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Journey of a Friend

Label: HUJE
Released: 2013

Here's to Life!

Label: HUJE
Released: 2007
Track listing: Quiet Sophistication; Here


Howard University Jazz Ensemble: Here's to Life!

Read "Here's to Life!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Every year, almost like clockwork, director Fred Irby III sends me a copy of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble's latest recording, and I am always pleased and happy to be reminded that an undergraduate big band of this caliber resides and plays in my hometown (as a boy growing up in Washington, DC, I lived within ...

Grace Notes: HUJE 2004

Label: HUJE
Released: 2005
Track listing: I Could Write a Book; Verzierungen (Grace Notes); Nobby Jobby; It


The Howard University Jazz Ensemble: Grace Notes: HUJE 2004

Read "Grace Notes: HUJE 2004" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There's a lot to be said for continuity. The Howard University Jazz Ensemble, formed thirty years ago, has had only one director, Fred Irby III. For 29 of those years, Irby has taken the ensemble into a recording studio to produce an album, the most recent of which is Grace Notes, or HUJE 2004. Although the ...


The Howard University Jazz Ensemble '99: Come Sunday: A Tribute to Duke Ellington

Read "Come Sunday: A Tribute to Duke Ellington" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, the most influential composer / arranger / bandleader in the history of Jazz, was born April 29, 1899, in Washington, DC. As it happens, our nation’s capital is also home to Howard University, which boasts one of the country’s foremost undergraduate Jazz ensembles and most respected Jazz Studies programs. In 1971 Ellington ...


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