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Content by tag "Ron Westray"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kenneth Salters Haven: Enter to Exit

Read "Enter to Exit" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Nove brani per raccontare il proprio mondo musicale, per la prima volta da titolare. Si intitola Enter to Exit il debutto di Kenneth Salters Haven, batterista originario del Connecticut ma dal 2006 stabilmente sui palchi del jazz newyorkese. Dopo una lunga palestra che ha fatto incrociare il compositore e bandleader con Don Byron, Chris Potter, Aretha ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Knowledge Speaks, But Wisdom Listens - Ron Westray's "Jimi Jazz"

Knowledge Speaks, But Wisdom Listens - Ron Westray's "Jimi Jazz"

Blue Canoe Records has released Jimi Jazz from jazz wonder Ron Westray. Westray’s fresh solo take on Jimi Hendrix classics blend bop with contemporary horn and makes it accessible to all listeners. Professor Ron Westary’s professional contributions encompass a stunning list of achievements in the areas of performance, composition, recording and publishing. Since the early nineties he has performed in hundreds ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Toronto, Canada, January 30, 2013

Read "Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Toronto, Canada, January 30, 2013" reviewed by Chuck Schultz

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Massey Hall
Toronto, Ontario
January 30, 2013

Big Band Jazz never died, it just took up residency on the corner of New Orleans and Chicago.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra took the stage at Massey Hall on January 30, 2013 in Toronto, Canada and showed ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own

Read "Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One of the channels that came with my Dish Network package is Classic Arts Showcase, which is a treasure trove of film clips documenting classical, ballet, folk, pop and other forms of music that one is unlikely to see anywhere else (although some footage is presumably available on YouTube, which more and more seems to encompass ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

John Coltrane's Music Gets New Life at Lincoln Center

Read "John Coltrane's Music Gets New Life at Lincoln Center" reviewed by Nick Catalano

In jazz history, the often ignored contributions of the great arranger/orchestrators can never be overestimated. It was Jelly Roll Morton's orchestral writing that enabled “Black Bottom Stomp" to soar. In trumpeter Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain (Columbia, 1960), it was Gil Evans' pen that created the magic. At Town Hall, it was Hall Overton's arrangements that ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Bob Brookmeyer: Jack of All Trades, Master of Valves

Read "Bob Brookmeyer: Jack of All Trades, Master of Valves" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Bob Brookmeyer, a Renaissance man among jazz musicians who died December 15, 2011, four days before his eighty-second birthday, will be remembered as many things: composer, arranger, musician, educator, outspoken arbiter who brooked no nonsense and wasn't shy about letting others know when he believed they were not giving the music he loved the best they ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ron Westray / Thomas Heflin: Live from Austin

Read "Live from Austin" reviewed by Josep Pedro

A live recording is always a great chance to experience some of the core principles of jazz. Improvisation and spontaneity arise when musicians feel free and comfortable with the tunes and arrangements. A collaborative effort between trombonist Ron Westray and trumpeter Thomas Heflin, Live from Austin was recorded in 2009 at the Elephant Room, one of ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Stars Hold Live Recording Session at the Elephant Room

Jazz Stars Hold Live Recording Session at the Elephant Room

Austin - The Ron Westray / Thomas Heflin Jazz Project performs Friday, April 24, at 9:30 p.m. at the Elephant Room, 315 Congress Avenue. Both musicians are recording artists for Blue Canoe Records, the first all-digital jazz label. Westray is perhaps best known for his work as lead trombonist for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra conducted ...