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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kurt Elling Highlights Tanglewood Jazz Festival

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Tanglewood Jazz Festival
Lenox, MA
September 5-6, 2010
The Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, is a Labor Day weekend tradition, and while it was scaled back somewhat this year, the event at the scenic Berkshire Mountains came off quite well again, highlighted by the outstanding Kurt Elling, and featuring again a live taping ...

NEWS: CAREER

Bill Hughes, bandleader and director of the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra Announces Retirement

Bill Hughes, bandleader and director of the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra Announces Retirement

Trombonist, Bill Hughes, bandleader and director of the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, has announced his retirement on September 12, 2010. Hired by William “Count" Basie himself, Hughes first joined the Orchestra in 1953 and devoted nearly his entire career to the band. He assumed leadership of the band in 2003 following the passing of his musical ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

32nd Cape May Jazz Festival: Tribute to the Count

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Cape May Jazz Festival: Tribute to the Legendary Count Basie
Cape May, New Jersey
November 6-9, 2009


There may have been two male performers headlining the 32nd Cape May Jazz Festival, but in truth it was the women and children who stole the show.


The big draw, as advertised in ...

Mike Vax Big Band / Dave Siebels / Phil Woods / London Horn Sound

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Mike Vax Big Band
Sounds from the Road
Summit Records
2009

As Bob Hope and Bing Crosby entertained millions with their “road" movies in the 1940s, so the Mike Vax Big Band has its own “road show," arguably as entertaining but playing to much smaller audiences than Hope ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bill Hughes: Director of the Count Basie Orchestra

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The Count Basie Orchestra is a “big band phenomenon that has become a tradition. Their unique sound, combining blues and swing with an intensity and rhythm all their own, is and always has been immediately recognizable. For over half a century they have been generating thrills in concert halls, universities, nightclubs and festivals around the globe. ...