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Tony Bray

Tony Bray studied jazz improvisation and jazz pedagogy with renowned educator Jerry Coker at the University of Tennessee. Also with William Scarlett, Bennie Wallace and Warne Marsh at this time. Graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Studio Music and Jazz. After college he went on to teach theory and production classes as part of the Commercial Music program at the Antelope Valley College in California. He was also responsible for setting up the first “Small Jazz Group” program at Cal State Northridge. Since then, Tony traveled the world as a sax player and keyboardist, playing music on cruise ships, clubs and casinos from Las Vegas to Singapore

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The Lancashire Students' Jazz Orchestra: Last Call

Read "Last Call" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Webster defines a “student” as, among other things, “an attentive and systematic observer.” The young musicians in the Lancashire Students’ Jazz Orchestra — whose average age, we’re told, is fifteen — have evidently been paying close attention to their teachers, as the orchestra is much better schooled than one would expect from those who are wrestling ...

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Frank Portolese: Last Call

Read "Last Call" reviewed by Jim Santella

This is a guitar lover’s album. Frank Portolese plays standards as they’ve been done before and he also turns it loose with a free spirit and a loose structure. Alternating groups, the guitarist works standards with piano trio for six tracks, stretches out with Brian Sandstrom and Rusty Jones for four, and paints the title track ...