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Joel Nichols Joins Kansas City Area Youth Jazz As Spokesperson, Emcee, Consultant

Joel Nichols Joins Kansas City Area Youth Jazz As Spokesperson, Emcee, Consultant

KC Area Youth Jazz is pleased to announce the addition of Media Relations Expert and Kansas City area Radio and Television Personality, Joel Nichols as an official Spokesperson, Concert Emcee, and Media Consultant. “I’ve known Christopher [Burnett] for many years and look forward to working with KC Area Youth Jazz,” Nichols said. “I’m looking forward to serving ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Richie Cole: Have Yourself an Alto Madness Christmas

Read "Have Yourself an Alto Madness Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Yes, there are jazz musicians who earn more bread than Richie Cole, and others who rank higher in the popularity contests that double as polls. There aren't many, however, who have more fun making music than the well-traveled alto saxophonist who, late in life, has found a place to call home in Pittsburgh, PA.

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

MCG Jazz does Christmas: New Holiday Releases From Ann Hampton Callaway and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra

Read "MCG Jazz does Christmas:  New Holiday Releases From Ann Hampton Callaway and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The inevitability of new Christmas albums often fills jazz journalists with dread. And while some may assume it's because we're a cynical breed with unreasonable standards and upturned noses, that couldn't be further from the truth (in most cases). The reason jazz journalists approach new Christmas albums with caution is simple: the number of slipshod, hastily-produced, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra: Joyful Jazz

Read "Joyful Jazz" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One way in which to launch an appraisal of this outstanding seasonal album, the first ever by the world-class Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, is to check out its candid--and uncommonly accurate--title. Joyful? Most definitely. Jazz? Without a doubt. For five years, the orchestra's annual holiday celebration has been a welcome tradition for families in the greater Pittsburgh ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Rob Parton Big Band: Christmas Time Is Here

Read "The Rob Parton Big Band: Christmas Time Is Here" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The only plausible impetus for releasing an album of Christmas themes so close to the holiday itself is the inclusion of music that transcends the season and may be auditioned and appreciated throughout the year. Trombonist Chris McDonald accomplished that with his splendid album In the Mood for Christmas, and trumpeter Rob Parton has mirrored that ...