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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 3-4

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Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Concert 8: The Herdsmen -Bobby Shew meets Larry McKenna Trumpeter Bobby Shew is a well- known ...

Take Five with Chuck Redd

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About Chuck Redd
Chuck Redd is an internationally well-known performer on both drums and vibraphone. He began his career when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. He also became a member of the Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Byrd, and Herb Ellis.) To his credit are 25 European tours and six ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Diva: A Swingin' Life

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Back in 1967, Buddy Rich was one of the headliners on a summer replacement television broadcast for “The Jackie Gleason Show." If I remember correctly, the show's theme, which Rich and the band did was “Away We Go." It was subsequently released on a Pacific Jazz record The New One. Why is it that the opening ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Jazz Legend

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Woody Herman

Blue Flame: Portrait Of A Jazz Legend

Jazzed Media

2012

Innovation and boundary pushing is often seen as a young man's game, so the obvious question is, how did clarinetist/saxophonist/vocalist/bandleader extraordinaire Woody Herman manage to keep things fresh for virtually his entire half-century run? The answer is so ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

SuperSax Me

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Back in the early 1970s bassist Buddy Clark and saxophonist Med Flory conceived a brilliant idea: to form a group (primarily a reed section with rhythm) that would use orchestrated arrangements of saxophonist Charlie Parker's transcendent bop solos as the basis for its music. As for a name, nothing less than SuperSax would suffice. The nine-piece ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

"Pay Attention!" Celebrating Jake Hanna (August 8, 2010)

"Pay Attention!" Celebrating Jake Hanna (August 8, 2010)

The greatest artists have a way of making us comfortable. We see them, unannounced, come on the stage, and we relax and get ready to be delighted. “This is going to be wonderful!" we think, before the first note has been played. Hank Jones and Milt Hinton and Ruby Braff and Vic Dickenson and another dozen ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Norwich Jazz Party 2010

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Norwich Jazz Party
Norwich, UK
May 1-3, 2010
Norwich may well be one of the loveliest cities in Britain, but the May Day holiday weekend was wet and miserable, volcanic ash from Iceland was still threatening travel plans and even the exciting prospect of a General Election the following week ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Celebration of Jake Hanna's Life

Celebration of Jake Hanna's Life

Celebration of Jake Hanna's life Sunday

A celebration of Jake Hanna's life was held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday April 17th at Catalina Bar and Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. Hanna, known for his unerring sense of time, was at home playing with big bands and small groups. He performed with ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

For the Grand Prize: April Is . . . ?

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Did you know that April is Jazz Appreciation Month? Neither did I until I chanced upon a press release to that effect. According to the Smithsonian Institution's Smithsonian Jazz website, there are “celebrations in all 50 states and 40 countries." If I'm not mistaken, New Mexico is one of those 50 states, and no one here ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Jake Hanna Versatile Jazz Drummer Was in Merv Griffin's TV Show Band Dies

Jake Hanna Versatile Jazz Drummer Was in Merv Griffin's TV Show Band Dies

Hanna, known for his unerring sense of time, was at home playing with big bands and small groups. He performed with Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and Duke Ellington, among others.

Jake Hanna, a versatile drummer who played with such jazz figures as Woody Herman and was a longtime member of the band on Merv Griffin's television ...