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Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story Reimagined

Read "West Side Story Reimagined" reviewed by Jack Bowers

William Shakespeare's epic tragedy Romeo and Juliet made a huge splash when it reached Broadway in 1957 in the guise of West Side Story, in which the warring Montagues and Capulets were replaced by New York City street gangs, the Italian-American Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks. The newer version, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Dionne, Tomasz and Buddy

Dionne, Tomasz and Buddy

This week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed Dionne Warwick for my “House Call" column in the Mansion section. There's nothing like picking up the ringing phone and hearing, “Mr. Myers? Dionne Warwick." Dionne's voice is unmistakable—like a long wooden match being drawn slowly and seductively across a flint. We talked about childhood and growing ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story

Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story

In August 1957, West Side Story opened at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre. The musical was fashioned after Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and was set on New York's Upper West Side in a neighborhood polarized by Puerto Rican and working-class white families. The show received positive reviews, and four years later the musical was adapted for the ...

Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story Reimagined

Read "Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story Reimagined" reviewed by Bobby Sanabria

West Side Story holds a special place in my heart. I first saw the movie as a young boy when my parents José and Juanita took me and my sister Joanne to the luxurious Loews Paradise on the Grand Concourse in my hometown Da' Bronx in celebration of the film's 10th anniversary. At that time there wasn't ...

NEWS: RECORDING

West Side Story Reimagined For Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

West Side Story Reimagined For Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

An incredible new Latin jazz treatment of this timeless masterwork that premiered on September 26, 1957 redefining American musical theatre in celebration of the shows recent 60th Anniversary (2017) and Maestro Bernstein’s Centennial (2018). Recorded live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC, this exciting new reimagining is West Side Story like you’ve never heard it before as ...

Andrew Gould: First Things First

Read "First Things First" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

There are many realities to the jazz scene in New York. If you check out the marquee listings at the swankiest clubs, you'll see certain names pop up again and again for a short run here or there. These men and women are most certainly an important part of the mix and draw, having paid their ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2016 Lakeland Jazz Festival

Read "2016 Lakeland Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

2016 Lakeland Jazz Festival
Lakeland Community College
Kirtland, Ohio
March 18-20, 2016

The Cleveland area has a long history of jazz pedagogy in relation to two well-established community colleges. Cuyahoga Community College's annual jazz featival, the better known program, dates back to 1980 and for many years was a spring tradition ...

John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is

Read "Like It Is" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Trombonista di valore, arrangiatore negli anni ottanta della Woody Herman Orchestra e bandleader di proprie formazioni, John Fedchock è tra i migliori esponenti del modern mainstream orchestrale, sulla linea Thad Jones.

Questo è il quinto album della sua attuale big band, un organico di 16 elementi comprendente alcuni dei migliori professionisti dell'area di ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Fedchock New York Big Band: Like It Is

Read "Like It Is" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Worth waiting for--an expression that can be used to describe any number of life's pleasurable experiences: a memorable vacation, a sumptuous meal, a thrilling chance encounter --or even the fifth recording (and first in roughly eight years) by trombonist John Fedchock's superlative New York Big Band. Pleasurable it is from start to finish, with inspired blowing ...