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Flying Horse Big Band: Big Man on Campus

Read "Big Man on Campus" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Big Man on Campus on the fifth recording by the University of Central Florida's dexterous Flying Horse Big Band is composer / arranger / tenor saxophonist Harry Allen who wrote and arranged five of the album's eleven numbers and solos brightly on seven including Henry Mancini's amiable “Dreamsville," Billy Strayhorn's happy-go-lucky “Raincheck" and Antonio Carlos ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

David Berkman: Anecdotes

Read "David Berkman: Anecdotes" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

David Berkman is a jazz pianist who in the past few decades has played with many of the major names in jazz, including Tom Harrell, Cecil McBee, and the Vanguard Orchestra. He has released a number of CDs on the Palmetto ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own

Read "Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One of the channels that came with my Dish Network package is Classic Arts Showcase, which is a treasure trove of film clips documenting classical, ballet, folk, pop and other forms of music that one is unlikely to see anywhere else (although some footage is presumably available on YouTube, which more and more seems to encompass ...

Bobby Sanabria Big Band: Multiverse

Read "Multiverse" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer/historian/educator/percussionist Bobby Sanabria is more than the sum of his parts; he's actually the sum of all parts, collected, absorbed and observed over the course of his musical life. The Nuyorican jazz giant is a stylistic sponge, historical repository and bringer of the boom, but he's a true artist above all else. He understands that music ...

Bob Lark Alumni Band / Bob Curnow / JazzMN Big Band

Read "Bob Lark Alumni Band / Bob Curnow / JazzMN Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Bob Lark and His Alumni Big Band

Reunion

Jazzed Media

2012

As director for more than two decades of DePaul University's superb Jazz Ensemble, trumpeter Bob Lark has seen an endless parade of outstanding musicians pass through the ranks, which makes the first-ever Reunion of his Alumni Big Band a ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Jazz Arrangers: A Celebration at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Read "Jazz Arrangers: A Celebration at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola" reviewed by Nick Catalano

Any discussion of a jazz figure's importance must include an analysis of the breadth of his or her talents. No one doubts trumpeter Louis Armstrong's stature in the origins of Dixieland. But attempts to place Jelly Roll Morton next to him in the pantheon of the genre often meet with resistance. Yet, in addition to being ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ralph Bowen: Power Play

Read "Power Play" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The inscription on saxophonist Ralph Bowen's business card probably should read “solid citizen," because his post-bop jazz conception has always been steadfast and dependable. With Power Play, he only adds to his stalwart reputation.

Together with bassist Kenny Davis, Bowen was picked, in the mid-1980s, to spearhead the return of Blue Note Records in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Arturo O'Farrill: 40 Acres And A Burro

Read "40 Acres And A Burro" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bandleader Chico O'Farrill created a template of sorts, fusing big band bravura with Latin sounds in his Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. While his son followed in his footsteps, Arturo O'Farrill has demonstrated a broader vision, looking past the island of his origins and developing a pan-Latin approach to jazz repertoire for his appropriately named Afro Latin ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Allen Carter Big Band / Lucerne Jazz Orchestra / Joris Teepe Big Band

Read "Allen Carter Big Band / Lucerne Jazz Orchestra / Joris Teepe Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Allen Carter Big Band

Gifts

AC Muzik

2010

If there were any integrity or enlightenment in the music business as we know it in 2010--not to mention among listeners--drummer Allen Carter's debut big-band album, Gifts, would surely go platinum or at least earn a well-deserved Grammy Award. As not much of ...

Take Five With Katsuko Tanaka

Read "Take Five With Katsuko Tanaka" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Katsuko Tanaka: Katsuko Tanaka, born and raised in Osaka Japan, resided in California as a Rotary International Foundation Ambassador in the nineties. Being inspired by the live jazz music during her stay in the U.S., she decided to immerse herself into the jazz world. After being back in Japan (Tokyo and Osaka) for ten years, ...


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