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Terry Gibbs: 92 Years Young: Jammin' At The Gibbs House

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"92 Years Young." Sometimes that's an exaggeration. On the other hand, when applied to vibraphonist Terry Gibbs it may well be an understatement. Gibbs was indeed a mere six months shy of his ninety-second birthday when “Jammin' at the Gibbs House" was recorded in his living room in April 2016. Close your eyes, however, and it's ...

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Terry Gibbs: 92 Years Young: Jammin' At The Gibbs House

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For a brief moment, put aside the fact that legendary vibraphonist Terry Gibbs is now ninety-two years old. Just listen to the YouTube video at the bottom of this piece--lyrical, swinging, and vibrant as any jazz out there--and take it in. It's something beautiful, right? Nothing radical or groundbreaking at all, but most certainly jazz of ...

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Doug MacDonald: Jazz Marathon 2

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For those who thought that guitarist Doug MacDonald's happy-go-lucky jazz marathon had crossed the finish line with the release more than a year ago of Just for Fun, the good news is that MacDonald and his talented teammates have found their second wind and the marathon continues through a second effervescent two-CD session taped at the ...

Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?

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On May 18, Betty and I flew to Los Angeles to attend Time Check: A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion, a four-day panorama sponsored by the L.A. Jazz Institute and held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, about a stone's throw or two from the LAX airport. We arrived early afternoon so we could also be present for ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

"Modern Sounds," or: Running a Marathon in Full Body Armor

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From October 19-25 Betty and I were at the Los Angeles Marriott Airport Hotel to attend Modern Sounds, the L.A. Jazz Institute's four-day salute to West Coast jazz, followed by a day-long tribute to Stan Kenton on the hundredth anniversary of the legendary bandleader's birth. We arrived a day early to be primed and ready for ...

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Salute to Stan Kenton: Artistry in Contrast

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Artistry in Rhythm, the Ken Poston / Los Angeles Jazz Institute's 2009 homage to the renowned bandleader Stan Kenton, was held October 8-11 at the Sheraton LAX Four Points Hotel. As always, there was much to see, hear and admire: films, panel discussions, special presentations and, last but not least, no fewer than nineteen concerts by ...

"A Swingin' Affair" Outshines Its Name

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With an appreciative bow and genial tip of the hat to the late Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, the Los Angeles Jazz Institute named its semi-annual big-band soiree May 21-24 at the Sheraton LAX Four Points Hotel “A Swingin' Affair." Was the event able to live up to its name? In the immortal words of ...

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Mark Sherman at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles

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Mark Sherman
Jazz Brasserie at the Crowne Plaza Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
January 29, 2009


The Jazz Brasserie at LA's Crowne Plaza Hotel is perfect for jazz, with its informal seating and focused performance platform. Situated not far from LAX, it's convenient for both Los Angelenos and longer haul ...

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John Campbell: Workin' Out

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Like so many guys out there who are doing their thing without much fanfare or public recognition, forty-five year old pianist John Campbell has been active on the jazz scene long enough to be called a veteran. A native of the Chicago area, Campbell gained valuable mainstream experience through past gigs with Clark Terry and the ...

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John Campbell: Workin' Out

Read "Workin' Out" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

In the process of interpreting the compositions of modern jazzmen ranging from Mingus to Hubbard to Shorter, pianist John Campbell embraces the talents of bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Billy Drummond in something akin to an equal partnership. All three are veterans with an abundance of experience in the bands of established leaders. Throughout the record ...