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Take Five with Ed Palermo

Read "Take Five with Ed Palermo" reviewed by Edward Palermo

Meet Ed Palermo Ed Palermo is an arranger, composer and alto saxophonist mostly known for his big band and their interpretations of the music of Ed's hero, Frank Zappa. Coming out of college in jny: Chicago, his initial plan was to become a great jazz tenor saxophonist in the vein of Michael Brecker, Steve Grossman and ...

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The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

Ed Palermo may have gained an international following with his ingenious orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. Earlier in the year, the saxophonist released an uproarious double album The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2, a project celebrating an expansive roster of songs by successive waves of British invaders, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Interplay Jazz Orchestra: Detour

Read "Detour" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Making a big band album is no easy feat, what with the organizational aspects, the musical demands, and the costs associated with such a venture. But as difficult as all of that may be to deal with, the real trick is in sustaining and developing this type of ensemble. Extrinsic benefits for participation are few, as ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Carol Fredette at Jazz at Kitano

Read "Carol Fredette at Jazz at Kitano" reviewed by Nick Catalano

Carol Fredette Jazz at Kitano New York, NY November 19, 2015 Jazz at Kitano, the club in Gotham's Kitano Hotel on Park Ave. and 38th St., continues to grow in popularity with artists and audiences alike -the former avidly competing for the best dates and the latter chatting ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Lalama Brothers: The Crepuscule Variations

Read "The Crepuscule Variations" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Ralph Lalama and Dave Lalama grew up in a home surrounded by the Great American Songbook which resulted in a highly evolved affinity, almost genetically implanted deep within their DNA appreciation for the songs of yesteryear. Both have made a career of music and have mastered the many nuances of the jazz language. Their new recording, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Lalama Brothers: Erie Avenue

Read "Erie Avenue" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The Lalama brothers have logged plenty of miles in the jazz world, but Erie Avenue, so named for the street where the brothers grew up in West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, is the first record they've ever put out together. Pianist Dave Lalama has worked with everybody from drum titan Buddy Rich to vocal icon ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Interplay Jazz Orchestra: My Love You're Free

Read "The Interplay Jazz Orchestra: My Love You're Free" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Is there any sound as glorious as that of a big band in full swing? While that question is somewhat rhetorical, there's no question about the fact that the big band was once synonymous with all that was right, good and adventurous in jazz. While it's true that these large ensembles haven't ruled ...

The Hofstra Project

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: Full House; Where Are You; No Evidence; Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love; Inner Urge; Pent-Up House; Moody's Mood For Love; St. Thelonious; Tricotism; The Song Isn't You; The Peacocks; Blues For...; Evansville.

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...


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