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Benny Powell

Born in New Orleans, Powell is, perhaps, best known for his 12-year tenure (1951-63) with Count Basie, and for his eight-bar contribution to the Count's all-time big hit, "April in Paris." But more than that, Powell, in his all-too-rare solos with the Basie band, displayed a blues-laced, story-telling approach to improvisation. Check out, for instance, his masterfully balanced two-chorus statement on "Blues Backstage" from 1954, or "In a Mellotone," recorded in a live performance five years later. After leaving Basie, Powell embarked upon a rich, diverse musical career. A versatile and accomplished player, he has worked extensively on Broadway, television, and on numerous recordings. During the 1960s and '70s, Powell graced the trombone sections of Duke Pearson's fine New York big band and the renowned Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra

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Interschool Orchestras Of New York And Mingus Dynasty Present: Mingus at Liu Kumble Theatre on November 17

Interschool Orchestras Of New York And Mingus Dynasty Present: Mingus at Liu Kumble Theatre on November 17

InterSchool Orchestras of New York and Mingus Dynasty are collaborating to present MINGUS. This concert features never-before-heard full orchestra arrangements of popular Mingus tunes arranged by Earl McIntyre. It will also feature Renée Manning and solo performances by Mingus Dynasty. DATE: Sunday, November 17, 2019 TIME: 6 pm LOCATION: Long ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cheik Tidiane Seck: Timbuktu: The Music of Randy Weston

Read "Timbuktu: The Music of Randy Weston" reviewed by Chris May

A well-intentioned tribute to the late pianist, composer and pioneer of Maghrebi jazz Randy Weston by the keyboard player Cheikh Tidiane Seck, Timbuktu: The Music of Randy Weston never really gets off the ground. Seck, whose c.v. includes spells with Mali's Super Rail Band de Bamako, Les Ambassadeurs, Salif Keita and Amadou & Mariam, and Senegal's ...

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, ...

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Good Morning Blues

Read "Good Morning Blues" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

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 REVIEW

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

Read "Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

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: INTERVIEW

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 and Basie!

Read "Ella and Basie!" reviewed by Thomas Carroll

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 swinging form and it is concise enough to serve as an introduction to those just ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM 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

Read "Jazz Mergers & Acquisitions" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

T. K. BlueLatin BirdMotéma Music2011 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 ...


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