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Count Basie Orchestra at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

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Count Basie Orchestra
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Scottsdale, Arizona
December 19, 2015

The Count Basie Orchestra solidified its 80-year reputation for strong swingability, inventive solo segments and supreme section cohesion during two back-to-back concerts on a tour in support of the band's first-ever Christmas-theme album. But those seasonal charts ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dennis Rowland Benefit Concert at the Herberger Theater Center

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Dennis Rowland Benefit Concert
Herberger Theater Center
Phoenix, AZ
November 6, 2013

Monica Mancini headlined a troupe of national and local musicians to perform a benefit concert for former Count Basie Orchestra vocalist Dennis Rowland, raising funds for his stroke rehabilitation and ongoing health care. Nine singers and a dozen instrumentalists delivered ...

Caution: Brief Column Ahead...

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This may be one of the shortest columns I've written in fourteen-plus years at All About Jazz. The fact is, not much has happened this month in our little corner of big band jazz, and there is almost nothing to report. About all we can do is look forward to events on the horizon: Jazz Under ...

The "Desert Island" Revisited

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Back in the last millennium, shortly after this column first saw the light of day, I posted a list of twenty “desert island" albums, those that would be snugly ensconced in a crash-proof, water-tight carrying case should yours truly ever be marooned on a miniature atoll with nothing to relieve the boredom save palm trees, coconuts, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Marching to a Jazz Tempo

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March came in like a lion in Albuquerque with no less than four blue-chip jazz concerts in the first five days, three of which I attended, passing on the first (the Charlie Christian Project featuring guitarist Michael Anthony and trumpeter Bobby Shew at The Outpost Performance Space) because Betty and I had seen basically the same ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's Off To Jazz We Go . . .

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Just west of Albuquerque, across the Rio Grande River, lies the picturesque village of Corrales (population around 7,500). Among its residents (and natural resources) is world-renowned jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew. With a musician of his caliber within arm's reach, it would have been imprudent not to call upon him to take part in the village's Music ...

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Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Festival 2010

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Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Festival
Poco Diablo Resort
Sedona, AZ
October 2, 2010

After a year's hiatus due to financial problems, the 29th Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Festival promised a “ReJAZZination," aimed at boosting attendance by having more blues and R&B. Unfortunately, the festival's original jazz focus suffered because the sounds ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

It's Time for the News! But First, a Brief Report from Sick Bay...

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August 2010 has been an interesting month. A few weeks ago I noticed a slight twinge in the right shoulder. The twinge soon became an ache, followed by loss of mobility and muscle tone in the right arm. The pain varies but is always there. As this is being written, I can raise the right arm ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Back from Russia, Rowland's Voice is Still Going Strong

Back from Russia, Rowland's Voice is Still Going Strong

By Kellie Hwang, for The Arizona Republic

Local jazz singer Dennis Rowland has a bit of a cough. And no one could blame the Valley legend, who just returned from Russia following a tour of Asia and Europe.

Of course, a little cold never stopped the jazz veteran, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dennis Rowland: Now Dig This!: A Vocal Celebration Of Miles Davis

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When a jazz artist announces that he/she is doing a Miles Davis tribute, the question is, “Which Miles? The cool Miles? Modal Miles? Fusion Miles?" On Now Dig This!, singer Dennis Rowland's primary emphasis is on Miles in the late '50s, when the trumpeter was recording a great deal of standards. In fact, Rowland embraces only ...