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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 4-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 4-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Panel 3: Cousins -Moderated by Ken Borgers Moderated by Ken Borgers, this panel featured Woody Herman ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Susan Krebs Chamber Band Releases "Spring: Light Out Of Darkness" On Greengig Music

Susan Krebs Chamber Band Releases "Spring: Light Out Of Darkness" On Greengig Music

Spring: Light Out of Darkness is Susan Krebs’ sixth album as a leader and the second CD project for the Susan Krebs Chamber Band. "Spring" is the follow-up to the Chamber Band’s 2015 acclaimed release, Simple Gifts, taking the chamber band concept even further on this new project. Chamber music is defined as “music composed for small ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia

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As the title denotes, pianist Bill Cunliffe and his ensemble take a swing (literally) at the great Johann Sebastian on BACHanalia, pivoting as well toward the music of C.P.E. Bach, Sergei Prokofiev, Manuel de Falla, Cole Porter, Oscar Levant and Cunliffe himself. In spite of its classical veneer, this is at its core a jazz session, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Susan Krebs Chamber Band: Simple Gifts

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Vocalist Susan Krebs and her musical friends have been putting together thematically-programmed salon concerts in living rooms and small venues for a number of years. Out of that experience comes Simple Gifts, a salon sampler of sorts that gives the at-home listener a taste of the ideas and arrangements that came about through these performances.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

H2 Big Band: It Could Happen

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As Shakespeare wrote, “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Who would dare argue with that? The point is that It Could Happen,the second recording by the H2 Big Band, is performed by a world-class ensemble. It's just not the H2 Big Band, which essentially remained home in Colorado ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Chris Walden Big Band: Full-On!

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To say that Chris Walden's instrumental compositions and arrangements are the best part of his new big-band album, Full-On!, is not to dismiss the rest as less than adequate. Walden's charts for the ensemble, on the other hand, do provide much of the excitement in a session that is otherwise dominated by vocals (seven in all), ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Slonaker Big Band: Intrada

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Don't be put off by the name. Intrada, composer / arranger Dave Slonaker points out, is “a musical form often composed as a prelude, overture or fanfare," one whose upbeat phrases give rise to an exhilarating curtain-raiser on Slonaker's initial big-band recording. Rest assured this is a world-class ensemble and there's no doubt whose steady hand ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John La Barbera Big Band: Caravan

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Summoning Juan Tizol's travel-worn “Caravan" to raise the curtain on a big-band album poses a challenge for any arranger, one that John La Barbera easily brushes aside on the third recording as leader of his own ensemble. And while “Caravan" dazzles in La Barbera's capable hands, it is merely the opening salvo in a session that ...

Take Five With Joseph David Howell

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Meet Joseph David Howell:

Dr. Joseph D. Howell has gone from being a mostly self-taught musician from a poor small-town family to earning a Doctor of Musical Arts from a prestigious conservatory. Today he professionally performs, composes, and teaches music of many styles and instruments while maintaining an artistic focus on jazz clarinet and ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Gold Medalists Abound at Big Band Olympics

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As this is being written, Betty and I are just back from a ten-day visit to California, the first six days of which would be of absolutely no interest to readers of this column. The last four, however, were spent at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel attending the L.A. Jazz Institute's “Big Band Olympics," which ...