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Dave Ballou

Trumpeter/Composer Dave Ballou can be heard in a variety of settings; from solo trumpet improvisations to large ensembles performing notated compositions. His recordings as a leader can be found on the Steeplechase, CleanFeed and pfMentum record labels.  Ballou has performed or recorded with ensembles led by Rabih Abou-Kahlil, Steely Dan, Michael Formanek, Woody Herman, Andrew Hill, John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, Sheila Jordan, Oliver Lake, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Dewey Redman and Maria Schneider.  Ballou worked closely with the late Gunther Schuller performing as soloist on the definitive recording of Journey into Jazz with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and as a featured soloist for the world premiere of Schuller’s Encounters. He was an orchestra member for the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of 42nd St. (2001-2004). Currently, Ballou is Professor of Music at Towson University in Towson, MD where he is the leader of the Jazz/Commercial Music program.

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News: Recording

Jazz Vocalist Chris Humphrey Unveils Clark Terry Tribute

Jazz Vocalist Chris Humphrey Unveils Clark Terry Tribute

Jazz vocalist/pianist Chris Humphrey has been working with drummer Les Harris Jr. on a labor of love in tribute to the great jazz trumpeter Clark Terry. Clark Terry was one of the only musicians to play with both Duke Ellington and Count Basie's orchestras. His sound on the trumpet and flugelhorn is immediately recognizable and his ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tomas Fujiwara's Triple Double, MOTDTK & UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra

Read "Tomas Fujiwara's Triple Double, MOTDTK & UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Tomas Fujiwara's one of the most respected drummers in the creative scene, and his new release with Triple Double reinforces that. March is a must-have for 2022. The UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra is the leading large ensemble, and their new Last Dance is a gem too. One of the hottest people around is saxophonist James Brandon ...

Album

Blue Vertical

Label: Out Of Your Head Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Twardzik; OKWA; Blue Poles; Isabella; Philosophy Series; Blue Vertical; Good Treble; Legacy Stories; Face Music.

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Article: Year in Review

Mark Corroto's Best Recordings Of 2021

Read "Mark Corroto's Best Recordings Of 2021" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Another year in jazz, and another year in global pandemic jazz. When we look back on these times, I believe we will refer to them much like the designations BC and AD (or BCE and CE, if you like). We'll ask, what was music like before masks and social distancing; and, remember when we squeezed together ...

Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Entity

Read "Entity" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Undicesimo album per l'Orchestra New York di Satoko Fujii, qui composta di tredici elementi, dei quali ben nove già presenti nel primo lavoro, South Wind, risalente al lontano 1997. Il disco è registrato nel maggio del 2019 ed è uscito già lo scorso anno, ma merita egualmente grande attenzione, in quanto si tratta di un lavoro ...

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Article: Album Review

Mario Pavone: Blue Vertical

Read "Blue Vertical" reviewed by John Sharpe


There is an inevitably tinge of sadness to Blue Vertical. Not because of any particular flavor of the music, but because, along with Isabella (Clean Feed, 2021) it's one of two final releases by bassist Mario Pavone, who died aged 80 less than two months after this March 2021 recording session. Pavone began his career in ...

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Article: Album Review

Warriors of the Wonderful Sound: Soundpath

Read "Soundpath" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Nel 2011 il sassofonista di Filadelfia Bobby Zankel, leader della big band The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound e promotore di laboratori di musica contemporanea, propose a Muhal Richard Abrams un lavoro compositivo che avrebbe dovuto essere affidato alla band, con la direzione dello stesso pianista. Operazioni di questo tipo erano già state realizzate da Zankel ...

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Article: Album Review

Mario Pavone / Dialect Trio +1: Blue Vertical

Read "Blue Vertical" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Bassist and composer Mario Pavone died on May 15, 2021, after a seventeen-year battle with cancer. The Connecticut native had many interests and earned a degree in engineering, a Doris Duke Foundation grant and, for a quarter-century, shared his wisdom and talent with kids at the Litchfield Performing Arts Jazz Camp, where he also served as ...

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Article: Jazz Raconteurs

Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries

Read "Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


COVID-19 has decimated the live music business and left many jazz musicians without the much-needed income from gigs. The absence of live music has been partially compensated for by livestream performances and a small number of outdoor gigs, including those supported by the Arts for Arts group. Nevertheless, feel-good stories have been few and far between ...


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