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Bill Holman

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Born Willis Leonard Holman on May 21, 1927 in Olive, CA, near Santa Ana, Bill Holman took up clarinet in junior high school and tenor saxophone in high school by which time he was leading his own band. After serving in the Navy and studying engineering, he decided in the late '40s that he wanted to write big band music and studied for a while at the Westlake College of Music in Los Angeles with Dave Robertson and Dr. Alfred Sendrey. He also studied composition privately with Russ Garcia and saxaphone with Lloyd Reese. In 1949 he played with the Ike Carpenter Band, in 1951, he was writing for Charlie Barnet, and in 1952 he began his association with Stan Kenton, for whom he wrote and played for many years

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Salute!

Label: Sounds of Yesteryear
Released: 2023
Track listing: My Funny Valentine; The Opener; Sam Meets the Mambo; Take the “A” Train; When Your Lover Has Gone; Nightingale; The Wind; Jersey Bounce; Captain Obu; Prelude to a Kiss; Tico Tico; A Lot of Livin’ to Do; Tuxedo Junction; Beeline East; The Shadow of Your Smile; Just Bones; Street of Dreams.

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris & The JM Horns: High Quote

Read "High Quote" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Italian-born pianist/composer Roberto Magris, a paradigm of kinetic energy, records so many albums they can't seem to release 'em fast enough. Although High Quote, on which Magris leads the JM Horns (for JMood Records), was recorded more than a decade ago--in November 2012--its release date was for purposes unknown delayed until 2023. Whatever ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jotting Down the Notes / The Arrangers: Part 1

Read "Jotting Down the Notes / The Arrangers: Part 1" reviewed by Monk Rowe


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Article: Album Review

The Las Vegas Boneheads: Sixty and Still Cookin'

Read "Sixty and Still Cookin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers


There aren't many albums a listener might care to revisit again immediately after an initial spin. This is one of them. The Las Vegas Boneheads, a trombone-and-rhythm nonet formed by Abe Nole in 1962, marked their sixtieth(!) anniversary by recording Sixty and Still Cookin', an album that more than lives up to its name while presenting ...

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Article: Album Review

Stan Kenton: Salute!

Read "Salute!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Stan Kenton, one of the most renowned and influential bandleaders of the twentieth century, died on August 25, 1979. Fortunately—for the sake of history in general and creative music in particular—Kenton's remarkable legacy lives on, and in a perceptive and open-minded world would endure forever. Even to this day, small but devoted groups of enthusiasts share ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Pianist Samvit Prem Singhal

Read "Introducing Pianist Samvit Prem Singhal" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Growing up in Delhi, India, Samvit Prem Singhal always had a love for jazz, although he played classical piano. “I was playing piano since I was three years old," he recalled. “I started playing Indian classical music. Then, I transitioned into western classical music. But my ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Dave Rivello

Read "Take Five with Dave Rivello" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Dave Rivello Dave Rivello is an American-born composer, arranger, conductor and bandleader working primarily in Jazz, contemporary media, and modern classical idioms. He apprenticed with Rayburn Wright, Bob Brookmeyer, Manny Albam, Bill Holman, and Sam D'Angelo. He leads a 12-piece ensemble, The Dave Rivello Ensemble, that is his main orchestral voice. He is ...

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Article: Album Review

Doug MacDonald: Overtones

Read "Overtones" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The term “all-star" is not one to be used lightly. Be that as it may, the appellation fits guitarist Doug MacDonald's Los Angeles-based octet as snugly as a glove; he and his colleagues are among the finest, most experienced and in-demand musicians on the West Coast. On Overtones, recorded in September 2021, the ensemble shows its ...

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Article: Album Review

Doug MacDonald and the L.A. All-Star Octet: Overtones

Read "Overtones" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Doug MacDonald's mind is as active as his fingers. The Los Angeles-based guitarist divides his time between writing and playing, and he writes as well as he plays, which is impeccably. Overtones, on which he leads an All-Star Octet (we checked, and all-star is precisely the proper term), is MacDonald's fourth album in the last year ...


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