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Hank Levy

ABOUT HANK LEVY Hank came of age in the 1940s, when big bands crisscrossed the country playing one-nighters, and when people in Baltimore and other cities regularly went out dancing in nightclubs and ballrooms. There were many excellent bands in the area staffed by musicians in the armed forces and musicians and ideas circulated freely among these groups. Levy was part of this milieu (he attended the Navy School of Music during his three-year hitch) and took full advantage of it in his later career as a teacher, composer, and bandleader. A Baltimore native, Hank graduated from Baltimore City College, where he led his first band, then attended several colleges, including an unhappy year at the Peabody Conservatory

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Stan Kenton Orchestra / Trinity College: Concert Impressions

Read "Concert Impressions" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here's another splendid two-disc anthology from Tantara Productions showcasing music from the capacious Stan Kenton library, performed on Disc 1 by the Kenton Orchestra circa 1972-76 and on Disc 2 by the Trinity College Big Band, Alumni Band and Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and 2007. Tantara has now released more than twenty albums, all devoted to ...

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Whiplash

Read "Whiplash" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Whiplash Directed by Damien Chazelle Sony Pictures Classics 2014 Whiplash is director Damien Chazelle's portrait of an aspiring jazz drummer who falls prey to an overbearing conservatory teacher. Although the film has attracted well-earned praise for its acting and editing, this review sets technical flourish aside and approaches Whiplash not as ...

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New Recording Of Hank Levy's "Whiplash" Releases October 6 With Original Performers

New Recording Of Hank Levy's "Whiplash"  Releases October 6 With Original Performers

Nephew Stewart Levy leads the estate with two new versions of the classic jazz hit Los Angeles, CA: The jazz classic hit, Whiplash by Hank Levy, will see two new versions released on October 6th, 2014, headed by the Hank Levy Estate CEO, Stewart Levy. The new tracks were recorded Sunday, July 27th at Sheffield Recordings ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Did Stan Kenton Swing? You Bet Your Walkin' Shoes He Did...

Read "Did Stan Kenton Swing? You Bet Your Walkin' Shoes He Did..." reviewed by Jack Bowers

I've been listening to a lot of Stan Kenton's music recently while coming to grips with the age-old question, did the Kenton orchestra really swing? The answer, to me, is a no-brainer: Yes, Kenton swung. Liberally and often. [Note: This of course depends on how “swinging" is defined; opinions may vary]. In his own way--although he'd ...

Darmstadter Big Band / Alon Yavnai–NDR Big Band / Red Bank Jazz Orchestra

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Dartstadter Big BandKentomaniaSelf Published2010 Of all the recorded tributes to the legendary Stan Kenton released during the centennial of his birth (2011), the Darmstadter Big Band's Kentomania (it's spelled that way on the jacket cover and disc) is unequaled for one reason alone: it has former Kenton ...

Stan Kenton-UW Eau Claire / Kirk MacDonald Orchestra / Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

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Stan Kenton Orchestra/UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble 1Double Feature, Vol. 3Tantara Productions2012 Volume 3 in Tantara's ongoing two-CD series of Double Features, encompassing heretofore unissued music by the Stan Kenton Orchestra and guests, covers parts of five Kenton concerts spanning the years 1971-77 on Disc 1, and presents ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

These Are a Few of My Favorite....Charts

Read "These Are a Few of My Favorite....Charts" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Whenever the topic of desert islands arises among jazz fans, the focus is invariably on which albums (discs) one would choose to cram into a suitcase if one were ever stranded on an otherwise barren island. While the consideration of particular arrangements seldom governs the debate, I really think it should. After all, few albums, however ...

Phil Woods / Stan Kenton / The Les Hooper Band

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Phil Woods / DePaul University Jazz Ensemble Solitude Jazzed Media 2010 Not to underplay the title, but Solitude, from alto saxophone master Phil Woods and the splendid DePaul University Jazz Ensemble, embodies far more than the sort of serenity it implies. In fact, Woods is as animated and ...

Take Five With Philipp Zarfl

Read "Take Five With Philipp Zarfl" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Philipp Zarfl: Born 1991 in Wolfsberg/Austria, Philipp started playing trombone at the age of 13 in the local music school. Currently (from 2007 on) he has studied with Andi Mittermayer at the Conservatory in Klagenfurt/Austria. Instrument(s): Trombone, Arrangement, Composition. Teachers and/or influences? My influences are ...


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