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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Marching to a Jazz Tempo

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March came in like a lion in Albuquerque with no less than four blue-chip jazz concerts in the first five days, three of which I attended, passing on the first (the Charlie Christian Project featuring guitarist Michael Anthony and trumpeter Bobby Shew at The Outpost Performance Space) because Betty and I had seen basically the same ...

Stan Kenton Alumni Band / Dave Lisik Orchestra / New Zealand School of Music Big Band

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Stan Kenton Alumni Band
Have Band Will Travel
Summit Records
2010

There was a time (often referred to as “the good old days") when the phrase Have Band Will Travel would have been commonplace, as popular touring bands traversed the country on an almost daily basis to brave ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Salute to Stan Kenton: Artistry in Contrast

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Artistry in Rhythm, the Ken Poston / Los Angeles Jazz Institute's 2009 homage to the renowned bandleader Stan Kenton, was held October 8-11 at the Sheraton LAX Four Points Hotel. As always, there was much to see, hear and admire: films, panel discussions, special presentations and, last but not least, no fewer than nineteen concerts by ...

"A Swingin' Affair" Outshines Its Name

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With an appreciative bow and genial tip of the hat to the late Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, the Los Angeles Jazz Institute named its semi-annual big-band soiree May 21-24 at the Sheraton LAX Four Points Hotel “A Swingin' Affair." Was the event able to live up to its name? In the immortal words of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Siebels: Dave Siebels with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

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A thrilling collaboration between one of the finest jazz ensembles in the business and a keyboardist whose résumé extends beyond jazz, the self-titled Dave Siebels with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band is, quite frankly, one riveting session of big band music fronted by Siebels' commanding performance on the Hammond B3 organ. Not surprising, when the artistic ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Roy Wiegand Jazz Orchestra: Stan -- The Big Sur

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Trombonist Roy Wiegand’s third big–band release in the last couple of years is by far his best to date with radiant charts by David Stout, Howie Shear, Kim Richmond, Johnny Richards, Rusty Higgins and Pete Rugolo / Bob Russell, and intrepid blowing throughout by Wiegand and his well–endowed companions. Wiegand, who once played in orchestras led ...