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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

June Means Jazz as Festivals Flourish

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June, as always, is a harbinger of exciting things to come as the jazz festival season springs forth in earnest, causing even the most ardent couch potatoes to bestir themselves and start perusing the calendar to locate interesting events in their neck of the woods. Here in New Mexico, the “outdoor" season comes to life with ...

Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra Rekindles Cuban Fire Suite

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On June 5, 2010, with the temperature in Albuquerque hovering around 100 degrees, the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra couldn't have wished for a better time to perform Johnny Richards' incendiary Cuban Fire suite, first recorded in 1956 by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. The sold-out concert was the opening event in the city's annual Jazz and Blues Under ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Strike Up the (Unsung) Bands

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The big band era is known for producing a number of enormously successful ensembles whose leaders were household names: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson, then on through Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, the brothers Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Berry and his Ellington All-Stars: For Duke

Read "For Duke" reviewed by Jim Santella

Originally released on LP when it was recorded in 1978, this album features a true all-star lineup. Each artist solos in this heartfelt tribute session. The harmony of “Mood Indigo" serves as a strong reminder of how each member of Duke Ellington's orchestra was allowed his own say. Marshal Royal lifts spirits with his bouncing alto ...