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Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America

Read "Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

From the latter part of the Jazz Age through the Swing Era, big bands dominated the jazz scene and a large part of the entertainment industry. After World War II, their fortunes declined, but their music soared to new heights, spurred on by innovative leaders, instrumentalists, and very importantly, the composers/arrangers who worked behind the scenes ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Boston Celebration: The Legacy of Bob Brookmeyer

Read "Boston Celebration: The Legacy of Bob Brookmeyer" reviewed by Doug Hall

Bob Brookmeyer: A Celebration
Jordan Hall
Boston, MA
March 1, 2018

The on-going celebration of New England Conservatory's 150th anniversary brought well deserved attention to the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation departments for the 2017-2018 performance season. On March 1st, at Jordan Hall, NEC presented a very special tribute ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & Whatsnext?: Resolution

Read "Resolution" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Turkish multi-instrumentalist, composer and ethnomusicologist Mehmet Ali Sanlikol has a wide variety of interests and clearly isn't afraid to think big. His second album, Resolution features two distinct ensembles: a 19-member jazz orchestra and a 12- member jazz combo. Each track, except for “A Dream in Nihavend" and the set closing “Love Theme from Ergenkon," features ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Christine Jensen: Impressionism

Read "Christine Jensen: Impressionism" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

I was first exposed to alto saxophonist Christine Jensen through working with her trumpet playing sister Ingrid Jensen. We played some of her music, which really struck me as direct, mature, grounded and highly creative. Later on I got to meet ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Hollenbeck's September Songs

Read "John Hollenbeck's September Songs" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

John Hollenbeck's productivity would be astonishing in its own right, but the uniformly high quality of this high output places the drummer among the top tier of jazz (and not only jazz) musicians. Hollenbeck's recordings, compositions and performances defy certain expectations. He can be as seriously intellectual as a stereotypically stuffy classical musician, but his music ...