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ARTICLE: PROFILES

US Military Service Bands: Histories & Heroes

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US Air Force Airmen of Note The premier jazz ensemble of the US Air Force, the Airmen of Note is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The US Air Force Band. Created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Forces ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dr. Billy Taylor, Art Ensemble of Chicago and More

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We begin the 593rd Episode of Neon Jazz with singer Stacey Kent. From there, we take a listen to the cool of Art Blakey, Billy Taylor and Mark E. Walker. Over the course of the show we profile the mighty Dayramir Gonzalez, Chris Jentsch and listen to a new cat on the NYC scene known as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

U.S. Army Blues: Live At Blues Alley

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Times have surely changed since The U.S. Army Blues was founded in 1942 (as “Pershing's Own," the Army Dance Band) to entertain soldiers and civilians in combat zones during WWII. But this Blues band has managed to keep pace, and has performed at the Monterey and Montreux Jazz Festivals and at New York City's hallowed Birdland, ...

Artistry in Rhythm: Afro-Cuban Epiphany to Haitian Voodoo

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Brian Andres & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel
This Could Be That
Self-Produced
2016

This Could Be That celebrates the first decade of Brian Andres & his Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, which came together in 2007 in and around the jny: San Francisco Bay Area's Latin jazz hothouse. Music ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

David Gibson: Propelling The Story Forward

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It's late morning on Sunday, January 17, 2016--a wintry New York day that will later see snow--and much of Brooklyn seems to be in a state of hibernation or hiding. There are few signs of life on the streets, but there's no shortage of action in the basement of the former Public School 9 Annex. That's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Katie Thiroux: Walking a Classy and Swinging Line

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Katie Thiroux, a young musician out of jny: Los Angeles, plays the bass and sings with equal conviction. Her musical experiences began with classical, but a career in jazz is what she eventually focused on and Thiroux--who received several accolades while climbing the tricky stairway of such a career--is making good strides.

A sideman ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Usdan Center - 5/17 Final Open House - Full Jazz Program

Usdan Center - 5/17 Final Open House - Full Jazz Program

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the nationally acclaimed summer arts day camp whose alumni include Jane Monheit, and whose Jazz Department was created by Dr. Billy Taylor, will hold its final Open House for the 2015, 48th season on Sunday May 17 from 11 AM to 2 PM. The Center will feature new ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2014: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2014 turned out to be a year noteworthy for its numbers. Newport turned 60, Blue Note turned 75, International Jazz Day's third edition featured 900 events in more than 190 countries. The jazz world lost seven of its NEA Jazz Masters, and jny: New Orleans trumpeter Lionel Ferbos died at 103. Sad but not ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jazz Composer-Arranger, Trombonist, and Vocalist Pete McGuinness Earns Two Grammy Nominations for "Strength In Numbers"

Jazz Composer-Arranger, Trombonist, and Vocalist Pete McGuinness  Earns Two Grammy Nominations for "Strength In Numbers"

Pete McGuinness: Strength In Numbers (Summit Records) Grammy Nominated for “Best Arrangement Instrumental or A Cappella" and “Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals" Acclaimed jazz composer/arranger, trombonist and vocalist Pete McGuinness has earned two 2015 Grammy nominations for arrangements on his Summit Records CD Strength In Numbers. The nominations are for “Best Arrangement Instrumental or A Cappella” for his ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Usdan, with Expanded Jazz Program, Holds Open Houses 2/20 and 2/24; Jane Monheit to be Visiting Faculty for 2013 Season

Usdan, with Expanded Jazz Program, Holds Open Houses 2/20 and 2/24; Jane Monheit to be Visiting Faculty for 2013 Season

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the renowned summer arts day camp with an expanded Jazz Dept. for 2013, will hold free Open Houses on Wednesday February 20 and Sunday February 24, each from 11 AM to 2 PM. Attended annually by more than 1500 students ages 6-18 from New York City and throughout the Tri-State Area, ...