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Steve Herberman, Hristo Vitchev, Rick Stone and Harvey Valdes

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Welcome back to Guitarists Rendezvous, our third installment in a series that introduces readers to emerging or established guitarists who fly just under the radar of public recognition. Each will field the same four questions and we've included audio and video so you can sample their music.

This installment includes a diverse group ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band: Game Changer

Read "Game Changer" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Non sarà tra quelli che segnano una tappa nella storia del jazz ma i pregi di questo disco sono molti e forse detiene un primato. È uno dei rari album, forse l'unico con un'organico così ampio, a presentare un'orchestra di soli flautisti, eccetto i tre componenti della sezione ritmica.
Una decina d'anni fa Ali ...

Furthering The Flute In Jazz: Holly Hofmann and Bill McBirnie

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Long gone are the days when the flute was only seen as a jazz novelty or a saxophonist's double. Once upon a time you could count the number of notable jazz flautists on a hand (or two), but the ranks have swelled a little bit over the years, and those leading the charge today aren't content ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Ali Ryerson: Jazz Flute Big Band

Ali Ryerson: Jazz Flute Big Band

There have been all-saxophone bands (Bob Prince), all-trombone bands (Urbie Greene) and all-trumpet bands (Pete Rugolo). Into this tradition of flooding the zone for fans who passionately love the sound of a specific instrument is flutist Ali Ryerson. By thinking big, she has assembled the Jazz Flute Big Band (JFBB), and the ensemble's new CD Game ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band: Game Changer

Read "Game Changer" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Yes, the idea seems rather implausible: a big band comprised of sixteen flutes and rhythm. Flutist Ali Ryerson is the catalyst and guiding hand behind the Jazz Flute Big Band (JFBB), which was formed in 2005 and has been performing at various events across the country ever since. Before dismissing it out of hand, give the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival Announces Final Lineup For Oct. 4-13 Event

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival Announces Final Lineup For Oct. 4-13 Event

Williams College Jazz Ensemble Added to Headline Event A Signature Musical Happening of the Fall Foliage Season Pittsfield, Mass: Berkshires Jazz, Inc. has announced the final lineup for the 8th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, which runs from Oct. 4-13 in various venues in downtown Pittsfield. A signature cultural event of the Fall Foliage season in the Berkshire Hills ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Ladder Is High, Women Keep Climbing

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Unlike college sports, there is no Title IX program for women in jazz. Those who wish to pursue that line of endeavor have to elbow their way into what remains essentially a male-dominated profession (or art) and keep climbing the ladder one rung at a time. True, women have made notable inroads in recent years and ...

NEWS: EVENT

Berkshires Jazz Announces 2012 Programming, Student Art Contest Winners

PITTSFIELD, MA: Berkshires Jazz, Inc., which organizes and presents festivals, concerts, and other jazz events in Berkshire County, has announced the winners of its annual Student Art Contest, as well as its 2012 season programming. Performance highlights include: a special concert on May 4 at the conclusion of Pittsfield's first “First Friday Artswalk"; the new Berkshires ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Wofford / Holly Hofmann Quintet: Turn Signal

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Down in out-of-the-way San Diego, California (that's out-of-the-way in a New York-centric jazz world), flautist Holly Hofmann and pianist Mike Wofford have been steadily making world-class jazz for a couple of decades. Wofford--who has spent much of his career in supporting roles, backing vocalists Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, saxophonists Zoot Sims and Benny Carter, and ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra / Tim Davies Big Band / New England Jazz Ensemble

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John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra

Our First Set

Self Published

2010

Those who mourn the passing of the great trombonists Rob McConnell and Dave McMurdo and, with them, two of the most renowned big bands Canada has ever produced, should take substantial comfort from this superlative debut recording ...