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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Tommy Igoe and the Birdland All Stars at the Sandler Center for the Arts

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In 2014 Tommy Igoe was voted the Worlds #1 Jazz Drummer in a Modern Drummers Readers Poll. Once you see him in action, you'll know why. Backed by his nine piece Birdland All-Star Band Igoe more than lives up to his reputation. Think of Buddy Rich on steroids. Steely Dan, the Beatles, Snarky Puppy, Latin, David ...

Steffen Kuehn: Leap Of Faith

Read "Leap Of Faith" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Leap Of Faith is the fourth album from Grammy-winning trumpeter Steffen Kuehn, but it's the first record to truly represent and showcase every aspect of his artistry. He produced the album, he was involved in the mixing process, he wrote eight of the ten compositions featured within, and his horn playing is central to the success ...

Take Five with Michel Nirenberg

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Meet Michel Nirenberg:
Michel Nirenberg is a Brazilian saxophonist and composer who has performed and recorded in North and South America with some of the leading names in Latin jazz. His first CD as a leader entitled Retrato/Portrait will be released in spring of 2015. It features leading Rogerio Souza, Dani Cortaza and Alex Brown ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tommy Igoe: The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy

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Known as one of the best drummers in the jazz world today, Tommy Igoe is also one of the most in-demand musicians around and since 2006, Igoe and the Birdland Big band have been holding residency at New York's Birdland Jazz Club which apparently, is not enough to keep the drummer grounded. Igoe now lives in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael O'Neill & Kenny Washington: New Beginnings

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Multi-reedist Michael O'Neill gets top billing here, but there's little doubt that the star attraction is singer Kenny Washington, one of the most under-recognized vocal talents operating today. O'Neill, perhaps Washington's greatest supporter and promoter, doesn't hide that fact when discussing the music presented here: he notes that “the arrangements are unique settings, and Kenny's the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tommy Igoe: The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy

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Jazz audiences in the Bay Area are starting to realize what their New York counterparts have known for years--namely, that drummer Tommy Igoe puts together a hell of a band and puts on a hell of a show.

Igoe, the man who gave rhythmic life to Broadway's The Lion King and changed the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Enildo Rasua at the The Jazz Standard

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Enildo Rasúa
New Dimensions In Latin Jazz: Cuban Drum Series
The Jazz Standard
New York, NY

August 6, 2013

For his U.S. debut, Cuban drummer/percussionist and composer Enildo Rasúa kicked off the evening's early set with a snippet of Ernesto Lecuona's “La Comparsa," and then quickly moved into “12 de La Noche," a composition ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pacific Mambo Orchestra: Pacific Mambo Orchestra

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San Francisco's premier Latin big band launches its self-titled Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) debut barely two years after pianist Christian Tumalan and trumpeter Steffen Kuehn founded the 19-piece ensemble. A festival favorite and fixture in the Bay Area, the PMO is a sizzling modern day Latin salsa jazz orchestra built to revisit the big band sounds ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Andy Hunter: Think Like A Mountain

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Trombonist Andy Hunter has taken a seat in many of the most important big bands of the past decade, yet many are still unaware of his skills. He sadly suffers from “section man syndrome": that ailment that afflicts those who are heard by many, yet never truly seen for who they are. Hunter, who has resided ...

Tommy Igoe and the Birdland Big Band: Eleven

Read "Eleven" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Like many other corners in that amorphous room called jazz, big band jazz has grown more abstract and experimental since its heyday in the 1930s. This process is necessary for the creative evolution of the art, but often produces music that is as unlistenable as it is creative--or brilliant. Abstract growth may be considered horizontal evolution, ...