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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra: Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait

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To commemorate Canada's one hundred-fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra commissioned eleven of the country's foremost jazz composers to write music “reflecting some aspect of Canada or being Canadian." The resulting Suite 150 was performed for appreciative audiences and recorded for posterity in November 2017 and March 2018 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

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John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra: Our Second Set

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Somewhere, Rob McConnell must be smiling broadly. McConnell, once the peerless leader of Canada's flagship jazz ensemble, the Boss Brass, is no longer with us, sad to say, but the Brass lives on in the guise of trumpeter John MacLeod's superlative Rex Hotel Orchestra, which mirrors McConnell's band from its skin-tight section work and well-drawn charts ...

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Tara Davidson: Duets

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Saxophonist Tara Davidson has continually expanded the size of her band to suit each of her recording projects. Until now, that is. After working with a quartet, a quintet, and a nonet on record, Davidson has gone the other way, trimming things back and releasing a collection of artful duets that pair her with some of ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Pernille Bévort: Roundabouts And Novellas

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It's been over three years since multi-reedist, singer composer and arranger Pernille Bévort released Perfect Organisation (Gateway, 2011), her outstanding bringing together of jazz and tango nuevo that featured bandoneon player Marcelo Nisinman. Bévort, however, hasn't been slacking off in any way in the intervening years, oh no. She's simply been occupied in the execution of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2013 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 28-July 2, 2013

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Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Canada
June 28-July 7, 2013
After taking a year off to curate an All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway at Norway's 2012 Kongsberg Jazz Festival, it was great to return to the city that hosts what must surely be the largest jazz festival in the world. Where else ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Stockton Helbing

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Meet Stockton Helbing:
I starting playing drums in the sixth grade, while growing up in South Carolina. After high school, I attended the University of North Texas where I played in the well known One O'clock Lab band under the direction of Neil Slater. That opportunity helped open the door to being hired by ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra / Tim Davies Big Band / New England Jazz Ensemble

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John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra

Our First Set

Self Published

2010

Those who mourn the passing of the great trombonists Rob McConnell and Dave McMurdo and, with them, two of the most renowned big bands Canada has ever produced, should take substantial comfort from this superlative debut recording ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Koptor: Fire Sink

Read "Fire Sink" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Time and space have shaped the life of Kevin Brow. The Canadian-born drummer moved to Toronto when he was 19, and went on to play with some of the best jazz musicians including Mike Murley, Pat LaBarbera and David Braid. Six years later he moved to Copenhagen. This was significant in more ways than one: he ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

DIVA Jazz Orchestra / Paul Read Orchestra / Andy Farber and His Orchestra

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DIVA Jazz Orchestra

Johnny Mandel: The Man and His Music

Arbors Jazz

2010

Note to NARAS members: please do not cast your vote for Best Big Band Album of 2011 without first having listened to Johnny Mandel: The Man and His Music, recorded in concert at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in Manhattan ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New Recording by David Braid & The Canadian Brass

New Recording by David Braid & The Canadian Brass

Multi-award winning Canadian pianist David Braid is joined by the legendary Canadian Brass for Spirit Dance, a new album featuring jazz-inspired compositions for piano and brass quintet written by Braid. Inspired by everything from whirling dervishes to Frederic Chopin's Nocturnes to a walk in Beijing, Braid has created an array of new sounds that are intimate, ...