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Dick Oatts

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Born and raised in the state of Iowa, Dick Oatts was brought up in a musical family. He was introduced to the saxophone by his father Jack Oatts, a respected jazz educator and saxophonist. After high school, Dick attended Drake University and in 1972 he began his professional career in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

       It was 1977 when Oatts decided to move to New York City. He then became a member if the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra. Since then he has recorded and toured with small groups such as Red Rodney, Eddie Gomez, Vic Juric, Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis, Dom Salvador, Jerry Bergonzi, Flim & the BB's, Fred Hersch, Dave Berkman, Soren Moller, Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis, Lalo Schiffrin, and Ray Mantilla.

      His big band and larger group experience include performances with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mel Lewis, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Lester Bowie, Joe Lovano, Sam Jones-Tom Harrell, Paquito D'Rivera, Jim McNeely, Tito Puente, Kenny Wheeler, and Gunther Schuller

Album

Don't Let Go

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Disc 1—Breathe Deep; Morning Hope; Four-Letter Words; Kiss the Ground; Burnin’ Daylight; A Summer Midnight’s Dream; Necessary. Disc 2—I Wonder; You’re a Long Way from Home; You Never Know; Smile Slow; Letting Go; Touch the Sky; Don’t Let Go.

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Matthew Muñeses

Read "Take Five with Matthew Muñeses" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Matthew Muñeses Matthew Muñeses is a saxophonist and educator residing in the northwest suburbs of jny: Chicago. In 2011, he received his B.M. in Saxophone Performance at Illinois State University and his M.M. in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. During this time, Matthew studied with Dana Hall, Chip McNeill, ...

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Article: Live Review

43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Part 1 | Part 2 43rd Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Playhouse Sqaurejny:Cleveland, Ohio June 23-25, 2022 Not quite ten years ago in 2014, the Tri-C JazzFest morphed from a spring event held largely on campus to a summer happening in downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square. Like with most festivals, the ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Denis Gäbel: A Deeper Meaning

Read "Denis Gäbel: A Deeper Meaning" reviewed by Matty Bannond


This year, the hr-Bigband welcomes star guests including Nils Landgren, Camille Thurman and John Beasley. It also welcomes a new lead tenor saxophonist: Denis Gäbel. In an interview with All About Jazz, he shares his thoughts about playing with this historic and highly-regarded German big band. Denis Gäbel grew up in a showbiz family. ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Holober & Balancing Act: Don't Let Go

Read "Don't Let Go" reviewed by Jack Bowers


With Don't Let Go, pianist Mike Holober and the octet Balancing Act seemed to have found an ideal way to cross-breed classical motifs and contemporary jazz to produce a pleasurable listening experience. Then he added lyrics. Granted, not all lyrics are superfluous—even those that are either nebulous or indecipherable, as is too often the case here. ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Meet Trumpeter Danny Jonokuchi

Read "Meet Trumpeter Danny Jonokuchi" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. When Danny Jonokuchi was attending Agoura Hills High School in Agoura, CA, trumpeter Terell Stafford visited in 2006 and 2008 to conduct clinics, preparing the high school band for competition in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington festival. (Agoura Hills took second place in 2006).

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News: Recording

Trombonist And Vocalist Hailey Brinnel Brings New Life To Hidden Gems Of The Heyday Of The Swing Era With Her Debut Album, 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles'

Trombonist And Vocalist Hailey Brinnel Brings New Life To Hidden Gems Of The Heyday Of The Swing Era With Her Debut Album, 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles'

Described as “a versatile talent on so many levels of expression” with “amazing control and grace” by legendary saxophonist Dick Oatts, and as writing “inspired arrangements” that “serve as the perfect channel to highlight her extraordinary talent, with a seamless reverence for tradition and unique, fresh style that keeps the music swinging” by DIVA Jazz Orchestra ...

Album

Continuing Action

Label: CoolCraft
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Mouse Pad (The Pad of the Mouse) (Live) 2. Subterranean Heights (Live) 3. The Frame of Forever... (Live) 4. Parallel Suite 2020: I. Expansions 5. Parallel Suite 2020: II. Standing Motion 6. Parallel Suite 2020: III. Determination

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

John Patitucci, Dick Oatts, Count Basie and More

Read "John Patitucci, Dick Oatts, Count Basie and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we focus on new releases and look for a unique perspective on this COVID-19 pandemic world. We hear from John Patitucci, Avram Fefer, Paul Jost and Marc Benham. This hour also features a host of legends and a special dedication to Chadwick Boseman. Playlist John Patitucci with John Beasley “Sam Rivers" MONK'estra ...


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