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Hey, George Frazier--I’m 10 Years Old Over Here

Read "Hey, George Frazier--I’m 10 Years Old Over Here" reviewed by Brian Dunn

I went a little crazy when I discovered jazz as an 8-year-old kid. I already played trumpet in the school band, but none of that music swung. My ears begged for something with more energy and urgency. The family record collection was of little help. We owned precisely five albums, the jazziest of which was Herb ...


The Steve Spiegl Big Band: Enigma

Read "Enigma" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Steve Spiegl is a thoughtful — and thought–provoking — big–band composer / arranger / leader with a modus operandi all his own. There aren’t many who can draw on the works of such diverse composers as J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Alexander Scriabin and Sir Edward Elgar to fashion Jazz compositions that are not only accessible but ...