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Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration

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Mingus Big Band
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
April 24, 2017

Saturday, April 22, was an unusually good day. It started, blessedly, when the president did not tweet out a series of early morning fabrications/accusations to befuddle the free world. And it could only get better from there: It was Earth Day! Scientists ...

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Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration At Jazz Standard Monday April 24, 2017

Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration At Jazz Standard Monday April 24, 2017

On Monday, April 24th, the Charles Mingus Institute and the Jazz Standard will join forces to celebrate the life and work of one of the most important figures in twentieth century American music: accomplished composer and bassist, Charles Mingus. In honor of what would be his 95th birthday, the event will showcase Mingus classics as well as ...

Myles Wright: Manhattan EP

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For evidence that the big-band tradition is alive and well, look no further than this release from composer and arranger Myles Wright. His second self-produced recording after 2015's LA EP, he's shifted his focus to the other coast this time, and with a top-flight crew of New York musicians to perform four ambitious, infectious charts, it's ...

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The Cookers, Mingus Big Band and Cyrus Chestnut

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The Cookers
Birdland
New York, NY
September 15, 2016

The Cookers are an all-star septet that takes its name from the classic Freddie Hubbard album, The Night Of The Cookers, a 1965 live effort from the master trumpeter who passed in 2008. A somewhat fluid lineup earlier in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cristina Morrison: Baronesa

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After visiting the Galapagos Island to film a docudrama based on the life of Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bosquet, Ecuadorian-American mezzo soprano vocalist Cristina Morrison loved the place so much she moved to Ecuador and spent ten years there. Falling in love with the story of the Baroness, her second album Baronesa, presents the songstress ...

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Cristina Morrison September 29 "Baronesa" CD Release Concert At Rockwood Music Hall

Cristina Morrison September 29 "Baronesa" CD Release Concert At Rockwood Music Hall

Singer & actress Cristina Morrison returns to Rockwood Music Hall for her Baronesa album concert release on Jazzheads. Morrison here plays with an array of vocal styles bringing to her interpretation her background as an actor. On stage her show has organically evolved into a more theatrical experience as she works with visual artist Laia Cabrera. ...

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Hilary Gardner: The Great City

Read "The Great City" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

New York City has its fair share of sobriquets--"The City That Never Sleeps," “The Big Apple," and “Gotham" are just a few that spring to mind. It's a place of joy and frustration, triumph and tragedy, hope and despair, and all that exists between the extremes. It's a microcosm of the world we know, existing not ...

Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band: Mother's Touch

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New York-based pianist / composer (and two-time Grammy Award nominee) Orrin Evans served notice with his first big-band album for Posi-Tone Records that there was an impressive new ensemble on the scene, a message that is firmly underscored by the second, the cryptically named Mother's Touch, whose tone and temperament mirror Evans' contemporary point of view. ...

The Verve Jazz Ensemble: East End Sojourn

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In April of 2013, the Verve Jazz Ensemble released their first album It's About Time (CD Baby, 2012) to rave reviews from critics and jazz lovers everywhere. Exactly one year later, the group follows up on their amazing debut by unveiling East End Sojourn, an exciting second effort featuring new creative arrangements, more reimagined standards, a ...

Four From The Posi-Tone Pile

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Some labels release a few records a year; some put out a record every month or two; and then there are those, like the Los Angeles-based Posi-Tone Records, that prefer to push even more music through the pipeline.

As 2014 came into being, Posi-Tone began an ambitious release schedule, putting out a new ...