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Bob Florence

For close to 50 years now the release of a new Bob Florence recording has been a major cause for celebration in the jazz world and with each album, going all the way back to 1958's "Name Band 59", it seems that he has reached an absolute pinnacle in the possibilities of contemporary big band writing. But he has continued to surprise us, year after year, by venturing into unexplored territory and consistently setting new standards in the art of big band jazz. Bob Florence has garnered national and international acclaim as a jazz composer, arranger, bandleader, keyboardist, accompanist, and educator

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Scott Whitfield & Friends: A Bi-Coastal Christmas

Read "A Bi-Coastal Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If trombonist Scott Whitfield's A Bi-Coastal Christmas cannot quicken your inner holiday spirit, that will not be for lack of trying. Whitfield uses every ribbon in the packet and every tool in the shed to help make the season bright, from big band to quintet, from duo to solo (Whitfield's trombone all by itself). Two of ...

A Bi-Coastal Christmas

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Winter Wonderland; This Christmas; We Three Kings; A Time for Christmas; Carol of the Drum (The Little Drummer Boy); A Christmas Love Song; O Little Town of Bethlehem; The Christmas Song; Christmas in July; Silent Night.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vanessa Perica: Love is a Temporary Madness

Read "Love is a Temporary Madness" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even as the year 2020 has slid ignobly into the dustbin of history, music-lovers have been buoyed by a number of encouraging signs that the future of big-band jazz is in capable hands. While splendid recordings by old hands Mike Barone, Steve Spiegl, Mark Masters and Maria Schneider have helped keep the flame burning brightly, their ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob Florence

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob Florence

All About Jazz is celebrating Bob Florence's birthday today! For close to 50 years now the release of a new Bob Florence recording has been a major cause for celebration in the jazz world and with each album, going all the way back to 1958\'s “Name Band 59", it seems that he has reached an absolute ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob Florence

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob Florence

All About Jazz is celebrating Bob Florence's birthday today! For close to 50 years now the release of a new Bob Florence recording has been a major cause for celebration in the jazz world and with each album, going all the way back to 1958\'s “Name Band 59", it seems that he has reached an absolute ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Allen Carter Big Band: Time on My Hands

Read "Time on My Hands" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In 2010, composer / arranger / drummer Allen Carter seemingly appeared from out of nowhere (North Dakota, actually) to record Gifts, his first album as a big-band leader and one of the more impressive anthologies in that or any other year. As 2016 passed its midpoint and moved inexorably toward a final bow, Carter decided the ...

Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?

Read "Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On May 18, Betty and I flew to Los Angeles to attend Time Check: A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion, a four-day panorama sponsored by the L.A. Jazz Institute and held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, about a stone's throw or two from the LAX airport. We arrived early afternoon so we could also be present for ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob Florence

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob Florence

All About Jazz is celebrating Bob Florence's birthday today! For close to 50 years now the release of a new Bob Florence recording has been a major cause for celebration in the jazz world and with each album, going all the way back to 1958\'s “Name Band 59", it seems that he has reached an absolute ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Buddy Rich Rides Again

Read "Buddy Rich Rides Again" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Those who believe that Buddy Rich is the greatest big-band drummer who ever lived (yes, I'm one of them) can look forward to a marvelous treat this spring when Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute present Time Check: A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion May 19-22 at the Sheraton Gateway / LAX Hotel. The four-day ...


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