next 100 Years

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Registrato nel dicembre 2010, a cent'anni dalla nascita di Mary Lou Williams, questo concept album di Virginia Mayhew celebra la grande pianista, compositrice e arrangiatrice, forse la più grande del jazz assieme a Carla Bley, Lil Hardin e pochissime altre. La versatile sassofonista (poco nota in Italia ma attiva professionalmente a New York dalla fine degli anni ottanta) ha arrangiato ...

Virginia Mayhew Quartet: Mary Lou Williams: The Next 100 Years

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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth date of pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams, the Virginia Mayhew Quartet pays homage to one of the most unheralded, yet most important jazz figures of all time on Mary Lou Williams--The Next 100 Years. Presenting new arrangements of eight Williams compositions and two original blues charts, Mayhew ...