Content by tag "Jeff Kaye"

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 ...

"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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

35 Days in May: Bo Bo Bazinsky In the Bronx

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One of the most attractive things about jazz in the 21st Century is its polyglot nature. No longer is it the music of the classic trumpet-tenor saxophone quintet playing transmogrified blues and show tunes. Today, influences as disparate at Eastern Indian drones and Karl Stockhausen electronica, are tossed into the beaker on the stir plate with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Kaye: Just Like Me

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This breezy, boppish blowing session by Los Angeles-based trumpeter Jeff Kaye's quintet calls to mind Blue Note dates from the '50s and '60s featuring the likes of Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, Wynton Kelly, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton, Wayne Shorter, Tommy Flanagan, and so many others. It's most likely not destined to become a classic, ...