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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

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

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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

Panel 3: Cousins -Moderated by Ken Borgers Moderated by Ken Borgers, this panel featured Woody Herman ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tierney Sutton Band at the Newman Center

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Tierney Sutton Band
Newman Center
Denver, Colorado
January 11, 2018

The Tierney Sutton Band has been known for some time as a unit that takes jazz standards and runs them through its magical musical box and something very, very different emerges. Usually, the results are somewhat recognizable, other times the ...

A Big Band Spectacular? You Bet Your Brass!

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On May 23, Betty and I flew to jny: Los Angeles to attend the L.A. Jazz Institute's semi-annual ode to swinging, this one labeled Big Band Spectacular and slated for Thursday through Sunday, May 25-28. We rearranged our schedule to arrive a day early, even before Wednesday's “bonus" event, to attend the funeral of a longtime ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian Eisenberg Jazz Orchestra: Sense of Gratitude

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L'orchestratore losangelino Brian Eisenberg debutta a capo della sua big band di 18 elementi presentando otto sue composizioni e un fresco arrangiamento di “Blackbird," il brano di Lennon e McCartney. Ha già ottenuto ottimi riconoscimenti (l'ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, una menzione al Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award, il John Philip Sousa Award, eccetera) ...

Sal Lozano: Everything's Gonna Be Great

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If you're looking for a superlative one-man saxophone section, better call Sal (Lozano). And if you need some dazzling charts to make that section shine, better phone Tom (Kubis, that is). After spending years as one of Southern California's leading sidemen, Sal Lozano has at last recorded an album under his own name, one on which ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian Eisenberg Jazz Orchestra: Sense of Gratitude

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Offering a palette of eight new originals and one cover tune, Sense of Gratitude is the very impressive debut album from the Brian Eisenberg Jazz Orchestra performing a session of modern jazz music that's challenging and engaging from beginning to end. Los Angeles-based composer/arranger and band leader, Brian Eisenberg is a graduate of San Diego State ...

Thom Douvan: All Over Again

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Hailing from Ann Arbor, MI, guitarist Thom Douvan launched his career in the 70s as an in-demand session artist for the Motown circuit, contributing to numerous hits by legends such as Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and many icons of that era. In addition to funk and R&B, he's a skilled jazz guitarist. With Douvan's third ...

Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra: Artistry

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On Artistry, the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra pays homage to one of Richmond's former employers, the legendary Stan Kenton, not by rehashing music performed by the Kenton Orchestra--no matter how forward-leaning that may have been--but rather by renovating a few themes associated with Kenton (and quite a few others that weren't) in the manner in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Grant Geissman: Bop! Bang! Boom!

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Grant Geissman's lengthy career as a guitarist and composer started in the early '70s. His résumé includes the guitar solo on flugelhornist Chuck Mangione's 1978 hit single “Feels So Good," a discography of around 15 albums as leader and compositions for TV such as the theme for the CBS comedy Two And A Half Men. Bop! ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tierney Sutton: American Road

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The name “Tierney Sutton Band" is not only inclusive but entirely appropriate, as Sutton, one of the current scene's most versatile and accomplished jazz singers, uses her supple voice as an instrument to complement those of pianist Christian Jacob, drummer Ray Brinker and bassists Trey Henry or Kevin Axt on American Road, the band's spacious and ...