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Jeff Presslaff

Jazz pianist, trombonist, and composer/arranger, JEFF PRESSLAFF, has become a mainstay of the Winnipeg jazz scene since moving from New York in 1997. Born in Manhattan, educated at Princeton and Wesleyan Universities, he has had a varied career working with many distinguished jazz and avant- garde musicians, including Benny Carter, Bill Barron, Ed Blackwell, Roswell Rudd, Sheila Jordan, Howard Levy, Stanley Jordan, George Garzone, Steve Nelson, Edgar Meyer, Sim Cain and many others. Jeff is also a teacher of great distinction, having served on the faculties of Princeton University, Bard College, Union College, and several others

Matty Stecks & Musical Tramps - Long Time Ago Rumble

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: LTAR I: Invocation; Siddhartha; LTAR II: The Gathering; MB Blues; LTAR III: Good & Evil; Modern Preternatural Rumble; LTAR IV: Pugilism; Heads or Tails; LTAR V: Ritualism; Begging the Beguine; Musical Tramps (2019); LTAR VI: Phases; Wish; LTAR VII: Antiquity (Peace); The Sloth; LTAR VIII: Counter Culture; Feel My Way Forward; Shape of Rumbles to Come; LTAR IX: Isolation; Somersault of the Earth

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Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra: Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait

Read "Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To commemorate Canada's one hundred-fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra commissioned eleven of the country's foremost jazz composers to write music “reflecting some aspect of Canada or being Canadian." The resulting Suite 150 was performed for appreciative audiences and recorded for posterity in November 2017 and March 2018 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

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Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra: Suite Messiah / Steppin' Out

Read "Suite Messiah / Steppin' Out" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suite Messiah, recorded in 2012 and 2014, is the third and most recent album produced by the excellent Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra from central Canada, while Steppin' Out was recorded in 2007 to mark the orchestra's tenth anniversary. Whereas Suite Messiah is altogether seasonal, Steppin' Out salutes the Great American Songbook by renovating a dozen of its ...


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