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Lou Caputo Not So Big Band: Uh Oh!

Read "Uh Oh!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Uh Oh! is the third recording by multi-instrumentalist Lou Caputo's Not So Big Band, which has been performing in New York City for more than a decade. The band's name epitomizes its relatively spare front line: two trumpets, three saxophones, trombone and tuba. There is, on the other hand, nothing spare about the band's ability to ...

Gerry Mulligan: The Emarcy Sextet Recordings

Read "Gerry Mulligan: The Emarcy Sextet Recordings" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

While there are many reasons why the cool jazz movement on the west coast was a somewhat short-lived era, one of the key aspects of its quiet demise was the decidedly harder-edged music coming out of New York at about the same time period. Back around 1955, hard bop was making its ascendency and this might ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Zoot Fest 2014

Zoot Fest 2014

Jazz enthusiasts, get ready for a day of listening pleasure! Tickets are now on sale for East Stroudsburg University's fourth annual Zoot Fest, a day of jazz music honoring legends Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. Zoot Fest will take place from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the Innovation Center, located at ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Scott Reeves Quintet with Duane Eubanks: Nyack, NY, November 30, 2012

Read "Scott Reeves Quintet with Duane Eubanks: Nyack, NY, November 30, 2012" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Scott Reeves Quintet with Duane Eubanks
Nyack Library Carnegie Room
Nyack, NY
November 30, 2012

There are a number of reasons why tribute concerts, a staple of today's live performance landscape, go awry. When an MC emits an endless stream of hyperbole, or offers a history lesson reminiscent of the ones that put high school ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Stars on the Horizon

Read "Stars on the Horizon" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even before Groovin' Hard, the Los Angeles Jazz Institute's latest foray into the world of contemporary jazz, kicked off its four-day run (October 11-14) at the Marriott LAX Hotel, a letter arrived from LAJI director Ken Poston announcing details of next May's extravaganza, also at the Marriott. The theme is Big Band Spectacular, and the bands ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

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

Read "Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's Off To Jazz We Go . . ." reviewed by Jack Bowers

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 ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Gerry Mulligan / J.J. Johnson / Sarah Vaughan / Misha Mengelberg & Piet Noordijk: Live At Concertgebouw

Read "Gerry Mulligan / J.J. Johnson / Sarah Vaughan /  Misha Mengelberg & Piet Noordijk: Live At Concertgebouw" reviewed by David Rickert

The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam was a stop for quite a few notable jazz musicians during the 1950s and '60s, and for the past few years the Dutch Jazz Archive has released a concert from their archive at the rate of one per year. Judging by what has been released, it seems that many of these musicians ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ray Scro: What Jazz Education Means

Read "Ray Scro: What Jazz Education Means" reviewed by AJS

For Ray Scro, music education is a redundancy. He's been performing, studying and teaching music for nearly fifty years in his home of Staten Island, and throughout New York City. In the early seventies Scro studied under saxophonist and guru Lee Konitz, and he's played with Jimmy Knepper, Chuck Wayne, Charlie Persip, and Chico Hamilton, among ...

NEWS: EVENT

Celebration of Fred Smith's Birthday with Travel Through the History of Jazz: Part 2-- The Jazz Age: Swing is the Thing

Celebration of Fred Smith's Birthday with Travel Through the History of Jazz: Part 2-- The Jazz Age: Swing is the Thing

Fred Smith is an icon of our times. He has amassed an incredible wealth of experience as a performing musician and jazz historian. To celebrate Fred's birthday is a celebration of Fred's life. To experience Fred Smith is but a gift! Jazz historian Clarence Irving, multi-instrumentalist Premik Russell Tubbs and many others will be on board ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Sam Stephenson: A "Loft-y" Vision of Jazz

Read "Sam Stephenson: A "Loft-y" Vision of Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

When, in 1997, writer, scholar, and archivist Sam Stephenson serendipitously came across audio tapes, photographs and other documents involving jazz musicians congregating in photographer W. Eugene Smith's Manhattan loft in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he was surprised as anyone. The wall of cartons had been unopened since before Smith's death in 1978. Stephenson and ...