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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center

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Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops
“Uptown Nights"
The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA
March 1, 2019

The Philly Pops' “Uptown Nights," as the title implies, revealed itself to be a festive show that featured the music of the 1920s through the 1940s when ...

NEWS: EVENT

Artists Announced For The Jazz Cruise '18 New Port Of Call In New Orleans Will Capture The Spirit Of NOLA On Board And On Shore

Artists Announced For The Jazz Cruise '18  New Port Of Call In New Orleans Will Capture The Spirit Of NOLA On Board And On Shore

Although it has been barely six weeks since The Jazz Cruise, Entertainment Cruise Productions’ flagship offering, completed its 16th sailing, the line-up of artists who have signed on for 2018 has been finalized. Since 2001, The Jazz Cruise has presented the very best straight-ahead jazz in the world, and with nearly 100 jazz musicians set to ...

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Columbus Jazz Orchestra Pays Tribute To The King Of Swing In Bravo, Benny!: The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert

Columbus Jazz Orchestra Pays Tribute To The King Of Swing In Bravo, Benny!: The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert

Columbus, OH – Under the direction of world-renowned band leader and trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO) continues to break new ground while honoring the rich heritage of America’s classical music – jazz. On March 13-16 at the Southern Theatre, the CJO pays tribute to the “King of Swing” and his famous 1938 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band: Home: The Columbia, MO Sessions, Vol. 1

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An observation worth repeating: college jazz ensembles keep getting better and better. And that's a good thing. Furthermore, they no longer reside for the most part in larger cities on the east or west coasts, but are emerging more often in such mid-sized hamlets as, say, Columbia, MO, better known for jump shots and touchdowns than ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

The Newly Minted Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia

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The newly minted Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia is an exciting, ambitious project co-founded by renowned trumpeter and Temple University educator Terell Stafford and intrepid jazz supporter Deena Adler, Odean Pope's manager. The Orchestra has already made waves in the Philly jazz community through its two performances in the Courtyard of City Hall, symbolizing its close connection ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Rob Parton Big Band: Christmas Time Is Here

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The only plausible impetus for releasing an album of Christmas themes so close to the holiday itself is the inclusion of music that transcends the season and may be auditioned and appreciated throughout the year. Trombonist Chris McDonald accomplished that with his splendid album In the Mood for Christmas, and trumpeter Rob Parton has mirrored that ...

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"Swingin' The New Year" With Columbus Jazz Orchestra All-Stars Byron Stripling, Bobby Floyd & Special Guest Jamey Aebersold

"Swingin' The New Year" With Columbus Jazz Orchestra All-Stars Byron Stripling, Bobby Floyd & Special Guest Jamey Aebersold

Columbus, OH – The Jazz Arts Group’s Inside Track series continues its 2013-14 season at the historic Lincoln Theatre with Columbus Jazz Orchestra all-stars Byron Stripling and Bobby Floyd in “Swingin’ the New Year” on Saturday, December 28. Byron and Bobby lead a small group with a celebration that is sure to beat the post-holiday blues ...

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Columbus Jazz Orchestra Opens 2013-14 Season With "What The World Needs Now: Bacharach, Brubeck & Beyond"

Columbus Jazz Orchestra Opens 2013-14 Season With "What The World Needs Now: Bacharach, Brubeck & Beyond"

Columbus, OH: Under the direction of world-renowned band leader and trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO) continues to break new ground while honoring the rich heritage of America's classical music – jazz. The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) kicks off the 2013-14 Swingin' with the CJO season with “What the World Needs ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Conrad Herwig: There's Nothing Else

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Talking about some of his great influences in jazz, Conrad Herwig points out that it's important to look beyond their achievements on their instruments. “Sometimes during a musician's lifetime, people put so much emphasis on their virtuosity as a player that they don't really think about the vehicle of their expression--their compositions." Herwig was speaking of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bria Skonberg: So is the Day

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It's a rare talent that can straddle--and dare request membership in--the trumpet artist continuum emanating from Louis Armstrong and progressing down through his “Neo Orleans" progeny: Byron Stripling, Wynton Marsalis and Nicholas Payton (whose big band trumpet section Skonberg graces). However, with her bravura performance on So is the Day, Bria Skonberg confirms that she is ...