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Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

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The Dave Lalama Big Band: The Hofstra Project

Read "The Hofstra Project" reviewed by Edward Blanco

As an academic, pianist Dave Lalama's resume includes being a founding faculty member of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music Jazz Program, as well as a current professor at Hofstra University where hundreds of students, colleagues and musicians have all been a part of his distinguished professional life. As a musician, his background includes performances with ...

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The Dave Lalama Big Band: The Hofstra Project

Read "The Hofstra Project" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Dave Lalama is living proof that the divide between real-world practitioner and first-class educator is often imaginary. Lalama's résumé includes time spent with super singers like Eddie Jefferson and Anita O'Day, and big band icons like Road Father Woody Herman and super drummer Buddy Rich, but these performance credits don't tell the whole story about ...

ARTICLE: DAN'S DEN

Every Now and Den

Read "Every Now and Den" reviewed by Dan Morgenstern

It's been so long since the last Den that it should perhaps be renamed, “Every Now and Den." But here I am with some of the events that stand out from the past five months or so, not necessarily in chronological order.

I've never missed the annual Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans, and the August ...

Take Five With The Brett Sandler Trio

Read "Take Five With The Brett Sandler Trio" reviewed by Brett Sandler

Meet The Brett Sandler Trio:
Brett Sandler: I'm a classically trained pianist who began studying Jazz in college. I started composing my own jazz tunes after listening to Wayne Shorter for the first time. I love music, movies, and videogames and enjoy spending my time on those three pursuits. I grew up in Rocky ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Meet Terri Lyne Carrington

Read "Meet Terri Lyne Carrington" reviewed by Craig Jolley

Drummer/composer Terri Lyne Carrington found her voice early. Unlike other child prodigies she was not transfixed by her early success and has continued to grow musically. Besides her brilliance as a drummer she is now established as a bandleader and producer. She records and tours with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and many others.

New CD: ...