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Four-time Grammy nominated German composer/arranger/conductor CHRIS WALDEN has scored more than 40 feature and TV films, and has written more than a thousand orchestral and big band arrangements for artists including Christina Aguilera, Faith Hill, Michael Bolton, Aretha Franklin, David Foster, Paul Anka, Sheryl Crow, Christopher Cross, and orchestras like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, and many more. He has orchestrated for Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, and Natalie Cole.

He most recently arranged the National Anthem for Jennifer Hudson's performance at the SUPER BOWL XLIII and his recent film credits include the feature film "Monster Mutt", TV movies "Alien Siege", "Crimson Force", Gene Wilder's "The Lady in Question", and the CBS mini series "Blonde"

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist Tish Oney with the John Chiodini Trio release 'The Best Part' on Blujazz

Vocalist Tish Oney with the John Chiodini Trio release 'The Best Part' on Blujazz

The Best Part is jazz vocalist, arranger, composer, and producer Tish Oney’s fifth CD project. The music is a compilation of new original songs by contemporary jazz composers, including three never-before-heard songs with lyrics by jazz diva Peggy Lee. Oney's 2015 recording of original vocal/guitar duets titled Songs From the Heart, was honored by the Recording ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rich Willey's Boptism Big Band: Down & Dirty

Read "Down & Dirty" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What's in a name? While that maxim remains a matter for debate, don't let this particular name mislead you. In the parlance of trumpeter Rich Willey's Los Angeles-based Boptism Big Band, Down & Dirty translates into well-scrubbed & swinging. There's really no better way to describe the performance of eleven of Willey's wide-ranging compositions and one ...

Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community

Read "Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Being a jazz musician sometimes seems like a life ruled by jungle law. Everyone fights for gigs and puts out music on “labels" with only one artist. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Origin Records is an example of a modern artist driven label that has grown through collaboration and community. As Matt Jorgensen, ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Listening to Jazz Knowingly and Authentically: The Epistemology and Ontology of Jazz

Read "Listening to Jazz Knowingly and Authentically: The Epistemology and Ontology of Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

"What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call 'thought.'" --David Hume I deliberately used the words “epistemological" and “ontological" in the title in order to attract your attention. If you don't know what they mean, you're going feel put off or curious. If you do know, you're going ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Grammy Winners 2015 - Jazz

Grammy Winners 2015 - Jazz

31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo The Eye Of The Hurricane Kenny Barron, soloist Track from: Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio (Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio) Label: Whaling City Sound Fingerprints Chick Corea, soloist Track from: Trilogy (Chick Corea Trio) Label: Concord Jazz You & ...

Chris Walden Big Band: Full-On!

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Bailout; I Can Cook Too; Lost in the Memory; Gatsby; Sir Duke; Bada Bamba; If I Only Knew; Only the Lonely; Arturo; Hey Good Looking; Out of Town; Ride Like the Wind.

Full-On!

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Bailout; I Can Cook Too; Lost In The Memory; Gatsby; Sir Duke; Bada Bamba; If I Only Knew; Only The Lonely; Arturo; Hey Good Looking; Out Of Town; Ride Like The Wind.

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Grammy Nominees 2015 - Jazz

Grammy Nominees 2015 - Jazz

31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo The Eye Of The Hurricane Kenny Barron, soloist Track from: Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio (Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio) Label: Whaling City Sound Fingerprints Chick Corea, soloist Track from: Trilogy (Chick Corea Trio) Label: Concord Jazz You & ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Chris Walden Big Band: Full-On!

Read "Chris Walden Big Band: Full-On!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To say that Chris Walden's instrumental compositions and arrangements are the best part of his new big-band album, Full-On!, is not to dismiss the rest as less than adequate. Walden's charts for the ensemble, on the other hand, do provide much of the excitement in a session that is otherwise dominated by vocals (seven in all), ...


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