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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

The AJO: Alive and Swinging at Thirty

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The Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, which had been missing in action for the past several months, returned to combat with a flourish to open its thirtieth year as a unit on February 18, 2012, crowning the annual two-day Albuquerque Jazz Festival with a spellbinding concert performance that featured guest artist Alan Pasqua, an excellent pianist who doubles ...

ARTICLE: AAJ PRO

Jazz Education Conference 2011 to Unite Industry

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New Orleans hosts JEN's annual conference

Only one, comprehensive, international jazz trade event is designed to bring together everyone in the jazz music community: The Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference. Scheduled for January 6-8, 2011, and located adjacent to the French Quarter in New Orleans, the conference seeks to build upon the momentum of its ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

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The city of New Orleans is riding high these days. With the beloved football team winning the Super Bowl, a new mayor promising a brighter future, a rebuilding of structures and economy, and a new HBO television show, Treme, extolling the virtues of the unique culture of this musical mecca, times could not be better for ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Great Vibes: Nova NOLA and The Wee Trio

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Despite the current iteration of the “Jazz is Dead" riff, it is impossible to throw a rock without hitting one of the music's latest wave of horn players, reed players, keyboardists, bassists or drummers. The one area that lacks ground-breaking new personnel in 2010 is “mallets" (vibraphone and marimba), although every recent generation has had its ...

Astral Project: VooDooBop

Read "VooDooBop" reviewed by Ed Kopp

The five members of Astral Project are among New Orleans' finest musicians. Each has an impressive resume that extends beyond jazz to rock, blues, pop, funk, R&B -- the whole gamut of Crescent City musical styles. These dudes form an amazingly tight unit, no doubt owing to their 20-plus years of playing together. VooDooBop is packed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Astral Project: Elevado / New Orleans LA

Read "Elevado / New Orleans LA" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There's an abundance of heat and creative energy flowing from the epicenter of Astral Project, a New Orleans-based quintet whose ethereal name belies its usual choice of straight-ahead bop-influenced Jazz with a Crescent City ambiance. While saxophonist Dagradi seems to be the main man, everyone in the ensemble has a well-defined role to play, and consummates ...