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The Flying Horse Big Band: The Bat Swings!

Read "The Bat Swings!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although The Bat Swings! could well be taken for a baseball analogy, the focus of this third CD by the University of Central Florida's high-powered Flying Horse Big Band is on music associated with the campy Batman TV series from the late 1960s that starred Adam West as the masked superhero and Burt Ward as his ...

Jazzing Up Childhood Memories

Read "Jazzing Up Childhood Memories" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Jazz musicians today sometimes draw on all sorts of popular culture for inspiration, including the television shows they grew up with. Here are two fine examples.

The Flying Horse Big Band
The Bat Swings!
Flying Horse Records
2018

The University of Central Florida's Flying Horse Big Band presents a ...

Jeff Rupert and Richard Drexler: Imagination

Read "Imagination" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a YAMAHA performing artist. His credits include recordings and tours with: Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, and Benny Carter's Grammy winning Harlem Renaissance. Jeff Rupert toured for fifteen years with Sam Rivers; four albums ensued, and from 1997-2002 he toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson. Rupert is a Pegasus ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

The Toughest High School Jazz Competition Goes National

The Toughest High School Jazz Competition Goes National

Orlando, FL - “It’s the only talent competition of its kind in North America,” Jeff Rupert, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF) said Monday. Five* of the nation’s best high school age Jazz musicians will come to Orlando in March, 2014, to perform with the UCF All-Star High School Jazztet, that will open for ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jeff Berlin: Still the Ace of Bass

Read "Jeff Berlin: Still the Ace of Bass" reviewed by John Patten

Through the course of a four-decade career, Jeff Berlin has refused to end his musical quest. He crafted a popping, percussive style so thoroughly ingrained in the recordings of the 1980s, it's nearly ubiquitous. His work with Bill Bruford, whom he met during a stint with Yes, led to further innovations in playing.

More recently, ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Ybor Jazz Festival Set for Nov. 2-7 at the HCC Campus

Jazz festivals in Tampa have come and gone, and most--like the USF Jazz Festival and the Ybor Jazz Festa--have been short-lived, if often impressive.

Now here comes the first Ybor Jazz Festival, and its slogan and lineup make clear its musical intentions: “There's nothing smooth about it!"

Some of the area's finest jazz artists, including pianists ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Richard Drexler: Se

Read "Se" reviewed by Andrew Rowan

Pianist/bassist/vocalist Richard Drexler has crafted an eclectic recording, full of fire and humor, saluting the music of Johannes Brahms reinvented through Latin American rhythms. Along the way he also tips his hat to American popular music.

The imaginative Drexler uses the vallenato and cumbia (Columbia), tango (Argentina), bolero (Cuba), merengue, pasajes and gaitas (Venezuela), ...