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NEWS: RECORDING

"Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs," Cole's First Ballad Album In His 45-year Career, To Be Released Oct. 21

"Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs," Cole's First Ballad Album In His 45-year Career, To Be Released Oct. 21

Setting down roots in Pittsburgh two years ago has borne fruit for alto saxophonist Richie Cole in the form of his beautiful new album, Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs. The CD, his first all-ballads album, will be released on his Richie Cole Presents imprint on October 21. “I don’t play the saxophone, I sing the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”

Read "Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician, a repository of oral tradition who is often seen as a societal leader. Saxophonist Greg Osby recently was excited to meet some griots on his travels. While he is originally from jny: St. Louis, he himself is a griot in many senses of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nashville Jazz Orchestra: It Ain't Necesssarily So

Read "It Ain't Necesssarily So" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This splendid debut recording by the Nashville Jazz Orchestra is subtitled “New Twists on Gershwin Classics." No argument there, starting with the picturesque “Cuban Overture" from 1932 and encompassing a trio of songs from the folk opera Porgy and Bess, which premiered three years later. Also on the bill of fare are the standards “But Not ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt White: The Super Villain Jazz Band

Read "The Super Villain Jazz Band" reviewed by Jeffrey Uhrich

In the midst of its long tradition as home of country music, Nashville is also home to a burgeoning and very vibrant jazz scene. Matt White and the musicians that comprise White's debut, The Super Villain Jazz Band, are proof that Nashville is generating world-class jazz musicians that can contend with any challengers from the east ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?

Read "Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Betty and I returned to Albuquerque on Memorial Day after attending Swingin' on a Riff, the latest in a series of marvelous semi-annual events presented by Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute for more than twenty years at venues in and around L.A. This one was held May 23-26 at the Los Angeles Marriott ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Artists Recording Collective Label Celebrates 5-year Anniversary

Artists Recording Collective Label Celebrates 5-year Anniversary

The Artists Recording Collective celebrated its 5th anniversary on Pearl Harbor Day this month. Also, commonly known as ARC, the company is a registered Kansas Limited Liability Company (LLC) in good standing that is based in the scenic Kansas City metropolitan area at Leavenworth. ARC is simply a recording label and low intensity marketing platform that utilizes an innovative business ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Dani Felber Big Band / Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra / Jazz Composer's Workshop Orchestra

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Dani Felber Big Band

More Than Just Friends

Self Published

2010

Before hazarding any premature comment about the merits of this new album by Swiss bandleader Dani Felber, it must be noted at the outset that one of Felber's good friends is former Count Basie stalwart Frank Foster whose even-handed ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Don Aliquo: The Man, The Music, The Journey

Read "Don Aliquo: The Man, The Music, The Journey" reviewed by Ludwig vanTrikt

Geography is a central theme in the life and artistry of Pittsburgh's native son, Don Aliquo. The saxophonist, educator and bandleader is part of a rich steel town jazz lineage which includes his father, Don Aliquo Sr., a performing artist and teacher in his own right. There is also a metaphorical geography, in which Aliquo covers ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Saxophonist Don Aliquo Interviewed at AAJ

Saxophonist Don Aliquo Interviewed at AAJ

Geography is a central theme in the life and artistry of Pittsburgh's native son, Don Aliquo. The saxophonist, educator and bandleader is part of a rich steel town jazz lineage which includes his father, Don Aliquo Sr., a performing artist and teacher in his own right. There is also a metaphorical geography, in which Aliquo covers ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Southern Excursion Quartet: Trading Post

Read "Trading Post" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Non sono esordienti i componenti di questo nuovo ensemble attivo a Memphis, attuale residenza di Michael Jefry Stevens. Assieme al pianista troviamo l'interessante sassofonista Don Aliquo, il bassista Tom Giampietro e il batterista Jonathan Wires. Tutti, a parte Stevens, sono musicisti operanti prevalentemente nell'area sud-orientale degli States e la musica ne riflette gli umori caldi e appassionati. Lo stile del ...