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Ernest Andrew Royal was a jazz trumpeter. His older brother was clarinetist and alto saxophonist Marshal Royal, with whom he appears on the classic Ray Charles big band recording The Genius of Ray Charles.

He began in Los Angeles as a member of Les Hite's Orchestra in 1937. In the following 20 years he would work with Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Wardell Gray, Stan Kenton and recording as a member of the Charles Mingus Octet, with Teo Macero, John Lewis and Kenny Clarke, among others, in 1953. He led ten albums, most of them recorded in Paris. In 1957 he became a staff musician for the American Broadcasting Company

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Article: Live Review

George Russell’s New York N.Y. Receives World Premiere At Milton Court

Read "George Russell’s New York N.Y. Receives World Premiere At Milton Court" reviewed by Chris May


Guildhall Induction Jazz Orchestra & Choir Milton Court Concert Hall Guildhall School of Music & Drama London September 27, 2023 Addressing the audience before the Guildhall Induction Jazz Orchestra's recreation of George Russell's first large-ensemble masterpiece, New York N.Y. (Decca, 1959), director and conductor Scott Stroman explained the choice ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Michel Legrand: Hollywood Hitmaker And Jazz Genius

Read "Michel Legrand: Hollywood Hitmaker And Jazz Genius" reviewed by Chris May


For many jazz fans, Michel Legrand is celebrated, if he is celebrated at all, for one album only: the masterpiece Legrand Jazz (Columbia, 1958). But Legrand's jazz legacy is more extensive than that, including other historic recordings, with large and small ensembles, under his own name and by Stan Getz and Phil Woods, whose Images (RCA, ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics

Read "From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics" reviewed by Chris May


The only thread running through this installment of Building A Jazz Library is that of unsung quality. No particular artist is spotlighted, nor any particular genre. There are simply ten, randomly selected albums, recorded in the US and Europe between 1953 and 2021, which show jazz off at its finest, but which, for one reason or ...

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In a Lighter Vein

Label: Sounds of Yesteryear
Released: 2020
Track listing: Theme and Introduction; Young Blood; Laura; ‘S Wonderful; Sophisticated Lady; In a Lighter Vein; It’s a Blue World; Jump for Joe; I’ve Got You Under My Skin; Autumn in New York; Taboo; Moonlight in Vermont; Jeepers Creepers; Harlem Nocturne; Body and Soul; Zoot; April in Paris; Intermission Riff; My Funny Valentine; Stompin’ at the Savoy; Lullaby of Birdland; Theme and Sign Off.

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Article: Album Review

Stan Kenton and His Orchestra: In a Lighter Vein

Read "In a Lighter Vein" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Stan Kenton was a man of many moods, as was his intrepid and popular orchestra, which endured until his passing in August 1979 and whose renown is kept alive even today by the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra. Kenton dons his carefree hat on In a Lighter Vein, an assortment of straight-ahead themes from the orchestra's jazz ...

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Article: Interview

Marvin Stamm: Team Player

Read "Marvin Stamm: Team Player" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Trumpeter Marvin Stamm is known for being part of a gazillion albums, having that ability to go into a studio and play exactly what's required, whether it's for a records by pop singers, jazz artists, Paul McCartney, Donny Hathaway or touring with Frank Sinatra. It's a reputation the highly skilled player earned with hard work.

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 Soundtrack Albums

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Jazz and the movies have a shared history stretching back almost a hundred years. The relationship came into its own in the US in the mid twentieth century. Elia Kazan's 1950 movie Panic In The Streets is an early example of how film makers used jazz-based soundtracks to enhance drama and atmosphere and create ambiances of ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow


Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Concert 4: Keen and Peachy: Music of the Woody Herman Second Herd -Directed by Michael Berkowitz ...

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Article: Interview

Ricordiamo Gerald Wilson

Read "Ricordiamo Gerald Wilson" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Era rimasto l'unico grande bandleader della Swing Era, Gerald Wilson, e la sua recente scomparsa (l'8 settembre scorso, a 96 anni) è stata ricordata dai principali media statunitensi con ampi necrologi. Purtroppo in Italia è rimasta quasi inosservata. Superato il picco di popolarità dei primi anni sessanta, con un orchestra che vinse prestigiosi referendum, Wilson ebbe ...


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