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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Room Special Edition: Trumpet Summit

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Jazz Room Special Edition: Trumpet Summit
Booth Playhouse
Charlotte, NC
September 20, 2019

There's something about the trumpet: brash, brassy, loud, and always a powerful lead voice in any ensemble. If one trumpet is all of those things, imagine what five would sound like. For the Jazz Room's second Trumpet Summit ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

US Military Service Bands: Histories & Heroes

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

US Air Force Airmen of Note The premier jazz ensemble of the US Air Force, the Airmen of Note is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The US Air Force Band. Created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Forces ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Arturo Sandoval: Two Counties, Two Lives, One Trumpet de Oro

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Arturo Sandoval is widely considered the world's premier living trumpet player. You will get no argument from me. After a tumultuous life in Cuba, he and his family successfully sought political asylum in the United States. His story is well documented in For Love or Country (HBO, 2000). Andy Garcia portrays Sandoval in this movie that ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Invisible Man: Willis Conover and The Jazz Hour

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Willis Conover stood with a cordoned off pool of reporters and photographers, being kept at arms-length from celebrities and dignitaries on the White House lawn. There was no table assigned to him at Bill Clinton's 1993 celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival though Conover had been involved with George Wein's project from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Craig Fraedrich Tony Nalker: Alone Together

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An involved listening to this oxymoron-titled album could easily have one thinking that trumpeter Craig Fraedrich and pianist Tony Nalker probably could have been categorized by Audobon as “birds of a musical feather." That's not a surprise since both spent decades in the elite U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and they've worked together on Fraedrich's previous ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Celebrating Sarah Vaughan And A New Betty Carter Recording

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The final Sunday of Womens History Month includes new releases from Bob Dorough, Gabrielle Stravelli, Patricia Barber plus a first listen to Betty Carter's first posthumous recording of a live 1992 concert in the early days of Jazz at Lincoln Center, with birthday shout outs to legendary vocalists Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Astrud Gilberto, and Pearl ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jay Anderson: Deepscape

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Jay Anderson took up the acoustic bass as a pre-teen, earned a Bachelor's Degree in Performance from CSU and cut his teeth playing with the Woody Herman Orchestra, right out of school. His deep resume includes classical performance with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, alternative music with Frank Zappa and Tom Waits, and pop with David Bowie. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kenny G: Playin' It Straight

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Kenny G has been categorized as a jazz musician by record companies simply because he plays saxophone. The reality is that his style is actually banal pop consisting of repetitious melodies with short passages of bland improvisation and, occasionally, long-held notes to show off his grasp of circular breathing—a technique Clark Terry and Rahsaan Roland Kirk ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods

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In Part 1 of Women in Jazz we looked at the historical position of women in early jazz. Despite their influence in shaping the art, their talent as composers, arrangers, instrumentalists, and band leaders, women have often been token additions; marginalized window dressing in a male-dominated world.

One hundred years after Lil Hardin held ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Al Hood and the H2 Sextet: Jazz Muses

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There's something fascinating about the word “inspire." We know from Latin that the word derives from inspirare, meaning “to breathe" or “blow into." It is the perfect theme as presented for trumpeter Al Hood and the H2 Sextet's terrific album, Jazz Muses. Not only is Hood inspired by his Jazz Muses, but his blowing here takes ...