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Fred Irby III

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HUJE 2018

Label: HUJE
Released: 2019
Track listing: I Concentrate on You; Driftin’; Dear Lord; For the Love of Money; Blue Monk; Sweet Cakes; They Can’t Take That Away from Me; Sweet Georgia Peach; Frankie and Johnny.

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Article: Album Review

Howard University Jazz Ensemble: HUJE 2018

Read "HUJE 2018" reviewed by Jack Bowers


One sure sign of spring is the arrival of the latest yearly recording by the superb Howard University Jazz Ensemble, a tradition that dates without pause from the days of vinyl in 1976, one year after the ensemble was formed by its first and only music director, Fred Irby III. For archivists and numbers-crunchers, that's forty-four ...

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A Tribute to Geri Allen

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Bye Ya; Easy Walker; This I Dig of You; Little B’s Poem; Doodlin’; The JAMF’s Are Coming; Kathelin Grey; A Communion of My Soul; For Real Moments; Give the Band a Hand.

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Article: Album Review

2017 Howard University Jazz Ensemble: A Tribute to Geri Allen

Read "A Tribute to Geri Allen" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Pianist / composer Geri Allen, one of the Howard University Jazz Studies program's distinguished alumnae, left us far too soon, succumbing to cancer on June 27, 2017, two weeks after her sixtieth birthday. During a career that spanned more than thirty-five years, Allen performed and recorded with a who's who of renowned jazz artists from Ron ...

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Beatrice

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Beatrice; Central Park West; On Broadway; A Ra (The Toad); Evidence; Alfie; Nostalgia; Una Muy Bonita.

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Article: Album Review

Howard University Jazz Ensemble: Beatrice

Read "Beatrice" reviewed by Jack Bowers


One sure sign of spring is the arrival of the latest studio recording by the always exemplary Howard University Jazz Ensemble, a tradition that dates to 1976, one year after Fred Irby III (who remains its first and only music director) founded the Washington, DC-based ensemble. Unlike most of these enterprises, which are labeled HUJE followed ...

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Article: Interview

Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”

Read "Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


The griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician, a repository of oral tradition who is often seen as a societal leader. Saxophonist Greg Osby recently was excited to meet some griots on his travels. While he is originally from jny: St. Louis, he himself is a griot in many senses of ...

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HUJE 2014

Label: HUJE
Released: 2015
Track listing: Ramblin’; Bright Mississippi; I Can’t Help It; Search for Peace; Joshua; Where Is Love?: Pannonica; Fried Bananas; Hard Times; In Case You Missed It.

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Article: Album Review

Howard University Jazz Ensemble: HUJE 2014

Read "HUJE 2014" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Another year, another splendid album by the exemplary Howard University Jazz Ensemble from Washington, DC. Not that that should surprise anyone; Fred Irby III, who is completing his fortieth year as the band's first and only director, has ushered his students into a recording studio for the last thirty-nine of them, dating back to the days ...


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