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University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble: On the Road

Read "On the Road" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble was indeed On the Road in recent years, performing the first eight of the fourteen numbers on this impressive album at the 2017 Elmhurst College (IL) Jazz Festival, the others at the Montreux and North Sea (Netherlands) Jazz Festivals in 2011. If you are puzzled by the lack of audience ...

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University of Kentucky Mega-Sax Ensembles: Stinkin' 3.0

Read "Stinkin' 3.0" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you dig the sound of a saxophone (alto, tenor and / or baritone), you've come to the right place. Unless we've miscounted, no less than nineteen saxophonists are present and accounted for on Stinkin' 3.0, which, it stands to reason, is the third CD recorded by the University of Kentucky's (well-named) Mega-Sax Ensembles. That includes ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own

Read "Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One of the channels that came with my Dish Network package is Classic Arts Showcase, which is a treasure trove of film clips documenting classical, ballet, folk, pop and other forms of music that one is unlikely to see anywhere else (although some footage is presumably available on YouTube, which more and more seems to encompass ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Budman-Levy Orchestra / Jens Wendelboe Big Band / DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra

Read "Budman-Levy Orchestra / Jens Wendelboe Big Band / DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Budman / Levy Orchestra

From There to Here

OA2 Records

2012

If this splendid album, recorded two years ago (2010), is in any way emblematic of what lies ahead, the long-range outlook for big band jazz is indeed bright and auspicious. Saxophonist Alex Budman and trombonist Jeremy Levy have assembled ...

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The Dimartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra: Quotient

Read "Quotient" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Vince DiMartino was a distinguished professor of trumpet at the University of Kentucky's Jazz Studies Program for twenty years, and saxophonist Miles Osland is its current director. Together these two educators have collaborated for many years, founding of The DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra. Through its performances and recordings, it has become a fixture in the central Kentucky ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazzy Faculty Recital Sure to Swing

Jazzy Faculty Recital Sure to Swing

University of Kentucky Jazztet will present an evening of musical entertainment as UK faculty and graduate students unite for a free public jazz music recital at 7:30 pm on Thursday October 2, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. This UK faculty recital features the quartet comprised of Miles Osland on woodwinds, Raleigh Dailey on ...

Free "Professor of Sax" Collection Merits a Gold Star

Read "Free "Professor of Sax" Collection Merits a Gold Star" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

As trash-talking goes, getting schooled by the “Professor Of Saxophone" is of questionable caliber. But Miles Osland is in no danger of losing face if words fail him--he wields a horn capable of bludgeoning even the most forward-thinking rebel punk in the classroom.



Some professors put students to sleep lecturing from the book, while ...

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Miles Osland / Bill Anschell Trio: An Old Speckled Hen at Snapes Malting

Read "An Old Speckled Hen at Snapes Malting" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As Miles Osland says in the liner notes, Old Speckled Hen represents his “coming out” as a tenor saxophonist (he’s usually heard on alto, at least on recordings). As is the case on alto, he prefers doing things his way, assuming a stance that often is less than conventional if not unsparingly radical. While he never ...

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Miles Osland Little Big Band: My Old Kentucky Home

Read "My Old Kentucky Home" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Miles Osland, an intrepid and versatile woodwind specialist who can stay in the pocket but prefers to scramble, unveils a number of facets of his capacious personality on My Old Kentucky Home, from bebop, blues and ballads to Caribbean, Latin, funk, boogie and beyond. Actually, nothing here is as “beyond” as Osland has been on other ...

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Miles Osland: An Old Speckled Hen At Snapes Malting

Read "An Old Speckled Hen At Snapes Malting" reviewed by Jim Santella

University of Kentucky jazz professor Miles Osland's third recording as a leader combines his lyrical saxophone phrasing with the rhythm section of pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Neal Starkey, and drummer Woody Williams. Anschell and Williams are two-thirds of Nnenna Freelon's latest rhythm section. The parallel between Osland's lyricism and the well-known singer's is worth considering: both ...