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Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School is a Toronto, Canada based 19 piece modern jazz orchestra led by fast-rising orchestration trail-blazer Chelsea McBride. Award-winning veterans like William Carn and Colleen Allen stand next to the city's hottest 20-somethings in this contemporary modern big band. The Socialist Night School is about to release their sophomore full-length album Aftermath, a concept album about conflict, on November 1, 2019. Their debut full-length album “The Twilight Fall” has been hailed by critics as “a dazzling set anyone with even an interest in big band should check out” (Chris Spector – Midwest Record), “a progressive jazz epic...a musical experience that delights in many ways” (Memphis Marty Delia – The Jazz Music Blog), and received 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine

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Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School: Aftermath

Read "Aftermath" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Aftermath is the second album by composer / arranger / tenor saxophonist Chelsea McBride's Toronto-based Socialist Night School. It's a bright-eyed ensemble, comprised for the most part of young musicians who are fully on board with McBride's contemporary approach to big-band jazz (think Muhal Richard Abrams, Julius Hemphill, Darcy James Argue or Charles Mingus with a ...

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Moon's Up, Night's Up - Taking the Town By Surprise

Read "Moon's Up, Night's Up - Taking the Town By Surprise" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The annual celebratory broadcast for Joni Mitchell included an assortment of her songs by various jazz artists, plus new releases from Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Norah Jones, saxophonist T.K. Blue, singer/poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein), and vibraphone artist Lolly Allen; also more birthday shout outs to Chris Conner, Betty Bryant (going strong at ...

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Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School: Aftermath

Read "Aftermath" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Carve out an hour to listen to Socialist Night School's Aftermath because the combination of big-band music and progressive, challenging lyrics demands it. There's no way to let either simply wash over the ears. The music is too blunt, the lyrics too developed and too integral to absorb passively. The follow up to the ...

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Funk in a Deep Freeze

Read "Funk in a Deep Freeze" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

For the Sunday of the Women's March we played new releases by pianist Judy Night, flutist Magela Herrara, Judy Bisantz, Bob Levy and saxophonist Carol Sudhalter with birthday shout outs to Eartha Kitt, Irene Kral, Jose James, Cheryl Bentyne, Peter Eldridge, Sade, and Dolly Parton, among others. Playlist Pam Fleming “Keep It Movin" from ...

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Halloween Mischief, Spirits and Sweet Stuff

Read "Halloween Mischief, Spirits and Sweet Stuff" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Our Halloween broadcast is full of musical mischief, spirits and sweet stuff, with new releases from Giacomo Gates, Ayn Inserto, Alyssa Allgood and Vivian Sessoms, plus birthday shout outs to Milton Nascimento, Jazz Master Dianne Reeves, Jay Clayton, Cleo Laine and Andy Bey. Playlist Amanda Monaco “The Mean Reds" from Glitter (Posi-Tone Records) 00:00 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School: The Twilight Fall

Read "The Twilight Fall" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As is the case with her largely anomalous music, composer / arranger Chelsea McBride's Toronto-based Socialist Night School is less a brick-and-mortar academy than a malleable concept, open to almost whatever definition the viewer (or listener) has in mind. McBride doesn't simply “write" music, she “sees" it, much as a painter visualizes what is to adorn ...

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Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School

Label: Independent
Released: 2014


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