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The Brian Setzer Orchestra: 15th Anniversary Christmas Rocks! Tour at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra with the Lara Hope and the Ark-tones
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
15th Anniversary Christmas Rocks! Tour
Westbury, NY
November 27, 2018

Now in its 15th year, Brian Setzer's annual holiday tour has become a legendary extravaganza. The rockabilly guitarslinger loves Christmas and really gets into the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Putumayo Presents: Ska Around the World

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For casual fans and newcomers to the music of Jamaica (a growing number, given the popularity of the BBC / France 2 TV mystery series Death in Paradise and its Jamaican-infused soundtrack), the definitions of ska vs. reggae are likely too obscure to worry about. Much as only hardcore jazz fans worry about drilling into the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 9-Day, 17th Edition Starts June 22

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 9-Day, 17th Edition Starts June 22

The nine-day Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival returns to Rochester June 22 to June 30, presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 300-plus shows at 20 venues. The festival's 17th edition is presented in three series—the Club Pass series with 214 shows, the Headliner series of six shows and 97 free shows and events—all ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Brian Setzer Orchestra 2017 Christmas Rocks! Tour at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "The Brian Setzer Orchestra 2017 Christmas Rocks! Tour at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

The Brian Setzer Orchestra 2017 Christmas Rocks! Tour with the Texas Gentlemen
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
November 22, 2017

Brian Setzer's holiday tour has become an annual extravaganza. The man really gets into the Christmas spirit. The rockabilly and Americana guitarslinger has brought his holiday-themed spectacular along with his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tommy Igoe: The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy

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Jazz audiences in the Bay Area are starting to realize what their New York counterparts have known for years--namely, that drummer Tommy Igoe puts together a hell of a band and puts on a hell of a show.

Igoe, the man who gave rhythmic life to Broadway's The Lion King and changed the ...

A Few Frames Of Public Access Art

Read "A Few Frames Of Public Access Art" reviewed by Skip Heller

Music and television have always worked together, and through the history of the medium, apocolypses have happened because the world was tuned in together. Language quickly becomes hyperbole when people recall Elvis Presley or the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Ricky Nelson's fantastic weekly performances on his parents' show (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), any number ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Award-Winning Janiva Magness to Release "Stronger For It" March 13

Award-Winning Janiva Magness to Release "Stronger For It" March 13

On March 13, Alligator Records will release Stronger For It, the powerful and stunning new release from award-winning vocalist (and songwriter) Janiva Magness. Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today. Her voice possesses an earthy, raw honesty born from her life experience. Through her passionate vocals and, for the first ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

JC Stylles: Exhilaration And Other States

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The photos that adorn the cover and back panel of guitarist JC Stylles Exhilaration And Other States make Stylles look like a cross between a '50s rockabilly musician and a Brian Setzer wannabe, but his music has nothing to do with either one. The Australian-born and New York-based guitarist deals in burning organ trio swing, with ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Brian Setzer: Setzer Goes Instru-Mental!

BRIAN SETZER GIVES BLUEGRASS A ROCKABILLY SPIN ON NEW ALBUM OUT APRIL 19 With its forays into bluegrass and traditional jazz, Brian Setzer's new album Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL! (out April 19 on Surfdog Records) has the guitar legend testing new waters and putting his signature Stray Cat stamp on a few instrumental favorites. Setzer wrote six originals and revitalizes five jazz-bluegrass classics—"Blue ...

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Comes Alive

Read "Christmas Comes Alive" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Since 1994, former Stray Cats' guitarist Brian Setzer has led his own big band, specializing in a hybrid of rock and swing that was thought to have died with Bill Haley and the Comets. Also since that time, Setzer has made a cottage industry of playing holiday music with his big band, releasing Boogie Woogie Christmas ...