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Alan Ferber

Known internationally as a virtuoso jazz trombonist, Alan also shines as a bandleader. His current project on Fresh Sound New Talent (Alan Ferber Nonet, “Scenes From An Exit Row”) beautifully displays his unique ability to effectively lead an ensemble through an array of intricate compositions while consistently delivering imaginative solo improvisations. Comprised of some of New York City’s most compelling young players, “Ferber’s arrangements bring out the best of the members of his group, who are inspired by their musical surroundings and alternately play as one…” (Budd Kopman, AAJNY) The Alan Ferber Nonet is in constant pursuit of finding new directions in the jazz idiom

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Video

The Wedding

Featuring the music of Alan Ferber
Duration: 30:25

The Harborfields High School Jazz Band and Tornado News Team join forces to create a music video and 30-minute feature documentary detailing the art of collaboration and the full story behind a newly-commissioned arrangement of Abdullah Ibrahim’s 'The Wedding' from three-time GRAMMY nominee Alan Ferber
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News: TV / Film

The Harborfields High School Jazz Band celebrates community in premiering Alan Ferber's arrangement of Abdullah Ibrahim's 'The Wedding'

The Harborfields High School Jazz Band celebrates community in premiering Alan Ferber's arrangement of Abdullah Ibrahim's 'The Wedding'

In a time when isolation and distancing seemed to define school settings, the Harborfields High School Jazz Band sought to cut against the grain and promote the joys inherent in the communal nature of music and creative expression. In early 2021, the band’s director—veteran educator and noted jazz journalist Dan Bilawsky—decided to follow through on a ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Jared Schonig's Two Takes

Read "Jared Schonig's Two Takes" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Drummer Jared Schonig has tried something different on his first recording as a leader. He has released two albums featuring the same eight original compositions played in two different settings, one with a quintet and one with a big band. The drive and muscular rhythmic pulse of his writing come through in both configurations.

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Article: Year in Review

Jack Bowers: Top 15 Albums of 2021

Read "Jack Bowers: Top 15 Albums of 2021" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In spite of the Covid pandemic (and sometimes because of it!), 2021 was a splendid year for big-band albums, with eleven receiving 4 1/2-star reviews and one (Out on the Coast by the David Angel Big Band) earning five stars. The dominant dozen are listed here alongside top-rated smaller-group albums by Cory Weeds, Gerry Gibbs and ...

Album

A Centering Peace

Label: QJOG
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Welcome Song; What Happened; A Centering Peace; War Paint; Pirouette En Dedans; Every Detail Minding; Undertow; Freeway Doctor East; King Size Blues.

Album

Not A Novelty

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Bongasm; Face Value; Ice Fall; Blue Salt; Union Blues; Twinkle; Manta Rays; La Otra Mano; Little Cupcake; The Day I Tried To Live.

Album

America at War

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: March on Washington; Yellowcake; My Father in Nagasaki; The Vultures of Afghanistan; Requiem for an Unknown; Soldier; Gratitude; Honor Song; Day After Tomorrow; Stupid, Pointless, Heartless Drug Wars.

Album

PURPLE REFLECTION

Label: Nery Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Love Poem (戀歌) 2. Luna 3. Purple Reflection 4. BD 5. Merveille 6. Mikyren 7. Falling Blossoms (落花) 8. Aster

Album

Stranger Than Fiction

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2021
Track listing: Pointillism; Havens; Stranger Than Fiction; Dance; Sunyasin; Counterpoint; Bella; Modality; Steps; Waking Dream.


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