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Peter Hedrich: New Hope

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In a blindfold test, one would be hard-pressed to name the leader on the album New Hope. According to the jacket, young German-born trombonist Peter Hedrich leads the way but while he does solo on eight of eleven numbers he's basically one of the group, laying claim to no more blowing space than his colleagues, especially ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Jiggs Whigham International Trio: Live At Nighttown: 'Not So Standards'

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A jazz trio performing songs like “Autumn Leaves" and “Days Of Wine And Roses" isn't exactly out of the ordinary, but this trio performing those songs is something else. Live At Nighttown: 'Not So Standards' finds Jiggs Whigham, an American trombone giant who expatriated to Germany long ago, back at home in Cleveland, Ohio, putting on ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question

Read "In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suppose a month goes by, you have a column to publish, but nothing has happened that's worth writing about. What do you do then? Read on, as the question is about to be answered. A while back there was a discussion at a Stan Kenton web site (Kentonia) about musicians or groups of ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Stan Kenton-NOVA Jazz Orchestra / Baker's Dozen Big Band / Danny D'Imperio and the Bloviators

Read "Stan Kenton-NOVA Jazz Orchestra / Baker's Dozen Big Band / Danny D'Imperio and the Bloviators" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Stan Kenton Orchestra / NOVA Jazz OrchestraDouble Feature, Vol. 2Tantara Productions2012 One of the more difficult aspects of reviewing Tantara's series of impressive salutes to Stan Kenton and his music is knowing where to begin. As on Volume 1 of the label's Double Feature (with Volume 3 ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

BuJazzO: That's German for Swinging Big Band Jazz

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On August 8, my friend Wes Pfarner and I drove to Santa Fe for a once-in-a lifetime event: a performance by the German Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra, better known to big band enthusiasts by its more condensed and colorful name, BuJazzO. The twenty-piece ensemble, directed by Jiggs Whigham, an American trombonist and educator from Cleveland, Ohio, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band / Gerald Wilson Orchestra / Knoxville Jazz Orchestra

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Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat BandThat's How We RollTelarc2010 After more than a decade of making beautiful music at home, on the road and in the studio, Gordon Goodwin's irrepressible Big Phat Band keeps rolling merrily along, burning rubber on its sixth free-wheeling recording (and first for Telarc Records). ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Allen Carter Big Band / Lucerne Jazz Orchestra / Joris Teepe Big Band

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Allen Carter Big BandGiftsAC Muzik2010 If there were any integrity or enlightenment in the music business as we know it in 2010--not to mention among listeners--drummer Allen Carter's debut big-band album, Gifts, would surely go platinum or at least earn a well-deserved Grammy Award. As not much of ...

Take Five With Tyler Hornby

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Meet Tyler Hornby:Tyler started drumming at age ten, honed his artistry in high school big bands and experimental jazz combos, and has since blossomed into one of Canada's most innovative and sought-after young drummers. Hornby has also become a gifted composer by expanding his musical tastes, studying the craft with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jiggs Whigham / Gene Bertoncini: The Heart and Soul of Hoagy Carmichael

Read "The Heart and Soul of Hoagy Carmichael" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One great composer, two wonderful musicians, ten memorable songs — a fabulous idea on paper, but one in which the ingredients are sometimes tastier than the meal. Not that trombonist Jiggs Whigham and guitarist Gene Bertoncini are a less than charming and accomplished duo; on the contrary, they perform the songs of Hoagy Carmichael with an ...

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Jiggs Whigham with the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra: Love Walked In

Read "Love Walked In" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although he was born in the U.S., trombonist Jiggs Whigham’s name is far better known to Jazz enthusiasts overseas, especially in Europe, than it is to those in his native country. That’s because Whigham has lived abroad since 1965 when he went to Cologne, Germany, to join the Kurt Edelhagen Orchestra. To say that the Ohio ...


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