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Bill Harris began his musical training on the clarinet at the age of nine in the small Boston suburb of Topsfield, Massachusetts. He began to get serious about music around the age of 17, at which point he also began playing the saxophone and flute. Sure that this was the career he wanted to pursue, he enrolled at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, to receive a Bachelor of Music degree as a clarinet major. During his freshman year of college Bill heard the Woody Herman Band with its unusual saxophone section of three tenors and one baritone, and knew at that moment that sax was to be his instrument. After a year off from school to concentrate on playing the sax, he completed his college studies and moved to New York City where he studied privately with Bob Mintzer of the Yellowjackets

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Article: Radio

New music from Anthony Pirog, Mary Halvorson, Toine Thys, & Dan Fortin, and more

Read "New music from Anthony Pirog, Mary Halvorson, Toine Thys, & Dan Fortin, and more" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this edition exciting new music from Anthony Pirog, Mary Halvorson, Toine Thys, Dan Fortin, Jeff Kimmel Ishmael Ali & Bill Harris, and, Sabir Mateen Christopher Dell Christian Ramond & Klaus Kugel, a subscriber special from Dave Douglas, plus rereleased albums from the 1960s from Marion Brown. Playlist Anthony Pirog “Adonna The Painter" from ...

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Article: Radio

New albums from Ernesto Jodos, Dan Weiss, and Manteca

Read "New albums from Ernesto Jodos, Dan Weiss, and Manteca" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week we feature great new albums from Ernesto Jodos, Dan Weiss with his Starebaby band, and Manteca. I am also continuing my look at recent releases by Ken Stubbs as well as featuring cutting edge music from Tim Berne's Snakeoil, the trio of Jeff Kimmel, Ishmael Ali, with Bill Harris, and the Dave Rempis Percussion ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Vince Guaraldi

Jazz Musician of the Day: Vince Guaraldi

All About Jazz is celebrating Vince Guaraldi's birthday today! By Derrick Bang Like most so-called overnight successes, Vincent Anthony Guaraldi—who forever described himself as “a reformed boogie-woogie pianist"—worked hard for his big break. The man eventually dubbed “Dr. Funk" by his compatriots was born in San Francisco on July 17, 1928; he graduated from Lincoln High ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 1-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow


Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 The Los Angeles Jazz Institute (LAJI), under Ken Poston, has continued for some thirty years to ...

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Article: Album Review

Scott Whitfield: New Jazz Standards, Volume 2

Read "New Jazz Standards, Volume 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On New Jazz Standards, Volume 2 (yes, the title may seem a tad optimistic at first glance; more about that later), trombonist Scott Whitfield leads a well-honed quartet playing the music of Carl Saunders. If the name Carl Saunders is new to you, he is quite simply one of the finest jazz trumpeters you've never heard--and ...

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Inside-Out

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012

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News: Recording

Kindred Spirits: New CD release by songwriter Walter Duda

Kindred Spirits: New CD release by songwriter Walter Duda

Kindred Spirits is the latest release by songwriter, pianist and vocalist Walter Duda on World Alert Records. The CD contains all original compositions by Duda. Featured musicians include Will Lee, Chris Parker, Joel Rosenblatt, Don and Bill Harris, Tim DeHuff and others. About Walter Duda Walter Duda is a self-taught musician from New England, born in ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Joey Berkley & Funkasaurus Rex: More 'n Four / Etched in Stone

Read "Joey Berkley & Funkasaurus Rex: More 'n Four / Etched in Stone" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


Some jazz musicians have a knack for variety. There are those who specialize in a specific genre, but there are others who prefer to come at the listener from different directions. Saxophonist Joey Berkley is among the latter. Berkley hails from Toronto but has made his home in New York City. In NYC, he ...

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Article: Big Band Caravan

Resonance Big Band / Sammy Nestico-SWR Big Band / Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra / Alf Clausen Jazz Orchestra

Read "Resonance Big Band / Sammy Nestico-SWR Big Band / Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra / Alf Clausen Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson Resonance Records 2009 First things first: there will never be another Oscar Peterson. Period. Even so, there are others who come remarkably close to retracing his legendary footsteps. Fellow Canadian Oliver Jones is one, Romanian-born Marian Petrescu another. It is ...


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