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ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Ladder Is High, Women Keep Climbing

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Unlike college sports, there is no Title IX program for women in jazz. Those who wish to pursue that line of endeavor have to elbow their way into what remains essentially a male-dominated profession (or art) and keep climbing the ladder one rung at a time. True, women have made notable inroads in recent years and ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra / Sammy Nestico-SWR Big Band / Gran Canaria Big Band

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Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra

Journey Home

Tbone Records

2011

Alan Broadbent and Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra: a rendezvous that took many years to bring about and is clearly long overdue--but as the saying goes, better late than never (in this case, much better!). Broadbent, a Grammy-winning composer / arranger ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chie Imaizumi: A Time of New Beginnings

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Dal natio Giappone alla Berklee School of Music: è la via di Chie Umaizumi, compositrice, direttrice ed arrangiatrice, alla guida di un gruppo “tutte stelle," che con A Time of New Beginnings arriva al suo secondo album (dopo Unfailing Kindness sempre per la Capri Records) nella nuova patria. Il suo è un mainstream che si fa ascoltare volentieri, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Tops in '10: The Best Big Band Albums of the Year

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The holiday season is upon us, which means it's a perfect time to name my choices for the best big band albums of 2010. Looking back, this was a better year for large ensembles than memory envisaged, and narrowing the list of candidates to 10 wasn't as easy as I thought it might be. Nevertheless, the ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchesta / Vaughn Wiester / Chie Imaizumi

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Buselli--Wallarab Jazz Orchestra

Mezzanine

Owl Studios

2010

After veering slightly off-course recently with several albums devoted in part to backing singers, the outstanding Indianapolis-based Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra is back in a more pleasing instrumental groove on Mezzanine, profiling the compositions and arrangements of co-leader / trombonist Brent Wallarab. The first ...

Recent Releases For Running

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[Editor's Note: Working Out to Jazz is a new All About Jazz column, devoted to providing jazz playlists for the purpose of working out. For his second installment, Chris Lawhorn's emphasis is on largely up-tempo tracks from a handful of recent releases. Check in with Working Out to Jazz regularly, for new workout music suggestions, as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chie Imaizumi: A Time of New Beginnings

Read "A Time of New Beginnings" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Two coasts and the Mile High City--therein lies the talent pool from which composer and arranger Chie Imaizumi selected her team. Soloists and leaders themselves, they form the orchestra for A Time of New Beginnings.

Imaizumi scored DownBeat Magazine's Rising Star Composer honor for her 2007 debut, Unfailing Kindness (Capri Records). That same year, ...

NEWS: RADIO

JazzWeek Radio Chart: August 23, 2010

TWLW2WArtistTWLWMoveAddRptsPeakWks1——Jim Pearce I’m In The Twilight Of A Mediocre Career (Self Released)258—+258174411235Tamir Hendelman Destinations (Resonance)224195+2925124323Curtis Fuller I Will Tell Her (Capri)187201-14051110412Kenny Burrell Be Yourself (HighNote)176228-52150165——Esperanza Spalding Chamber Music Society (Heads Up)15029+121158516427Amina Figarova Sketches (Munich)143171-2824943764Michael Dease Grace (JLP)138139-104946851Fred Hersch Whirl (Palmetto)131147-160501991918Gregory Porter Water (Motema)125100+2513691010911Lee Ritenour’s 6 String Theory 6 String Theory (Concord)122125-3041391177Yotam Resonance (JLP)119133-1404541212812Steve Davis Images (Posi-Tone)115130-1503839131414Pat ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chie Imaizumi: A Time Of New Beginnings

Read "A Time Of New Beginnings" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Composer and arranger Chie Imaizumi's second album, A Time Of New Beginnings, is filled with star players from the jazz world. It's a beautifully crafted, beautifully played album, with a warm and familiar feel to its nine tunes that, at times, creates a real sense of nostalgia.

Imaizumi began her musical career in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chie Imaizumi: Unfailing Kindness

Read "Unfailing Kindness" reviewed by Budd Kopman

To all but the most jaded of cynics, Chie Imaizumi's Unfailing Kindness is sure to provide many hours of comfort for the soul as this extremely accessible and yet deeply rewarding music washes away all that might ail it.

Imaizumi is letting us see her up close and personal as each tune translates ...