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Stefán S. Stefánsson

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Born in Hafnarfjörður near the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík in 1957 Stefan started playing music at an early age. At first, he banged on the drums with a fierce interest in Latin music as well as jazz. As a teenager, he started studies at Sigursveins Music School in Iceland on flute.

About 17 he started playing the saxophone and has done that since. After various musical studies, amongst them studies with the legendary Icelandic tenor saxophonist Gunnar Ormslev, Stefan started writing music. His first albums were released with a band called Ljósin í bænum (City lights) a group of friends that Stefan got together to play his music. All in all Ljósin í bænum made two albums. The second one called Disco Frisco (a parody of the Disco era) became extremely popular as a funky disco single. The band was dissolved in 1979. After Ljósin í bænum Stefan did a stint with the very popular band Tivoli, which released the very popular song (still today) Fallinn  lyrics and music by Stefán.

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JM International

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The JM Jazz World Orchestra is a young jazz orchestra composed of exceptionally talented musicians from around the globe. Under the guidance of acclaimed artist Luis Bonilla, the orchestra explores the boundaries of jazz, fusing it with diverse musical genres to create groundbreaking and unforgettable performances. The band tours annually since 2005 and performs at prestigious venues and jazz festivals across Europe and the world: musicians are carefully selected from around the world, with only the highest level of musicianship chosen to participate.

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Sammy Nestico

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At the age of 17, Sammy Nestico became the staff arranger for ABC radio station, WCAE, Pittsburgh, Pa. He received his B.S. degree in music education from Duquesne University, and has been honored three times by the school with an honorary Doctor of Music degree, the Distinguished Alumni award, and in 1994, he was inducted into the Century Club. North Texas State also presented him with special music awards in 1978, 1979 and 1980. As an educator, he has directed the music programs at Westinghouse Memorial High School, Wilmerding Pa., Pierce College, Los Angeles, Ca. and the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga

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Article: Year in Review

Jack Bowers' Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Jack Bowers' Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Given the angst and turmoil of this most unusual year, I wasn't expecting much in terms of quantity or quality of jazz recordings. Surprise! As it turns out, 2020 was a banner year with a large number of superlative albums regularly arriving for review. A dozen of the best I've heard are named here, and the ...

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Len Pierro

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I play soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet and bass clarinet. I studied saxophone and clarinet primarily with Harold Karabell and flute with Adeline Tomasone. In 1983 I received a Bachelor of Music from Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. I also studied improvisation - primarily with Brian Trainor, a few months with Dennis Sandole and a couple of lessons with Phil Woods. Professionally I’ve played in a wide variety of situations including small jazz groups, big bands, commercial bands in clubs and at society parties, pit orchestras and recording sessions

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Dave Banks

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The Dave Banks Big Band is a powerhouse, 17 piece, swingin’ big band based out of Akron, Ohio and is in its 17th year of making music. The band includes some of Ohio’s top jazz musicians and is led by Ohio native and 20 year Las Vegas veteran trumpet artist, Dave Banks. They have performed across the Midwest, including The Palace Theatre, Music Box, and The Bop Stop in Cleveland, BLUJazz, The Tangier Cabaret, The Carousel Dinner Theatre in Akron, the Kent Stage in Kent, the Packard Music Hall in Warren, the Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown, as well as many jazz clubs and major conventions in Northeast Ohio

Album

Big Band Jazz

Label: The Franklin Mint Record Society
Released: 1986
Track listing: Sunday; Hop Off; Whitman Stomp; Okay, Baby; Song Of The Swanee; The Blue Room; I've Found A New Baby; Fanfare; I Got Rhythm ; Minor Mania; Weakness; Lona; Line-A-Jive; Steppin' Pretty; Red Rhythm; Admiration; Parallel Fifths; Liza; Swing Out; Stitches; You Don't Mean Me No Good; Southern Exposure; Apollo Jump; Wolverine Blues; Blues (from Lenox Avenue Suite), Parts 1&2; Vultee Special; Tonsillectomy; Second Balcony Jump; Tiny's Blues; Over The Rainbow; Donna Lee; A Bird In Igor's Yard; Puddle Wump; Ain't Misbehavin'; Tango Blues; Infinity Promenade; All The Things You Are; Everybody's Blues; The Brotherhood Of Man; Viva Triado; Sax No End; Escarmouches; Machine; Don't Git Sassy; Thank You; Quadrille Anyone?; King Porter Stomp;

Album

Big Band Jazz

Label: Magneoton
Released: 1982

Album

Big Band Jazz

Label: Strand Records
Released: 1979

Album

Big Band Jazz

Label: Abracadabra Music
Released: 0


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