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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Count Basie Orchestra at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

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Count Basie Orchestra
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Scottsdale, Arizona
December 19, 2015

The Count Basie Orchestra solidified its 80-year reputation for strong swingability, inventive solo segments and supreme section cohesion during two back-to-back concerts on a tour in support of the band's first-ever Christmas-theme album. But those seasonal charts ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Buddy Rich: The Beat Goes On

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Was Buddy Rich really “the world's greatest drummer"? The answer to that speculative question is debatable, of course, and opinions may vary, as they no doubt do on what kind of a person (or persons) he was when not weaving his particular brand of magic behind a drum kit. Buddy's remarkable talents as a drummer and ...

Caution: Brief Column Ahead...

Read "Caution: Brief Column Ahead..." reviewed by Jack Bowers

This may be one of the shortest columns I've written in fourteen-plus years at All About Jazz. The fact is, not much has happened this month in our little corner of big band jazz, and there is almost nothing to report. About all we can do is look forward to events on the horizon: Jazz Under ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Loren Schoenberg: From Benny Goodman to The Savory Collection

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Saxophonist, band-leader and writer Loren Schoenberg, now Executive Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, spent an interesting childhood and teenager-hood growing up in New Jersey in the 1970s, meeting and befriending both Teddy Wilson and Hank Jones, and ultimately becoming employed by Wilson's famous '30s boss, Benny Goodman. Schoenberg was first an assistant to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Highlights from the 2010 Tanglewood Jazz Festival

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The annual Labor Day Weekend Tanglewood Jazz Festival took place this past weekend at the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Rich Bradway, the new media guru at Boston Symphony Orchestra was our roving reporter capturing highlights from the festival with a handheld and presented new video featurettes on Saturday ...

NEWS: EVENT

Doug Lawrence Session at Vernon's Jazz Club

Doug Lawrence Session at Vernon's Jazz Club

Vernon's Jazz Club
The Doug Lawrence Session
Wednesday nights
7:00-- 10:30
6844 4th Street NW
Village de Los Ranchos, Albuquerque
Just $5 general, $2 for musicians! Appetizers available. Come down for the DOUG LAWRENCE SESSION Wednesday evenings from 7:00-10:30 pm. Bring your axe- you just might get ...

Doug Lawrence & His Orchestra: Big Band Swing

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When one is employed as a sideman with the Count Basie Orchestra, as tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence has been for several years, he learns a thing or two about Big Band Swing. Lawrence has also worked for Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Grover Mitchell, Frank Wess, Loren Schoenberg, Tony Corbiscello and the Smithsonian, DMP and Manhattan and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Doug Lawrence: Streetwise

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There is always more room for a good tenor-guitar-organ combo. Tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence leads such a combo for his Alltribe debut. A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Lawrence has been performing since childhood. He currently leads the Doug Lawrence Orchestra and has recorded widely as a sideman and as a leader. For Streetwise, organist Dan ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Doug Lawrence: High Heel Sneakers

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There's a joyful spirit to the playing of Texas tenor Doug Lawrence (b. 1956). His energy and bright ideas are contagious. And if High Heel Sneakers, his second Fable Records release following last year's successful Soul Carnival , is any indication, his music is too. Lawrence, on the scene for two decades and only ...

Doug Lawrence: Soul Carnival

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Tenor saxophonist Lawrence has traveled an interesting road to his debut release as a leader. He was about to join Elvis Presley's backup band in Las Vegas in 1977 when the King died. He ended up joining the jazz band at West Point instead. He then served a long apprenticeship with, among others, the Count Basie ...