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Gary Smulyan

Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan is critically acclaimed as one of the major voices on the baritone saxophone today. As a teenager growing up on Long Island, Gary had the opportunity to perform with Lee Konitz, Chet Baker, and Jimmy Knepper. In 1978 he was asked to join Woody Herman's Young Thundering Herd, which at that time included Joe Lovano, Marc Johnson and John Riley. He left Herman in 1980 and moved back to New York to join the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra led by Bob Brookmeyer. Mr. Smulyan has recorded and performed worldwide with Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Ray Charles, B.B

ARTICLE: RADIO

New music from Wojtek Mazolewski

Read "New music from Wojtek Mazolewski" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show the featured release is the latest album by Wojtek Mazolewski Following the rhapsodic response to his debut Whirlwind release--a deluxe edition of Polka which, internationally, broke through into dance clubs and rock and indie festivals--the double bassist now focuses attention on the music of his compatriot Krzysztof Komeda (1931--1969), a legend ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gareth Bane - Pat Belliveau - Keith O'Rourke: Baritone Madness

Read "Baritone Madness" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Like America's earlier Three Baritone Saxophone Band (Gary Smulyan, Ronnie Cuber, the late Nick Brignola), Canada's Baritone Madness teams three baritone saxophonists (Keith O'Rourke, Pat Belliveau, Gareth Bane) with bass and drums (no piano) for an engaging program which is centered mainly in the lower register but earns high marks for resourcefulness and enthusiasm.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

2019 Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan August 30-September 2, 2019 According to the official count, the 40th edition of the largest free jazz festival in North America drew a record crowd numbering some 325,000. Boasting four stages as part of the festival footprint, there seemed to be a reduction in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill O'Connell and The Afro Caribbean Ensemble: Wind Off The Hudson

Read "Wind Off The Hudson" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bill O'Connell has had plenty to say with his piano in recent times, basically knocking out a session a year for the Savant imprint. And with an exploration within the solo format, a trip with an augmented trio, and ventures promoting a medium-sized conglomerate of heavy-hitters, he's certainly traversed quite an expanse there. But, as Wind ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Tula's Jazz Club: Soliloquy to a Seattle Jazz Institution

Read "Tula's Jazz Club: Soliloquy to a Seattle Jazz Institution" reviewed by Paul Rauch

It was the tail end of a long weekend. Temperatures had risen to 80 degrees under a sunny only-in-Seattle blue sky, the waterways and markets humming with a sea of humanity. It was not a night one would expect many to venture into the quiet, dark solitude of Tula's Jazz Club, where for nearly 26 years ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival

Read "Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Mark Holston

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival Buenos Aires, Argentina November 14-19, 2018 Over the course of its 11-year history, the annual Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival has taken Monk's “Straight, No Chaser" creed to heart. When it comes to programming, few festivals in the world can match the Argentine event for its choice ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Fourth Night)

Read "23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Fourth Night)" reviewed by Pablo Reyes

On January 6, the fourth and final night of the 23rd Punta del Este Jazz Festival in Uruguay featured pianist Aaron Diehl's trio including bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Quincy Davis as well as the duo of vocalist Nnenna Freelon and guitarist Chico Pinheiro. Alto saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera also presented The Music of Chick ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Second Night)

Read "23rd Punta Del Este Jazz Festival In Uruguay (Second Night)" reviewed by Pablo Reyes

For its second night of music on January 4, the 23rd Punta del Este Jazz Festival in Uruguay welcomed saxophonist Gary Smulyan playing the music of Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan with bassist David Wong, drummer Rodney Green and trumpeter Diego Urcola. Also onstage were the Aaron Diehl trio with Paul Sikivie and Quincy Davis as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jay Thomas with the Oliver Groenewald Newnet: I Always Knew

Read "I Always Knew" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jay Thomas has lived the jazz life. He has endured, overcome, and continued to artistically thrive through all the ruminations of a path chosen by few. While much of his life may form a parallel story to those of many, Thomas' version, his personal adjunct to its litany, is a story of artistic triumph that opened ...


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