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Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community

Read "Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Being a jazz musician sometimes seems like a life ruled by jungle law. Everyone fights for gigs and puts out music on “labels" with only one artist. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Origin Records is an example of a modern artist driven label that has grown through collaboration and community. As Matt Jorgensen, ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Good Morning Blues

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Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography of Count Basie as told to Albert Murray
William James Basie
399 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-5179-0143-1
University of Minnesota Press
2016 (1985)

In May 1959 Count Basie and his Orchestra played a “Breakfast Dance and Barbecue," like back in Kansas City, hosted by Roulette ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio at the Kimmel Center

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Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
A String of Pearls
Philadelphia, PA
June 18, 2016

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) was founded a little over two years ago, under the direction of trumpeter Terell Stafford. Featuring some of the finest ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ron Aprea: Passion Supreme

Read "Ron Aprea: Passion Supreme" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Ron Aprea is a saxophonist's saxophonist. After all, none less than the late, great Frank Foster called him friend, confidant, section mate and leader. And Foster wasn't alone in this regard. Aprea has been a mainstay and graced the sax section in the bands of Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and many others. A multi-faceted musician with ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie: Ella and Basie!

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Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie

Ella and Basie!

Verve

1963

In July 1963, singer Ella Fitzgerald and pianist Count Basie's orchestra entered the studio for their first full-length recording session as a collective. They produced a gem for both veteran jazz fans and novices. The album features both artists in top ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

T.K. Blue: Latin Bird

Read "Latin Bird" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Saxophonist Charlie “Bird" Parker is primarily remembered as an incendiary, revolutionary, improvisatory soloist, but he often expressed his style through composition, and many of Parker's original tunes became part of the modern jazz canon. Latin Bird, saxophonist T.K. Blue's label debut for Motema, his ninth release as a leader, reworks eight of Parker's tunes in Afro-Cuban, ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Jazz Mergers & Acquisitions

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T. K. Blue

Latin Bird

Motéma Music

2011

Saxophonist Charlie “Bird" Parker is primarily remembered as an incendiary, revolutionary, improvisatory soloist, but he often expressed his style through composition, and many of Parker's original tunes became part of the modern jazz canon. Latin Bird, saxophonist T.K. Blue's label ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Randy Weston All Nite Soul 2011 Honoree at Saint Peter’s Church Sunday, October 9th

On this, the 41st anniversary of All Nite Soul, the Jazz Ministry of Saint Peter's Church—the Jazz Church—is thrilled to honor Randy Weston, NEA Jazz Master, composer and pianist. On Friday, October 7 at 4 PM, in preparation for All Nite Soul, David Schroeder interviews Randy Weston with a book signing of Weston's autobiography African Rhythms. ...

T.K. Blue: Latin Bird

Read "Latin Bird" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It would seem that the music of Bird has been born anew in 2011. Joe Lovano took to the skies with his expansive take on the music of Charlie Parker with Bird Songs (Blue Note, 2011), and now alto saxophonist T.K. Blue spreads his wings with Latin Bird. Both men take Parker's music in different directions, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Bridge Presents Vibraphonist Randy Sutin at the Collingswood Community Center on May 5th

Jazz Bridge Presents Vibraphonist Randy Sutin  at the Collingswood Community Center on May 5th

To close out the 2010/2011 Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts Series in Collingswood, vibraphonist and composer Randy Sutin will be appearing at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 E. Collings Ave, in Collingswood, NJ, on May 5th with percussionist Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, guitarist Dan Hanrahan, and bassist Justin Sekelewski. Vibes player Randy Sutin was born in Great Falls, Montana, but ...