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Nebraska Jazz Orchestra: NJO 40

Read "NJO 40" reviewed by Jack Bowers

NJO 40, the latest CD by the superlative Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, salutes the NJO's first forty years by presenting a series of in-concert recordings taped between 2010-15 whose roster of guest soloists on Tracks 1-10 reads like a who's who of renowned jazz artists from coast to coast. Tack on exemplary charts by Tom Kubis, Eric ...

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

The "Desert Island" Revisited

Read "The "Desert Island" Revisited" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Back in the last millennium, shortly after this column first saw the light of day, I posted a list of twenty “desert island" albums, those that would be snugly ensconced in a crash-proof, water-tight carrying case should yours truly ever be marooned on a miniature atoll with nothing to relieve the boredom save palm trees, coconuts, ...

Sound Check - Jack Cortner & His NY Big Band

Label: Jazzed Media
Released: 2009
Track listing: 1. Strike Up The Band - George Gershwin 04:44 2. Speak Low - Kurt Weill 05:24 3. Sometime Ago - Sergio Mihanovich 05:18 4. Cantaloupe Island - Herbie Hancock 05:43 5. Sound Check - Jack Cortner 04:55 6. Yesterdays - Jerome Kern 06:34 7. Caravan - Juan Tizol 05:17 8. Cinema Paradiso Love Theme - Andrea Morricone 05:11 9. A La Mode - Jack Cortner 04:35 10. You and the Night and the Music - Dietz/Scwartz 05:22 11. It's All Right With Me - Cole Porter 06:09

Sound Check

Label: Jazzed Media
Released: 2009
Track listing: Strike Up the Band; Speak Low; Sometime Ago; Cantaloupe Island; Sound Check; Yesterdays; Caravan; Cinema Paradiso Love Theme; A la Mode; You and the Night and the Music; It's All Right with Me.

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Strike Up the (Unsung) Bands

Read "Strike Up  the (Unsung) Bands" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The big band era is known for producing a number of enormously successful ensembles whose leaders were household names: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson, then on through Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, the brothers Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jack Cortner: Sound Check

Read "Sound Check" reviewed by Robert J. Robbins

Back in 2007, veteran composer/arranger Jack Cortner (a longtime ghost for the late arranger and orchestrator Billy Byers) released Fast Track, his illustrious debut as a bandleader for the Jazzed Media label, with ex-Kenton and Herman trumpeter Marvin Stamm and his erstwhile sidekick, pianist Bill Mays, as the principal soloists. With Sound Check, Cortner, Stamm, and ...

Fast Track

Label: Jazzed Media
Released: 2007
Track listing: Who's 'at Talkin'; Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise; Ballad for Betsy; Etude; Secret Love; On the Trail; Limehouse Blues; Slowdown; Flimfam Ma'am; Fast Track; Lover Man (57:18).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jack Cortner New York Big Band: Fast Track

Read "Fast Track" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Trumpeter Jack Cortner has been an integral part of New York's vibrant music scene for over forty-five years, primarily as a composer and arranger writing for Broadway musical theatre, commercials and television. While you may not be familiar with his work in jazz, you have probably heard his music if you've ever seen the popular soaps ...


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