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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival "Big Band Spectacular" 2017, Part 2-4

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Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival Big Band Spectacular
LAX Westin Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
May 24-28, 2017

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Jimmy Giuffre's classic, “Four Brothers," has been a much-loved anthem of the Woody Herman band since his Second ...

A Big Band Spectacular? You Bet Your Brass!

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On May 23, Betty and I flew to jny: Los Angeles to attend the L.A. Jazz Institute's semi-annual ode to swinging, this one labeled Big Band Spectacular and slated for Thursday through Sunday, May 25-28. We rearranged our schedule to arrive a day early, even before Wednesday's “bonus" event, to attend the funeral of a longtime ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Eisenberg Jazz Orchestra: Sense of Gratitude

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L'orchestratore losangelino Brian Eisenberg debutta a capo della sua big band di 18 elementi presentando otto sue composizioni e un fresco arrangiamento di “Blackbird," il brano di Lennon e McCartney. Ha già ottenuto ottimi riconoscimenti (l'ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, una menzione al Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award, il John Philip Sousa Award, eccetera) ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Eisenberg Jazz Orchestra: Sense of Gratitude

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Offering a palette of eight new originals and one cover tune, Sense of Gratitude is the very impressive debut album from the Brian Eisenberg Jazz Orchestra performing a session of modern jazz music that's challenging and engaging from beginning to end. Los Angeles-based composer/arranger and band leader, Brian Eisenberg is a graduate of San Diego State ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Leslie Lewis: Midnight Sun / Keeper of the Flame

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Leslie Lewis is a singer who has found steady work on the West Coast and elsewhere, and for good reason--she's personable, easy on the eyes, and more to the point, has a pleasant mid-range voice, sings squarely on key, and knows how to sell a lyric. Keeper of the Flame and Midnight Sun are Lewis' second ...

Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra: Artistry

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On Artistry, the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra pays homage to one of Richmond's former employers, the legendary Stan Kenton, not by rehashing music performed by the Kenton Orchestra--no matter how forward-leaning that may have been--but rather by renovating a few themes associated with Kenton (and quite a few others that weren't) in the manner in ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joey Sellers: What the...?

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Spesso i risultati più felici, le perle più preziose, nascono dalla casualità o dal concatenarsi accidentale di una serie di situazioni o di eventi. Come è il caso di questo What the ...? Joey Sellers, trombonista e compositore equamente diviso tra classica e jazz, si trova presso lo studio di registrazione del Saddleback College - scuola nella ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Roberta Piket: Making a Difference

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Roberta Piket is a jazz pianist, composer, and arranger with an exceptional range of expression. In the same tune or performance, she moves fluidly between bebop, hard bop, blues, soft and mellow, up-tempo, contrapuntal, and advanced harmonic motifs, making it all come together in meaningful, coherent statements of ideas and emotions. She thinks hard when she ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joey Sellers' Jazz Aggregation: El Payaso

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In reviewing an album such as El Payaso, it is perhaps best to separate the performance from the music. The performance is quite good; as these dozen gentlemen are first-class musicians from the Big Apple, one would expect no less. As for the music, it is on the whole bright and enterprising, reminiscent of themes by ...