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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jay Thomas with the Oliver Groenewald NewNet: I Always Knew

Read "I Always Knew" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There aren't many jazz musicians who play both brass and woodwinds, fewer still who play them as well as the veteran Seattle-based virtuoso Jay Thomas (the word “virtuoso" is used with due care). On I Always Knew, recorded in January 2018 with German-born trumpeter / arranger Oliver Groenewald's NewNet, Thomas traverses the ballad form on a ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The UNT One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2016

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The year ending in May 2016 was quite an eventful time for the University of North Texas' flagship One O'Clock Lab Band. Besides hosting regular concerts and clinics in Denton and the surrounding area and holding its three yearly performances in Fort Worth, the band welcomed acclaimed drummer Dennis Mackrel as guest artist for its fall ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brisbane International Jazz Festival 2015

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Brisbane International Jazz Festival
Various locations
jny:Brisbane, Australia
June 3-8, 2015

Celebrating its third edition, the Brisbane International Jazz Festival may be one of Australia's youngest jazz festivals but the state of Queensland is no stranger to jazz. The non-profit organisation Jazz Queensland has been curating concerts, developing audiences and working ...

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

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As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Tim Nikolsky: Australian Jazz Real Book

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Australian Jazz Real Book

Tim Nikolsky

662 pages

ISBN: 979-­0-­9009613-­5-­8

Australian Jazz Real Book

2013

It's been five years in the making, but finally, Melbourne guitarist Tim Nikolsky's one-man crusade to assemble an Australian Jazz Real Book has succeeded. In fact, as Nikolsky related ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Newport Beach Jazz Party: Newport Beach, CA, February 14-17, 2013

Read "Newport Beach Jazz Party: Newport Beach, CA, February 14-17, 2013" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Newport Beach Jazz Party
Newport Beach, CA
February 14-17, 2013
Thursday was Valentine's Day and the kickoff for the 13th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party at the Marriott Hotel, Southern California. This four-day event combined two holidays, Valentine's & President's Weekend, bringing together some 70 great musicians, playing day and night--evening concerts in the Grand Pacific ...

NEWS: RECORDING

James Morrison Releases "Snappy Too" on Aleph Records

James Morrison Releases "Snappy Too" on Aleph Records

Snappy Too is the Follow-Up to the Gold Certified Album Snappy Doo Los Angeles, CA: Aleph Records will release James Morrison’s new recording Snappy Too on September 11, 2012. The album is the sequel to the 1990 release Snappy Doo, which featured Morrison along with three legendary artists (Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, and Jeff Hamilton) creating a ...

James Morrison / Tall & Small / Millennium Jazz Orchestra

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James Morrison

Snappy Too

Morrison Records

2012

The first question that arises about Snappy Too, the latest mind-blowing enterprise by Aussie James Morrison, is how is it to be filed: under “big band" or “duo"? The fact is, the album is both, as the personnel consists of Jeff Hamilton on ...

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, ...