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The Depaul University Jazz Ensemble: Salutes Woody Herman

Read "Salutes Woody Herman" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Were he still with us, bandleader Woody Herman would have turned one hundred years young on May 16, 2013. What better way, then, to mark the occasion than by doing something that made “the Chopper" happier than anything else: swinging hard and often. Chicago's DePaul University Jazz Ensemble does precisely that on this superb album comprised ...

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The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble: American Express

Read "American Express" reviewed by Jack Bowers

DePaul University’s Jazz Studies program, always a good one, has really hit its stride in the past couple of years with a number of superlative albums by the Jazz Ensemble under director Bob Lark, the most recent of which is this invigorating concert with the renowned composer / valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer taped in May ‘01 ...

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The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble: Legacy

Read "Legacy" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Having taken a short trip across town to Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase to record its last album in concert, the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble returns to the studio for Legacy, where it is joined (on the last four tracks) by an honored guest, big–band drummer extraordinaire Louie Bellson. Louie wrote (and presents drum clinics on) all ...

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The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble: Live at the Jazz Showcase

Read "Live at the Jazz Showcase" reviewed by Jack Bowers

I hear a lot these days about how college students are being taught Jazz–by–the–numbers instead of how to think and react creatively in an extemporaneous situation, but I simply can’t buy into that line of reasoning, especially when listening to a group of young musicians as sharp and audacious as those in director Bob Lark’s Chicago–based ...


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