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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 3-4

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Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Concert 8: The Herdsmen -Bobby Shew meets Larry McKenna Trumpeter Bobby Shew is a well- known ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4

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Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Concert 4: Keen and Peachy: Music of the Woody Herman Second Herd -Directed by Michael Berkowitz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Giacomo Gates: Everything Is Cool

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Giacomo Gates was almost forty years old when someone suggested that he try his hand at singing. Luckily for the rest of us, Gates thought that was a good idea, moved to New York City later that year (1989) and began singing in clubs. Six years later Gates recorded his first CD, Blue Skies, and Everything ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Fresh Sound Records and the Legacy of Recorded Jazz

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If the importance and the contributions of jazz are measured by its recorded legacy, then Fresh Sound Records--and its founder, Jordi Pujol--must be duly recognized for rescuing a legacy that might otherwise be lost or nearly impossible to find, and for making it available to the public.

Specifically, this legacy includes recorded works by saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Mel Powell: Four Classic Albums Plus

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Mel Powell

Four Classic Albums Plus

Avid Records

2012

Mel Powell replaced Teddy Wilson in the piano chair in the Benny Goodman band, took over the Glenn Miller Orchestra after the leader's demise, and followed both gigs with a career in the studios as a pianist and arranger. Then in the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Loren Schoenberg: From Benny Goodman to The Savory Collection

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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: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Guitarist Gabor Gado: Two Views from Budapest

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Herewith two records released at about the same time, on the same label (Hungary's Budapest Music Center), both prominently featuring Hungarian guitarist Gábor Gadó. If, however, it's pleasing to play the discs side by side--and it really is--it's as much because of the two records' differences as their similarities.

Budapest Concerts is a concert recording ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Celebrate the Music of the “Greatest Generation”

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Philly Pops Orchestra Revisits “The Stage Door Canteen"
Peter Nero, Artistic Director
Lynn Roberts, featured vocalist
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA
March 27, 2010

Why a concert review of the popular music of World War II on a jazz-focused website? The very question suggests how misguided it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Benny Goodman: Benny Goodman Yale University Archives Volume 1

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The sound of the opener is unmistakable; it's the familiar, driving urgency of Benny Goodman's clarinet, which made him the undisputed “King of Swing," heard again in all its electrifying glory on “Sweet Georgia Brown," the 1967 take which opens this collection. Recorded live in New York's old Rainbow Grill, Goodman is in solid company with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Paul Quinichette & His Basie-ites: Like Basie

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Like Basie has already seen the light of day in the CD era as an OJC release, but given its qualities, its reappearance here is welcome anyway. Paul Quinichette's career was perhaps more dogged than aided by the lazy “Vice-Pres" tag that was placed upon him because of his stylistic allegiance to Lester Young. As ever ...