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Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without A Trace

Read "Without A Trace" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Grudging good wishes to New Yorkers who are able to see and hear the world-class Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra on a fairly regular basis. Everyone else must make do with the occasional recording (Without a Trace is only the second by the ten-year-old ensemble which made its debut in 2008). That's not nearly enough, of course, ...

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Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Without A Trace

Read "Without A Trace" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra follows up the highly successful debut album Portraits and Places (Origin, 2016), with another masterpiece recording on Without A Trace offering new and exciting arrangements of three standards and four creative Reeves originals that all together, pack quite a powerful musical punch. A full-tenured professor at The City University of New ...

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Joshua Breakstone/The Cello Quartet: 88

Read "88" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Veteran guitarist Joshua Breakstone pays tribute to some of his favorite pianist/composers here. He tells a story about a fellow Berklee student (a saxophonist) who asked legendary saxophonist Sonny Stitt if he could sit in. Stitt shut him down with the question “how many keys on a saxophone?" The novice couldn't answer--there are 23--but everyone knows ...

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Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra: Portraits and Places

Read "Portraits and Places" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Scott Reeves formed his splendid New York-based orchestra eight years ago, in 2008, and while Portraits and Places marks its recorded debut, Reeves spent a number of years before that sharpening his composing and arranging skills at the highly regarded BMI Jazz Composers Workshop where he received tutelage and counsel from Manny Albam, Mike Abene, Jim ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Udin&Jazz 2015 - Argento Vivo

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Udin&Jazz
Corte Morpurgo e Castello
Udine
29.06-03.07.2015

Udin&Jazz ha tagliato quest'anno il ragguardevole traguardo del quarto di secolo con un programma, come negli anni più recenti, spalmato su circa un mese e sapientemente composto di artisti internazionali di primissimo piano (da Kurt Rosenwinkel a Chick Corea, da Ron Carter al ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

David Berkman: Anecdotes

Read "David Berkman: Anecdotes" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

David Berkman is a jazz pianist who in the past few decades has played with many of the major names in jazz, including Tom Harrell, Cecil McBee, and the Vanguard Orchestra. He has released a number of CDs on the Palmetto ...

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Westchester Jazz Orchestra: Dobbs Ferry, NY, September 29, 2012

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Westchester Jazz Orchestra
Master's School
Dobbs Ferry, NY
September 29, 2012

The much-acclaimed Westchester Jazz Orchestra (WJO) opened its 10th season with a program called West Side Stories, based on that brilliant and timeless 1957 Broadway musical by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. In keeping with the WJO's ongoing educational objectives, the concert began with ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Stars on the Horizon

Read "Stars on the Horizon" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even before Groovin' Hard, the Los Angeles Jazz Institute's latest foray into the world of contemporary jazz, kicked off its four-day run (October 11-14) at the Marriott LAX Hotel, a letter arrived from LAJI director Ken Poston announcing details of next May's extravaganza, also at the Marriott. The theme is Big Band Spectacular, and the bands ...

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David Bixler: The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head

Read "The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist David Bixler's ties to pianist Arturo O'Farrill have had positive and negative consequences. The positives are a raised profile, a fairly steady gig for twelve years and counting, and the opportunity to paint atop brilliantly arranged Latin platforms of varying shapes, colors and sizes for audiences around the world. So, one might wonder, what could ...

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Virginia Mayhew Quartet: Mary Lou Williams: The Next 100 Years

Read "Mary Lou Williams: The Next 100 Years" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth date of pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams, the Virginia Mayhew Quartet pays homage to one of the most unheralded, yet most important jazz figures of all time on Mary Lou Williams--The Next 100 Years. Presenting new arrangements of eight Williams compositions and two original blues charts, Mayhew ...