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ARTICLE: RADIO

Nichols, Newk with Kenny/Elmo, Prez & More

Read "Nichols, Newk with Kenny/Elmo, Prez & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We're rotating through our 2019 centenarians--this week Herbie Nichols with tracks from his first Blue Note LP. Our artist log tells me it's time for another deep dive into the vault, including another piano faceoff (because you loved the last one): this time Fats Waller versus Teddy Wilson & Art Tatum. There's more Newk too, recordings ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball"
Four Points by Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, CA
May 23-27, 2018

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Concert 4: Keen and Peachy: Music of the Woody Herman Second Herd -Directed by Michael Berkowitz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Mintzer: All L.A. Band

Read "All L.A. Band" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Ascoltando questo nuovo, scintillante, album orchestrale di Bob Mintzer mi chiedevo perchè si parli così poco di questo sassofonista e bandleader ormai 64enne. Dai primi anni ottanta ha diretto formidabili big band--incidendo una ventina di album -nel solco della tradizione mainstream che va da Count Basie a Thad Jones. In veste di autore ha scritto oltre ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Mark Masters Ensemble: Blue Skylight

Read "Blue Skylight" reviewed by Jack Bowers

California-based composer / arranger Mark Masters, who has already recorded salutes to Clifford Brown, Jimmy Knepper, Dewey Redman, Steely Dan, the Gershwin brothers and even the Duke Ellington saxophone section, directs his attention and considerable talents this time around to the music of a pair of legendary jazz trend-setters who were in many respects polar opposites: ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Mark Masters Ensemble: Blue Skylight

Read "Blue Skylight" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Mark Masters has made his name in the banderleader/arranger arena fronting The Mark Master Ensemble, in various forms, with personal tributes to past masters: saxophonist Dewey Redman, Duke Ellington, trumpeter Clifford Brown, and present master, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, who played as the featured artist on One Day With Lee (Capri Records (2000). These are all ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bob Mintzer: All L.A. Band

Read "All L.A. Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though saxophonist Bob Mintzer's name rests alone atop the marquee, the All L.A. Band is actually a mutual collaboration with acclaimed drummer Peter Erskine, one of Mintzer's colleagues in the Jazz Studies department at the University of Southern California. Besides occupying the drum chair, Erskine produced the album, while Mintzer composed and arranged its ten ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Slonaker Big Band: Intrada

Read "Intrada" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Don't be put off by the name. Intrada, composer / arranger Dave Slonaker points out, is “a musical form often composed as a prelude, overture or fanfare," one whose upbeat phrases give rise to an exhilarating curtain-raiser on Slonaker's initial big-band recording. Rest assured this is a world-class ensemble and there's no doubt whose steady hand ...

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Newport Beach Jazz Party 2012: Newport Beach, CA, February 16-19, 2012

Read "Newport Beach Jazz Party 2012: Newport Beach, CA, February 16-19, 2012" reviewed by Patricia Myers

12th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party
Newport Beach Marriot Hotel
Newport Beach, CA
February 16-19, 2012

An abundance of top-level jazz in the glamorous ocean-side setting of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel has made the annual Newport Beach Jazz Party one of the most popular on the circuit. The extended President's Day weekend event attracted ...

NEWS: EVENT

12th annual Newport Beach Jazz Party

By Patricia Myers Tributes to Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson,Chet Baker, Paul Desmond and the “Four Brothers" sound made famous by Woody Herman will be among the 44 sessions of the 12th annual Newport Beach Jazz Party, Feb. 16-19 in at the Newport Beach Marriott in southern California. This year's edition has the biggest advance sale in years, ...