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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frank Macchia: Rhythm Kaleidoscope

Read "Rhythm Kaleidoscope" reviewed by Troy Dostert

With a host of wide-ranging work not only as a musician but also as a producer and arranger for television and film projects, Frank Macchia has never been one to rest on his laurels. Even if you're not familiar with his recordings, chances are you've heard at least one of his many film orchestrations: from The ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Frank Macchia

Born and raised in San Francisco, CA., Frank started on the clarinet at the age of ten years old. Soon afterward he began studies on bassoon, saxophone and flute. By the age of fourteen he began studying composition, writing jazz and classical pieces for his high school band and orchestra and for jazz ensembles that rehearsed at the local union hall, including trumpeter Mike Vax's Big Band. In 1975-76 Frank wrote jazz/classical hybrid works that were performed by the San Francisco Symphony and local professional jazz musicians at the Summer Music Workshop Programs, and he composed and conducted an orchestral overture for his high school graduation ceremony

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frank Macchia: Grease Mechanix

Read "Grease Mechanix" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One thing that must be said about Frank Macchia (well, two things, actually)--he's a wild and crazy composer / bandleader whose satchel is always overflowing with splendid musical surprises. On his new album, Grease Mechanix, Macchia goes funky in a New Orleans brass band manner, employing a seventeen-piece ensemble comprised of some of the best sidemen ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frank Macchia: Frank Macchia's Swamp Thang

Read "Frank Macchia's Swamp Thang" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

You never can tell what some jazz guys have up their sleeves. Los Angeles-based reedman Frank Macchia has worked extensively in television and movies, while maintaining a busy jazz career. His two orchestral jazz outings--Emotions (2006) and Landscapes (2008)--each garnered Grammy nominations, and he has also offered up two very distinctive jazz re-imaginings of traditional fare ...

Ed Puddick Big Band / Frank Macchia / Rick Wald NY 16

Read "Ed Puddick Big Band / Frank Macchia / Rick Wald NY 16" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Ed Puddick Big Band

Guys & Dolls

Diving Duck Records

2010

The late Frank Loesser wrote at least 700 songs, more than a dozen of which are included in the score for the smash musical Guys and Dolls, which, believe it or not, opened on Broadway more than sixty years ago, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frank Macchia: Son Of Folk Songs For Jazzers

Read "Son Of Folk Songs For Jazzers" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Composer/arranger Frank Macchia explores twelve more American folk songs and their reinterpretation through jazz on Son of Folk Songs for Jazzers, a follow-up to his critically acclaimed Folk Songs for Jazzers (Cacophony, 2010), for which he received his third Grammy nod in the Best Instrumental Arrangement category. As with the first album, Macchia uses a fourteen-piece ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Frank Macchia: Son Of Folk Songs For Jazzers

Read "Son Of Folk Songs For Jazzers" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Frank Macchia keeps racking up the Grammy nominations. He got his third nod for the award with his big band interpretation of “Skip to My Lou," from his Folk Songs for Jazzers (Cacophony, 2010), following up his recognition for Emotions (Cacophony, 2007) and Landscapes (Cacophony 2008).

In addition to his work in producing ...

NEWS: EVENT

Daren Burns' Onibaba to play Tophest 2011, a benefit to help LA Musician Chris Spilsbury, March 25th

Daren Burns' Onibaba to play Tophest 2011, a benefit to help LA Musician Chris Spilsbury, March 25th

Daren Burns ensemble, Onibaba is slated to play Tophest 2011, a benefit to help LA musician Christopher Spilsbury raise funds to pay his medical expenses for a car accident he was involved in last December 2010. Also appearing that night will be Los Angeles jazz musicians, Otmaro Ruiz and Joe LaBarbera and DJ Christoforo LaBarbera. Onibaba is ...


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NEWS: RECORDING

Frank Macchia's Booga Booga Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Frank Macchia's Booga Booga Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Jazz composer/arranger/saxophonist Frank Macchia celebrates the 30th anniversary of his first album project “Frank Macchia's Booga-Booga" by offering the music from the original album from 1981 for the first time as a digital download, available for sale at CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon.com. This band was comprised of some of Boston's best young musicians from 1981, including Frank ...


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Frank Macchia's Freaky Fricassee of Music

Read "Frank Macchia's Freaky Fricassee of Music" reviewed by Frank Macchia

These are just a random group of some of my favorite tunes compiled for your listening pleasure. Not just jazz tunes, but some rock, pop and classical as well. I hope you can check out some of these artists. I really dig them!!

TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1After Youre Gone3:53Terry GibbsDream Band Vol 12Alabama (Takes 4 & ...