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Dean Koba

Dean divides his time between adventures on the jazz scene in L.A. and around the country, more steady and mainstream work at Disneyland, and a roster of college students to whom he passes on the lessons (musical and otherwise) he has learned as a lifelong professional. Jazz has been his primary interest since high school, when he was captivated by The Bill Evans Trio recordings (particularly the later ones with Joe LaBarbera on drums). He has remained insatiably curious and enthusiastic about trends in jazz and jazz drumming, and is always engaging as a performer, listener, and audience member, finding inspiration to push the envelope in his own playing

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Miki Purnell: Midnight Bloom

Read "Midnight Bloom" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Vocalist Miki Purnell, in collaboration with longtime music director Tamir Hendelman, has crafted a sophomore album with a theme of beauty within the darkness of night. Titled Midnight Bloom. Joined by drummer Dean Koba and bassist Alex Frank, adding guitarist Pat Kelley and Bob Sheppard on tenor, soprano and flute on choice selections, along with percussionist ...

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Greg Reitan: West 60th

Read "West 60th" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Greg Reitan is based in Los Angeles, a good place to take advantage of the work he has found in film and television. He has also served up four previous top-shelf jazz trio recordings, beginning with his terrific debut, Some Other Time (2009), followed up by Antibes (2010), Daybreak (2011) and Post No Bills, all ...

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Greg Reitan: Post No Bills

Read "Post No Bills" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Los Angeles-based pianist/composer Greg Reitan's Some Other Time (Sunnyside Records) vied for the honors of “Debut of the Year" in 2009. Using his same trio--with bassist Jack Daro and drummer Dean Koba--Reitan followed up that auspicious start with two more outstanding sets, Antibes (2010) and Daybreak (2011), both for the Sunnyside label. With this ...

Take Five With Jeffrey Gimble

Read "Take Five With Jeffrey Gimble" reviewed by Jeffrey Gimble

Meet Jeffrey Gimble: Born and raised in Houston, TX, Gimble grew up going to the gigs of his saxophone-playing father Maynard, who had a popular big band in the '60s and '70s. Despite his natural curiosity for jazz, he was drawn instead to become an actor and musical theater performer and graduated from Houston's ...

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Greg Reitan: Daybreak

Read "Daybreak" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Greg Reitan has, since 1995, carved out a career as an award-winning composer for television and film. It wasn't until 2009, however, that the Los Angeles-based pianist released his first jazz CD, one of the top piano trio recordings of the year, Some Other Time (Sunnyside Records). Reitan followed up this excellent debut with another top-level ...

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Newport Beach (CA) Summer Jazz Series Begins July 6

Sunset Jazz at Newport, featuring straight ahead jazz from top jazz performers, begins July 6 and will continue for 11 summer Wednesday nights at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel in Southern California. The concerts take place at the outside Rose Garden, with patrons sitting comfortably at tables. There will be two sets, 6 and 7:30. Both ...

The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: Wendy; Tangerine; Black Orpheus; Things Ain't What They Used To Be; Take Five; Audrey; Line For Lyons; Body & Soul; Out of Nowhere; Alice In Wonderland.


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