Content by tag "Dan Block"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Charlotte Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Charlotte Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Perry Tannenbaum

Patina Miller, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Future of Jazz Orchestra, Maria Muldaur, Carlos Henriquez, Paul Nedzela, and Donna Hopkins
Charlotte Jazz Festival
Charlotte, NC
May 1-4, 2019

Presented by the Leon Levine Foundation and staged by Blumenthal Performing Arts, the Charlotte Jazz Festival is continuing to grow incrementally ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bill Warfield: For Lew

Read "For Lew" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “Lew" referred to on Renaissance man Bill Warfield's latest big-band album, For Lew, is the late trumpeter Lew Soloff, whom Warfield remembers in the liner notes as “my mentor, colleague, friend and inspiration." The inspiration arrived when the teen-age Warfield, who had switched from trumpet to piano after losing his front teeth in an auto ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2016: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz hit the silver screen in many ways throughout the year, and International Jazz Day continued to thrive--complete with a major all-star concert at the White House. Pop ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eyal Vilner Big Band: Almost Sunrise

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Suddenly, it seems, the state of Israel has become a focal point and incubator for contemporary jazz. A new wave of world-class musicians led by the three Cohens (not to be confused with Broadway's three Cohans) has crossed the ocean to plant the Israeli flag firmly in the midst of what was once considered an unassailable ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Colonic Youth, Andy Farber, Tal Ronen & Paquito D'Rivera

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Colonic Youth
Trans-Pecos
December 22, 2014

In the wintry wasteland, the new-ish Trans-Pecos venue did not seem to boast a particularly peachy set-up. It may or may not still be operated by Todd P, normally known as a promoter of slightly swerved rock outfits, and there were tales of this ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dan Block: Duality

Read "Duality" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sembra un album manifesto, questo del sassofonista Dan Block, come i Duets di Lee Konitz con musicisti dall'origine musicale disparata, da Ray Nance a Karl Berger. Block si diverte allo stesso modo sia che suoni standards, originals o la musica di Dimitri Shostakovich. Impressionante quello che riesce a fare! Si parte con uno standard di Jerome Kern ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vince Giordano: New York, NY, August 14, 2012

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Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Sofia's Restaurant
New York, NY
August 14, 2012
Vince Giordano receives well-deserved attention for the twenties and thirties repertoire he's brought to the radio on A Prairie Home Companion, films such as 2008's Revolutionary Road and 2004's The The Aviator, and most recently ...

Red Bank Jazz Orchestra: Strike Up The Band!

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Red Bank Jazz Orchestra

Strike Up The Band!

Hip City Jazz

2012



With the sheer number of ghost bands and regional orchestras currently active in America, many of which hold fast to the grave of sophisticated pre-war swing, the supply of tributes to our ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eyal Vilner Big Band: Introducing The Eyal Vilner Big Band

Read "Introducing The Eyal Vilner Big Band" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Most contemporary big band music is either of the heavily arranged, progressive jazz variety or the light-swing, Glenn Miller orchestral type played mainly for the benefit of nostalgic dancers. It is therefore refreshing to hear an ensemble that embraces the exuberance of mid-20th Century large groups and simultaneously delivers a bop-ish and elaborate sound.

Darmstadter Big Band / Alon Yavnai–NDR Big Band / Red Bank Jazz Orchestra

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Dartstadter Big Band

Kentomania

Self Published

2010

Of all the recorded tributes to the legendary Stan Kenton released during the centennial of his birth (2011), the Darmstadter Big Band's Kentomania (it's spelled that way on the jacket cover and disc) is unequaled for one reason alone: it has former Kenton ...