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The Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: I’ve Got Algorithm; Sassy; Inner Urge; Until; Scenes from My Dreams; Remember Me; Dollar’s Moods; Nica’s Dream; Blues in a Second.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joy And Wonder - More Holiday Releases

Read "Joy And Wonder - More Holiday Releases" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents more Christmas goodness to savor, with new holiday releases from from Chris Ruggiero, Sarah Partridge, Sweet Megg and Joe McCarthy's New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, plus birthday shoutouts to Dave Brubeck and Diane Schuur, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Holiday Fare Plus A Sampling of Grammy Nominees

Read "New Releases, Holiday Fare Plus A Sampling of Grammy Nominees" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Lauren Falls, Becca Stevens, Flora Purim, Steven Feifke and Jane Monheit, with birthday shoutouts to Holly Cole, Maria Schneider and June Christy among others. A smattering of holiday fare in the second hour, but first, a focus on the latest Grammy Nominees, as it's been a better year for women. ...

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Article: Album Review

Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra: The Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra

Read "The Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra, co-led by pianist/composer Steven Feifke and trumpeter par excellence Bijon Watson, is a seventeen-member ensemble comprising seasoned players paired with young lions who are poised to capture pride of place. Nowhere do the leaders say who is in which group, and it would be impolitic to name them here. Suffice to ...

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Article: Interview

Steven Feifke: Kinetic

Read "Steven Feifke: Kinetic" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In terms of physics, kinetic energy is described as a force or power which a body or object possesses by virtue of being in motion. With reference to the aptly named debut from the Steven Feifke Big Band, that ideal is fully applicable. Kinetic, recorded in early 2019 and released in April of 2021, capitalizes on ...

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MONK'estra Plays John Beasley

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Steve-O; Sam Rivers; Monk's Mood; Donna Lee; Song For Dub; Five Spot; Implication; Intermission; Masekela; Rhythm-A-Ning/Evidence; Off Minor; Be.YOU.tiful; Locomotive; Come Sunday.

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Still I Rise

Label: Impact Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Push Come da Shove; Still I Rise; Soulful Brother Gelispie; Melody for Trayvon; Blues a la Burgess; 8 Ball, Side Pocket; Heavens to Murgatroyd!

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News: Award / Grant

57th Grammy Nominations Recognize New England Conservatory Musicians

57th Grammy Nominations Recognize New England Conservatory Musicians

Strong showing for NEC musicians in jazz category A Far Cry chamber orchestra nominated for Kickstarter-funded project New England Conservatory students, alumni, and faculty are included in nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, announced on Friday. Winners will be announced at the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8, 2015. Three of ...

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Article: Live Review

MONK'estra at SFJAZZ Center

Read "MONK'estra at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


MONK'estraSFJAZZ CenterSan Francisco, CAAugust 22, 2013The music of the legendary Thelonious Monk (October 10, 1917-February 17, 1982) has rarely been heard in a big band setting. The second most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, Monk's music is nothing if not popular. While Ellington composed over a thousand songs, Monk penned only ...


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