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With the release of his first solo CD, KEEPING MY COMPOSURE, on C3 Records, composer, arranger and conductor Charley Harrison, is poised to join the ranks of the composer/ arranger/conductors that have helped chart the course of jazz. A Chicago native, Harrison was appointed Director of the UCLA Jazz Orchestra in 2004, while still serving, since 1991, as Associate Director and guitarist for the eighteen-piece Chicago Jazz Orchestra. CJO is currently backing his CD of original material and jazz standards, with guest performances by vocalists Freddy Cole, Kurt Elling, Sara Gazarek and CJO’s Frieda Lee, guitarist Bobby Broom and pianist Cedar Walton, among others. His multi-dimensional orchestral arrangements meld modern, classic swing, Latin and contemporary jazz elements

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Kenny Burrell: Unlimited 1, Live at Catalina's

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Guitarist Kenny Burrell, who isn't generally known for hanging out with big bands, now has one of his own: the Los Angeles-based Jazz Orchestra Unlimited, for which he serves as music director on its debut album, Unlimited 1, Live at Catalina's. While the ensemble is splendid, individually and collectively, there's no doubt that Burrell is the ...

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Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?

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Betty and I returned to Albuquerque on Memorial Day after attending Swingin' on a Riff, the latest in a series of marvelous semi-annual events presented by Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute for more than twenty years at venues in and around L.A. This one was held May 23-26 at the Los Angeles Marriott ...

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"A Swingin' Affair" Outshines Its Name

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With an appreciative bow and genial tip of the hat to the late Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, the Los Angeles Jazz Institute named its semi-annual big-band soiree May 21-24 at the Sheraton LAX Four Points Hotel “A Swingin' Affair." Was the event able to live up to its name? In the immortal words of ...

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Keeping My Composure

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2006
Track listing: Jeannine; Recipe for Romance; Lori

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Charley Harrison: Keeping My Composure

Read "Keeping My Composure" reviewed by Jim Santella


The guest artists on Keeping My Composure work with Jeff Lindberg's superb Chicago Jazz Orchestra to bring memorable big band themes to the fore, while Charley Harrison steps up for five selections with a comfortable rhythm guitar backbone that encourages swing. Hot solos from the band's sidemen keep things going strong, and the band's guests take ...


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