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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nat Hentoff: The Never-Ending Ball

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz on June 23, 2010.

Nat Hentoff was eleven years old when, walking down the road one day in Boston, he heard music so exciting that he shouted with pleasure and ran into the shop to learn that the music was of clarinetist Artie Shaw. In ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz Winter 2014

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Umbria Jazz Winter
Orvieto
28.12.2013-1.1.2014

Come sempre il cartellone di Umbria Jazz Winter, nel clima festoso a cavallo di Capodanno in vari prestigiosi spazi di Orvieto, si è presentato articolato, giostrando fra nomi più o meno noti, fra protagonisti italiani e americani. I nomi emergenti da non lasciarsi sfuggire ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TJI Ellington Big Band at Musical Instrument Museum

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TJI Ellington Big Band
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, Arizona
January 14, 2014

The Ellington Big Band of the Tucson Jazz Institute delivered an ambitious repertoire that ranged from Wynton Marsalis's complex “The Tree of Freedom" to a Pat Metheny chart, with plenty of Ellingtonia in between. This high school band was a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Warren Wolf: The Wizard of Vibes

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Warren Wolf has made his name by playing the vibes, which he does with aplomb. He's as much a virtuoso on the instrument as anyone, even including his jazz elders. That may be, in part, because he was influenced by the sound of Milt Jackson and studied with one of the best in Dave Samuels, while ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ron Westray / Thomas Heflin: Live from Austin

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A live recording is always a great chance to experience some of the core principles of jazz. Improvisation and spontaneity arise when musicians feel free and comfortable with the tunes and arrangements. A collaborative effort between trombonist Ron Westray and trumpeter Thomas Heflin, Live from Austin was recorded in 2009 at the Elephant Room, one of ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

2010 Jazz Legends Gala Honors George Wein, September 16 at Mission Ranch in Carmel

2010 Jazz Legends Gala Honors George Wein, September 16 at Mission Ranch in Carmel

Hosted by Clint and Dina Eastwood, Gala Celebration Features Dinner and Entertainment from 2010 MJF Artist-In-Residence, Vocalist Dianne Reeves

Proceeds Support Monterey Jazz Festival Education Programs

The Monterey Jazz Festival is pleased to announce that it will honor the legendary impresario, pianist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: Don't Be Afraid... The Music of Charles Mingus

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With the Mingus Big Band keeping the music of its namesake alive and flourishing, the question arises, is there a need for another band to canvass the same territory? Apparently the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra believes so, hence its newest album, Don't Be Afraid... The Music of Charles Mingus. Well, some of the music anyway, as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: Don't Be Afraid... The Music of Charles Mingus

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Six compositions by Charles Mingus give the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra something different to work with. The swing is still there, but each piece echoes with the emotional strength and ferocity that its composer espoused through his ensembles. As with the original, you get a powerful bass line that leads the way, and you get thrilling ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Paul Whiteman

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To appreciate how Paul Whiteman's Orchestra advanced music after the Ragtime Era an understanding of what preceded the First World War is required. Before recorded sound there was a piano in every house, John Philip Sousa's Marching Bands, Ringling Circus Bands, Community Bands, School Bands performed for every holiday or event in America. What most would ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: A Love Supreme

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Getting into the spirit of John Coltrane's seminal suite of reverential devotion, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra explores classic jazz from an emotional angle. They swing, and they move cohesively with a big band's full sense of itself; however, the orchestra does not succeed fully in bringing the kind of emotional feeling to the forum that ...