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Hi-Fly

Label: HUJE
Released: 2020
Track listing: In Your Own Sweet Way; Aren’t You Glad You’re You; Hi-Fly; The Jumpin’ Blues; Blues Walk; Moon River; Old Devil Moon; Star Eyes.

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We Shall Overcome

Label: HUJE
Released: 2020
Track listing: We Shall Overcome; Honeysuckle Rose; Love; The Sad Ones; Sassy Samba; Ribbon in the Sky; St. Louis Blues; Hands Up, Don’t Shoot; Heal Again; We Three Kings; His Eye Is on the Sparrow.

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Howard University Jazz Ensemble: Hi-Fly

Read "Hi-Fly" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In 2020, the superb Howard University Jazz Ensemble from the US capital marked its forty-fifth anniversary. Since its inception in 1975, the ensemble has had only one director, Fred Irby III, its founder and guiding force for lo these many years. One year after organizing the group, Irby assembled its members for a visit to a ...

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Afro Blue: We Shall Overcome

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The vocal group Afro Blue was founded (in 2002) by its director, Connaitre Miller, Jazz Voice Coordinator at Howard University in Washington, DC. Miller's approach to vocal jazz is patterned after that of such celebrated groups as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, the Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, a blueprint that has served Afro Blue well and ...

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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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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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HUJE 2015

Label: HUJE
Released: 2016
Track listing: Theme for Malcolm; Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk; Valse Hot; Soul Eyes; Blues for AL; Love Dance; Stablemates; Lonely Woman; Freedom Sound; Starmaker.

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Howard University Jazz Ensemble: HUJE 2015

Read "HUJE 2015" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In 1975, Howard University, a bulwark of higher education in our nation's capital since 1867, formed its first Jazz Ensemble and named a young trumpeter / educator, Fred Irby III, as director. One year later, Irby ushered the ensemble into a recording studio to verify its prowess, a tradition that has continued uninterrupted for forty years. ...

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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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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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