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Charlie Porter: Charlie Porter

Read "Charlie Porter" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Trumpeter and composer Charlie Porter exhibits his innovative spirit and his brilliant musicianship on his self-titled debut as a leader. Working with a rotating cast of Portland (Oregon) area musicians, Porter performs ten of his originals and one cover with a refreshingly unique style and captivating spontaneity.

Similar in concept to tenor saxophonist Benny ...

The Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra: Joyful Noise

Read "Joyful Noise" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran bassist, arranger/composer Chuck Israels has had the good fortune of performing and recording with some of the best jazz musicians on the planet including legends and icons from Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins to John Coltrane and Stan Getz among many others, though he is best associated with the Bill Evans Trio from 1961 ...

Travelling the “Rhythm Road”: Jazz Ambassadorship in the Twenty-First Century

Read "Travelling the “Rhythm Road”: Jazz Ambassadorship in the Twenty-First Century" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

When asked to define jazz, Count Basie, said, “Tap your feet!" Rhythm brings people together, and is part of what makes jazz America's musical bridge to the world. “Jazz ambassadorship," a concept which came on the scene over half a century ago, continues into the New Milennium. One current basis for its longevity is that every ...