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ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Bird's Trumpets

Read "Bird's Trumpets" reviewed by Matt Lavelle

Looking closely at all the trumpet players that played with Thelonious Monk in a piece I wrote in March 2018, I decided to continue the focus, and explore the trumpet players that played with Charlie Parker. As challenging as the trumpet is to play, playing Bebop raised the technical bar. Playing with Charlie Parker at fast ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kurt Jarnberg: Down Memory Lane, Vols 3 and 4

Read "Down Memory Lane, Vols 3 and 4" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For some of us, Memory Lane is much longer and far more crowded than it once was. Be that as it may, any trip there remains a pleasurable experience, more so when the guide is Swedish trombonist / trumpeter Kurt Jarnberg who employs his quartet, quintet, big band and a host of talented guest artists to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Rolf Ericson & American Stars

Rolf Ericson & American Stars

If you check the personnel of Charlie Barnet's band in 1949—the killer one with arrangements by Bobby Sherwood, Manny Albam, Pete Rugolo, Gil Fuller, Dave Matthews and Johnny Richards—you'll find a guy named Rolf Ericson in the trumpet section. Ericson sat next to horn players such as Maynard Ferguson, Lammar Wright, Doc Severinsen, Ray Wetzel and ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Stan Kenton-NOVA Jazz Orchestra / Baker's Dozen Big Band / Danny D'Imperio and the Bloviators

Read "Stan Kenton-NOVA Jazz Orchestra / Baker's Dozen Big Band / Danny D'Imperio and the Bloviators" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Stan Kenton Orchestra / NOVA Jazz Orchestra

Double Feature, Vol. 2

Tantara Productions

2012

One of the more difficult aspects of reviewing Tantara's series of impressive salutes to Stan Kenton and his music is knowing where to begin. As on Volume 1 of the label's Double Feature (with Volume 3 ...

Stan Kenton Orchestra - DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Captain Black Big Band / Washington State University

Read "Stan Kenton Orchestra - DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Captain Black Big Band / Washington State University" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Stan Kenton Orchestra / DePaul University Jazz Ensemble

Double Feature, Vol. 1

Tantara Productions

2010

Some of us are old enough to remember double features, but they were in movie theatres, not concert halls or recording studios, and, as memory serves, were never quite as enchanting or memorable as this ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Loren Schoenberg: From Benny Goodman to The Savory Collection

Read "Loren Schoenberg: From Benny Goodman to The Savory Collection" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Saxophonist, band-leader and writer Loren Schoenberg, now Executive Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, spent an interesting childhood and teenager-hood growing up in New Jersey in the 1970s, meeting and befriending both Teddy Wilson and Hank Jones, and ultimately becoming employed by Wilson's famous '30s boss, Benny Goodman. Schoenberg was first an assistant to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rolf Ericson with the Metropole Orchestra: Beautiful Love

Read "Beautiful Love" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Sweden, which has produced an exceedingly large number of world–class Jazz musicians for a country its size, was home to one of the finest of them all, trumpeter Rolf Ericson, whose long and varied career ended with his passing in June 1997. Ericson, an impassioned bop–based improviser with a crystalline tone and irreprovable technique, performed with ...