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Marty Ashby

Marty Ashby is a jazz guitarist, GRAMMY®-winning producer, programming consultant, motivational speaker and lifelong advocate of jazz music and its unique place in American culture. In his work as an arts administrator and educator, he remains dedicated to the belief that Jazz celebrates the experience of life. And that if everyone knew how to swing — musicians and non-musicians alike — the world would be a happier, more harmonious place. He is Executive Producer of MCG Jazz, a program of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (MCG), a multi-disciplined center for arts and learning. Since starting MCG Jazz in 1987, he has produced more than 2,000 concerts, 50 recordings on the MCG Jazz label, and raised $25 million

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New Bob Mintzer Big Band – New York Voices Album, "Meeting Of Minds," Out Now From MCG Jazz

New Bob Mintzer Big Band – New York Voices Album, "Meeting Of Minds," Out Now From MCG Jazz

“Meeting of Minds focuses on the integration of voices with the big band. The combination of the dynamic writing styles of Bob Mintzer and Darmon Meader, from New York Voices, produces a very dense yet very fresh sonic palette. There are subtle harmonic and rhythmic nuances in the arrangements that blend together to deliver an engaging ...

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Kim Nazarian: Some Morning

Read "Some Morning" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Kim Nazarian is one of a kind. Sure, there are other singers with lovely voices, great ears and impeccable time, but not many as warm and open on stage; there are even fewer who can phrase a lyric the way she does, so that you believe every word. A founding member of the New York Voices, ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

MCG Jazz does Christmas: New Holiday Releases From Ann Hampton Callaway and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra

Read "MCG Jazz does Christmas:  New Holiday Releases From Ann Hampton Callaway and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The inevitability of new Christmas albums often fills jazz journalists with dread. And while some may assume it's because we're a cynical breed with unreasonable standards and upturned noses, that couldn't be further from the truth (in most cases). The reason jazz journalists approach new Christmas albums with caution is simple: the number of slipshod, hastily-produced, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra: Joyful Jazz

Read "Joyful Jazz" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One way in which to launch an appraisal of this outstanding seasonal album, the first ever by the world-class Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, is to check out its candid--and uncommonly accurate--title. Joyful? Most definitely. Jazz? Without a doubt. For five years, the orchestra's annual holiday celebration has been a welcome tradition for families in the greater Pittsburgh ...

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New Bob Mintzer Big Band CD, "Get Up!," Due From MCG Jazz June 23

New Bob Mintzer Big Band CD, "Get Up!," Due From MCG Jazz June 23

Since 1983, tenor saxophonist, composer, and arranger Bob Mintzer has been delving into the big band format and its myriad stylistic possibilities, collecting five Grammy nominations and one Grammy win in the process. His newest recording, Get Up!, which is his 20th big band album to date, will be released by MCG Jazz on June 23. ...

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2014 Jazz Connect Conference Schedule

2014 Jazz Connect Conference Schedule

The conference will be held January 9-10, 2014 at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City and will feed into the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference as well as Winter Jazzfest. LOCATION: Hilton New York 1335 Avenue of the Americas at 54th St. New York, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

All That Jazz Month: Phoenix, AZ, November 9-30, 2012

Read "All That Jazz Month: Phoenix, AZ, November 9-30, 2012" reviewed by Patricia Myers

All That Jazz MonthMusical Instrument MuseumPhoenix, AZNovember 9-30, 2012All That Jazz Month, in November 2012 at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), featured a star-studded concert series that included the saxophonist Branford Marsalis Quartet, vocalese masters Manhattan Transfer, DIVA Jazz Trio with saxophonist Grace Kelly, and a Django Reinhardt Tribute, all staged ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bob Mintzer: Amazing Reach

Read "Bob Mintzer: Amazing Reach" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

For about half of his four decade-long career in jazz, Bob Mintzer has been a member of the Yellowjackets, one of the most enduring, distinctive and creative bands in contemporary jazz. But, oddly enough, this association is a relatively small slice of Mintzer's remarkably multifaceted life in music as a saxophonist, bass clarinetist, composer, arranger, educator ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Bob Mintzer Big Band / Bob Wilber and the Tuxedo Big Band / Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra

Read "Bob Mintzer Big Band / Bob Wilber and the Tuxedo Big Band / Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Bob Mintzer Big BandFor the MomentMCG Jazz2012 Anyone who has followed Bob Mintzer's career knows that the multi-talented saxophonist / educator has always had a special place in his heart for music from south of the border (he even recorded a big-band album, Latin from Manhattan, back in ...


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