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Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die

Read "Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Frank Zappa may have said “jazz is not dead, it just smells funny" but looking at his life and music one does not get the impression that he really believed that jazz was decomposing or dying a slow death.

On Freak Out, one of the most impressive debut albums of all times, he ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Anais Drago Interprets Zappa

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This episode features the debut album from Italian Violinist Anais Drago who interprets and builds on the music of Frank Zappa. In addition there is music from Frank himself and also jazz and other interpretations of his music from a variety of different ensembles.

Playlist Anais Drago “Phialella Zappa 1" from Anais Drago ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Riccardo Fassi Tankio Band: The Return of the Fat Chicken

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Il nuovo CD inciso dal pianista e arrangiatore Riccardo Fassi con la sua Tankio Band è completamente dedicato alla musica di Frank Zappa, compositore che figura nel repertorio del gruppo almeno dal 1994, quando venne pubblicato l'album Plays the Music of Frank Zappa, del quale rappresenta una sorta di seguito ideale. Inevitabile il raffronto con Ed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ed Palermo: The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren

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It isn't a characteristically positive sign when an album incorporates obvious humor into its credits and occasionally, the music itself. The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren could raise red flags with its title, personnel adjectives such as “Terrifying Trombones" and listing Kellyanne Conway as “Alternative Executive Producer." But a listener familiar with The Ed Palermo Big Band, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

Ed Palermo may have gained an international following with his ingenious orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. Earlier in the year, the saxophonist released an uproarious double album The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2, a project celebrating an expansive roster of songs by successive waves of British invaders, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Ed Palermo Big Band: One Child Left Behind

Read "One Child Left Behind" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Quando il chitarrista/sassofonista, compositore e big band leader Ed Palermo decise di dedicare un intero concerto come tributo a uno dei musicisti che più avevano influenzato la sua formazione musicale da poco scomparso, non immaginava certo quanto la sua vita professionale sarebbe cambiata in poco tempo. La sua big band era in attività dal 1977, con ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ed Palermo Big Band at the Iridium

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Ed Palermo Big Band Featuring Napoleon Murphy Brock
Iridium
New York, NY
January 8, 2016

You can just about always count on a number of things in any show by the Ed Palermo Big Band: the music of Frank Zappa; inventive arrangements, richly crafted; tight, stellar playing by the ensemble; a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Ed Palermo Big Band: Oh No! Not Jazz!!

Read "Oh No! Not Jazz!!" reviewed by Vic Albani

La Big Band di Ed Palermo ha iniziato a suonare le composizioni di uno dei più grandi musicisti del secolo scorso, Frank Zappa, per puro e immenso amore nei confronti di quel genio poco dopo la sua scomparsa avvenuta il 4 dicembre del 1993.

A parte la risaputa difficoltà tecnica ed esecutiva delle ...

NEWS: CONTEST

Enter the "Ed Palermo - Oh No! Not Jazz!!" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

Enter the "Ed Palermo - Oh No! Not Jazz!!" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

All About Jazz members are invited to enter the Cuneiform Records “The Ed Palermo Big Band - Oh No! Not Jazz!!“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on May 19th. Click here to enter the contest (Tracking Ed Palermo at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.) Good luck!
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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ed Palermo: Not Only In It For The Money

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It's been twenty years since saxophonist-composer-arranger Ed Palermo and his Big Band began playing the music of Frank Zappa. Twenty years, not a lot of bread but a whole lot of love from fans and musicians alike. Oh No! Not Jazz!! on Cuneiform Records marks the band's fourth Zappa album and the third for that remarkable ...