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The Ken Peplowski Big Band: Sunrise

Read "Sunrise" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Many contemporary big bands are all about “breaking new ground" and “exploring new pathways." Not this one. Ace clarinetist Ken Peplowski, who has performed and recorded with myriad large ensembles, at home and abroad, but has seldom led one--although he did record one other big-band album, Last Swing of the Century (Concord Jazz, 1999)--simply wants to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The UNT One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2016

Read "Lab 2016" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The year ending in May 2016 was quite an eventful time for the University of North Texas' flagship One O'Clock Lab Band. Besides hosting regular concerts and clinics in Denton and the surrounding area and holding its three yearly performances in Fort Worth, the band welcomed acclaimed drummer Dennis Mackrel as guest artist for its fall ...

Todd Coolman & Trifecta: Collectables

Read "Collectables" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Todd Coolman readily cops to his collections in the liner essay for this delightful date, noting a fondness for accumulating baseball caps, photos and drawings of birds, timepieces, and antique fishing tackle. But it's his collections from the realm of music--also cited in his writing(s)--that shape this date. He's amassed a stockpile of favorite songs ...

Kirk MacDonald: Symmetry

Read "Symmetry" reviewed by Edward Blanco

It is no secret that Canada is the home of some of the finest jazz musicins in the world and Toronto-based saxophonist Kirk MacDonald, a long-time active educator, is one of those established stars and veteran of the Canadian jazz scene. He has appeared on over fifty albums as both a sideman and leader and Symmetry, ...

NEWS: EVENT

The Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration Featuring Ramsey Lewis, Kurt Elling, Sean Jones And The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra At Heinz Hall On June 16, 2015

The Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration Featuring Ramsey Lewis, Kurt Elling, Sean Jones And The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra At Heinz Hall On June 16, 2015

Announcing The Jazz Event Of The Year! Pittsburgh, PA: Announcing an exciting and ground-breaking partnership between MCG Jazz, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in collaboration with the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival and WQED. On Tuesday, June 16, at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, these partners will come together to present The Pittsburgh ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Marshall Gilkes: Relishing Big Band Success

Read "Marshall Gilkes: Relishing Big Band Success" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Marshall Gilkes is a trombonist of monster chops and great taste whenever he puts the brass to his lips in any performance. He's seen sitting in the trombone section of the Maria Schneider Orchestra in recent years, and has associations with other big bands, either subbing in, or as a member of the WDR Big Band ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vinterjazz Copenhagen: Carsten Dahl Trio w/ Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson at Jazzhus Montmartre

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Carsten Dahl Trio w/ Reuben Rogers
Vinterjazz 2014
Jazzhus Montmartre
Copenhagen, Denmark
February 20-21, 2014

Vinterjazz

Vinterjazz has the same setup as the Jazzfestival Copenhagen in the summer. It is spread over the whole city but on a smaller scale. During the ten days in February ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kirk MacDonald: Symmetry

Read "Symmetry" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Following two splendid albums as leader of his own big band (Deep Shadows, Family Suite for Large Jazz Orchestra), Toronto-based saxophonist / educator Kirk MacDonald has returned to a small-group format for Symmetry, the thirteenth recording on which his name has been listed atop the marquee. In this case, however, any member of MacDonald's quintet could ...

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Burghausen Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Burghausen Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by John Kelman

Burghausen Jazz Festival
Burghausen, Germany
March 12-17, 2013
Located almost exactly halfway along the border of the province of Bavaria (located in Germany's southeast) and Austria, the town of Burghausen might seem an odd place for a jazz festival, especially one now celebrating its 44th year. But this town of just 18,000 people, ...