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Holly Hofmann

Born near Cleveland, Ohio, Holly began playing jazz standards with her father, a jazz guitarist. Her formal education included studying with Maurice Sharp, principal flutist of the Cleveland Orchestra and earning B.M. from Cleveland Institute of Music and M.M. from University of Northern Colorado. She moved from Colorado to San Diego in the late 80s and began playing with pianist Mike Wofford, and bassist Bob Magnusson. She recorded her first CD with them in 1989. It was during this time in the early nineties she booked a four night national jazz program in San Diego’s Horton Grand Hotel. At this time, Holly began touring with pianist Bill Cunliffe. The two toured festivals and chamber venues worldwide, presenting both jazz and classical compositions in brilliantly seamless arrangements. They recorded Just Duet, Vol. 1 and 2 and Live at Birdland in a quartet with legendary bassist Ray Brown and drummer Victor Lewis.

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Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine: Tasty Tunes

Read "Tasty Tunes" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Tasty Tunes is the fifth CD by Ira B. Liss' stalwart San Diego-based Jazz Machine, which was formed almost forty years ago, in 1979--a span that, when reckoned in big-band years, is much closer to a century or more. While other bands have come and gone the Jazz Machine has adamantly stayed the course, presenting dynamic ...

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Low Life: The Alto Flute Project

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Jack of Hearts; Touch the Fog; Grow (for Dick Oatts); Lumiere de la Vie; Cedar Would; The Very Thought of You; Make Me Rainbow; Soul-Leo; Farmer's Trust.

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Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band: Game Changer

Read "Game Changer" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Non sarà tra quelli che segnano una tappa nella storia del jazz ma i pregi di questo disco sono molti e forse detiene un primato. È uno dei rari album, forse l'unico con un'organico così ampio, a presentare un'orchestra di soli flautisti, eccetto i tre componenti della sezione ritmica. Una decina d'anni fa Ali ...

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Holly Hofmann: Low Life: The Alto Flute Project

Read "Low Life: The Alto Flute Project" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Holly Hofmann, one of the jazz world's premier flutists, explores a deeper-toned territory with Low Life: The Alto Flute Project. Primarily a conventional C flautist--with an impressive discography--Hofmann has broken out the lower tone of the alto flute in her concerts, and occasionally on record. Now it's time for a full length CD featuring her expertise ...

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Furthering The Flute In Jazz: Holly Hofmann and Bill McBirnie

Read "Furthering The Flute In Jazz: Holly Hofmann and Bill McBirnie" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Long gone are the days when the flute was only seen as a jazz novelty or a saxophonist's double. Once upon a time you could count the number of notable jazz flautists on a hand (or two), but the ranks have swelled a little bit over the years, and those leading the charge today aren't content ...

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Mike Wofford: It's Personal

Read "It's Personal" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Sono appena una decina i dischi a nome di Mike Wofford, a fronte di una prestigiosa carriera iniziata in California negli ultimi anni del West Coast Jazz e tutt'ora in pieno svolgimento all'età di 75 anni. Dotato di una solida preparazione classica, ha iniziato a esibirsi con Shorty Rogers, Art Pepper, Chet ...

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Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band: Game Changer

Read "Game Changer" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Yes, the idea seems rather implausible: a big band comprised of sixteen flutes and rhythm. Flutist Ali Ryerson is the catalyst and guiding hand behind the Jazz Flute Big Band (JFBB), which was formed in 2005 and has been performing at various events across the country ever since. Before dismissing it out of hand, give the ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Wofford: It's Personal

Read "It's Personal" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson


Pianist Mike Wofford can boast decades of high-caliber sideman gigs: notably with vocalists Ella Fitzgerald (for whom he served as music director), Mel Tormé and Sarah Vaughan, as well as drummer Shelly Manne, saxophonist Phil Woods, guitarist Joe Pass and others. His studio work is amply represented on records by a dizzying variety of artists. And ...

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News: Festival

Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party Set for Feb. 14-17

Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party Set for Feb. 14-17

By Larry Taylor Washington Birthday weekend's coming up Feb. 14 to 16, and that is the time for the 13th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party, at Newport Marriott Hotel, Southern California. Fans know this is the gathering of some of the world's finest jazz musicians, playing day and night in the hotel's various venues: Jazz breakfasts, ...


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