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Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America

Read "Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

From the latter part of the Jazz Age through the Swing Era, big bands dominated the jazz scene and a large part of the entertainment industry. After World War II, their fortunes declined, but their music soared to new heights, spurred on by innovative leaders, instrumentalists, and very importantly, the composers/arrangers who worked behind the scenes ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sammy Nestico

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sammy Nestico

All About Jazz is celebrating Sammy Nestico's birthday today!

At the age of 17, Sammy Nestico became the staff arranger for ABC radio station, WCAE, Pittsburgh, Pa. He received his B.S. degree in music education from Duquesne University, and has been honored three times by the school with an honorary Doctor of Music degree, the ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

The Sammy Nestico Sessions

The Sammy Nestico Sessions

The swingin'est arranger around today is Sammy Nestico. In fact, Sammy probably has held that title since the late 1960s, when he first arranged Count Basie's album Straight Ahead. My first encounter with Sammy's finger-snapping scores was in the early 1970s, when I was in high school. As member of the school's dance band, I recall ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kurt Jarnberg: Down Memory Lane, Vols 3 and 4

Read "Down Memory Lane, Vols 3 and 4" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For some of us, Memory Lane is much longer and far more crowded than it once was. Be that as it may, any trip there remains a pleasurable experience, more so when the guide is Swedish trombonist / trumpeter Kurt Jarnberg who employs his quartet, quintet, big band and a host of talented guest artists to ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sammy Nestico

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sammy Nestico

All About Jazz is celebrating Sammy Nestico's birthday today!

At the age of 17, Sammy Nestico became the staff arranger for ABC radio station, WCAE, Pittsburgh, Pa. He received his B.S. degree in music education from Duquesne University, and has been honored three times by the school with an honorary Doctor of Music degree, the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tyler Mire Big Band: #Office for the Day

Read "#Office for the Day" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Social Media has spewed forth a cornucopia of emoticons, symbols, and catchphrases that have Twittered their way into Webster's. The title of trumpeter/composer/arranger Tyler Mire's (pronounced “Meer") latest effort -"#Office for the Day" -is one example of a phrase that's particularly loved by musicians. However, there's nothing common or over-washed out about this latest fine effort ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nebraska Jazz Orchestra: NJO 40

Read "NJO 40" reviewed by Jack Bowers

NJO 40, the latest CD by the superlative Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, salutes the NJO's first forty years by presenting a series of in-concert recordings taped between 2010-15 whose roster of guest soloists on Tracks 1-10 reads like a who's who of renowned jazz artists from coast to coast. Tack on exemplary charts by Tom Kubis, Eric ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Collegiate Jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Read "Collegiate Jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola" reviewed by Nick Catalano

For the better part of a decade I've escorted my jazz class at Pace University on trips to Dizzy's to see the Manhattan School of Music Concert Jazz Band perform. The series was forged by veteran jazz academic Justin DiCioccio whose leadership and programming has prompted a rarely noticed success of Collegiate jazz bands across the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Tom Green: A Man And His Trombone

Read "Tom Green: A Man And His Trombone" reviewed by Nick Davies

Tom Green is a trombonist, composer and arranger described as “a new rising star in the British jazz scene" by Nigel Williams (Jazz FM). In 2014 he was mentioned three times as Jazzwise “One to Watch," and was the recipient of a Help Musicians UK Emerging Excellence award. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sammy Nestico

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sammy Nestico

All About Jazz is celebrating Sammy Nestico's birthday today!

At the age of 17, Sammy Nestico became the staff arranger for ABC radio station, WCAE, Pittsburgh, Pa. He received his B.S. degree in music education from Duquesne University, and has been honored three times by the school with an honorary Doctor of Music degree, the ...