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Rupert & Drexler: R&D

Read "R&D" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Between them, longtime collaborators (and University of Central Florida professors), saxophonist Jeff Rupert and pianist Richard Drexler have played on hundreds of recordings ranging from Diane Schuur, Mel Torme, Sam Rivers, Mose Allison, Tony Bennett and the Woody Herman Orchestra, to name just a few. So it comes as no surprise that R & D, recorded ...

The Flying Horse Big Band: The Bat Swings!

Read "The Bat Swings!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although The Bat Swings! could well be taken for a baseball analogy, the focus of this third CD by the University of Central Florida's high-powered Flying Horse Big Band is on music associated with the campy Batman TV series from the late 1960s that starred Adam West as the masked superhero and Burt Ward as his ...

Jazzing Up Childhood Memories

Read "Jazzing Up Childhood Memories" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Jazz musicians today sometimes draw on all sorts of popular culture for inspiration, including the television shows they grew up with. Here are two fine examples.

The Flying Horse Big Band
The Bat Swings!
Flying Horse Records

The University of Central Florida's Flying Horse Big Band presents a ...

Flying Horse Big Band: Big Man on Campus

Read "Big Man on Campus" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Big Man on Campus on the fifth recording by the University of Central Florida's dexterous Flying Horse Big Band is composer / arranger / tenor saxophonist Harry Allen who wrote and arranged five of the album's eleven numbers and solos brightly on seven including Henry Mancini's amiable “Dreamsville," Billy Strayhorn's happy-go-lucky “Raincheck" and Antonio Carlos ...

Jeff Rupert and Richard Drexler: Imagination

Read "Imagination" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a YAMAHA performing artist. His credits include recordings and tours with: Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, and Benny Carter's Grammy winning Harlem Renaissance. Jeff Rupert toured for fifteen years with Sam Rivers; four albums ensued, and from 1997-2002 he toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson. Rupert is a Pegasus ...


Channeling two jazz tenor titans

Channeling two jazz tenor titans

Tenor saxophonists Lew Del Gatto and Jeff Rupert channeled the spirit and hard-driving swing of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims in their Friday matinee concert at the Venice (FL) Art Center. The South County Jazz Club event teamed the two tenors with pianist Richard Drexler, bassist Don Mopsick and drummer Tony Vigilante. All of the music they ...


The Toughest High School Jazz Competition Goes National

The Toughest High School Jazz Competition Goes National

Orlando, FL - “It’s the only talent competition of its kind in North America,” Jeff Rupert, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF) said Monday. Five* of the nation’s best high school age Jazz musicians will come to Orlando in March, 2014, to perform with the UCF All-Star High School Jazztet, that will open for ...


The Jazz Professors: Live from the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival / Do That Again

Read "The Jazz Professors: Live from the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival / Do That Again" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Jazz Professors aren't wearing any hats they don't own; the fact is, they really are Professors in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Instead of letting the students have all the fun, however, the Professors have recorded three albums of their own, the second Live from UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival, ...


University of Central Florida Jazz Ensemble 1: Jazz Town / The Blues Is Alright

Read "University of Central Florida Jazz Ensemble 1: Jazz Town / The Blues Is Alright" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The state of Florida, not usually thought of as a hotbed of jazz, has become a breeding ground for those who may someday be counted among the music's best and brightest, thanks to the state's several widely praised undergraduate Jazz Studies programs that are churning out well-schooled musicians almost as fast as Ben and Jerry's churns ...


JazzWeek Radio Chart: November 30, 2009

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 4 1 Eric Alexander Revival Of The Fittest (HighNote) 167 190 -23 1 46 1 9 2 1 3 Jeff Hamilton Trio Symbiosis (Capri) 166 236 -70 0 40 1 9 3 3 4 Poncho Sanchez Psychedelic Blues (Concord) 163 195 -32 0 40 2 10 4 6 7 Houston Person Mellow (HighNote) 149 171 -22 1 42 4 6 5 2 2 Joey DeFrancesco Snapshot (HighNote) 147 220 -73 2 50 1 6 6 23 39 Oliver Jones & Hank Jones Pleased To Meet You (Justin Time) 144 99 +45 10 52 6 3 7 16 27 Roni Ben-Hur Fortuna (Motema) 136 120 +16 2 42 7 3 8 10 4 Roy Hargrove Big Band Emergence (Emarcy) 128 136 -8 1 34 1 15 9 7 8 Cedar Walton Voices Deep Within (HighNote) 121 153 -32 0 44 6 9 10 18 12 Jackie Ryan Doozy (Open Art) 119 113 +6 0 35 1 19 11 13 21 Graham Dechter Right On Time (Capri) 116 128 -12 1 33 11 9 12 5 6 Gerald Wilson Orchestra Detroit ...