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Jeff Colella

Jeff Colella is one of LA’s busiest jazz pianists. Besides performing in concert as a solo artist and with his trio, he maintains a very active schedule as an accompanist, recording artist, arranger, clinician and teacher. Jeff’s most recent recording is a collaboration with the veteran bassist Putter Smith that will be released in early 2013. He has two other releases as leader, “Alone Together” and “Letting Go,” both trio recordings and both on Sea Breeze Records. His music has been recorded by several artists, most recently by the noted saxophonist Bob Sheppard, who recorded two of Jeff’s compositions on his latest CD “Close Your Eyes”, released on BFM Records

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Back to the Garden

Label: Jewel City Jazz
Released: 2021
Track listing: Get Together; Up on the Roof; American Tune; Big Yellow Taxi; The Times They Are A- Changin'; Since You Asked; For What It's Worth; Everybody's Talkin'; Forever Young; Who Knows Where the Time Goes.

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Article: Album Review

Judy Wexler: Back to the Garden

Read "Back to the Garden" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Man, if you can pick a tougher project to sell to an aging Boomer than Judy Wexler's Back to the Garden, then you will have to say what it might be. For a lot of the Swinging and Breathing Elderly, this music is intensely personal. Not just where were you, or who were you with? But ...

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A Bi-Coastal Christmas

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Winter Wonderland; This Christmas; We Three Kings; A Time for Christmas; Carol of the Drum (The Little Drummer Boy); A Christmas Love Song; O Little Town of Bethlehem; The Christmas Song; Christmas in July; Silent Night.

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Article: Album Review

Deborah Shulman: The Shakespeare Project

Read "The Shakespeare Project" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


William Shakespeare's works have generated many musical endeavors. Duke Ellington's Such Sweet Thunder (Columbia Records, 1957) and Leonard Bernstein's score for West Side Story are among those which come to mind. In 1941, British composer Arthur Young recorded Shakespeare in Swing (Decca Records, 1941), which featured his compositions over Shakespeare's words. And, in 1964, celebrated British ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow


Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Concert 4: Keen and Peachy: Music of the Woody Herman Second Herd -Directed by Michael Berkowitz ...

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News: Recording

From Jazz Noir to Technicolor, Jazz Vocalist Sylvia Brooks Reveals a Vivid Array of New Emotional Hues on her Gorgeous Third Album, "The Arrangement"

From Jazz Noir to Technicolor, Jazz Vocalist Sylvia Brooks Reveals a Vivid Array of New Emotional Hues on her Gorgeous Third Album, "The Arrangement"

With her first two critically acclaimed albums, jazz vocalist Sylvia Brooks introduced a sensuous jazz-noir sound redolent of femme fatales and tough guys, crooked deals and deep-shadowed urban nightscapes. But no great artist wants to be typecast, and with her third album, The Arrangement, she steps out of the mist and fog into the sunlight, where ...

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Article: Album Review

Sylvia Brooks: The Arrangement

Read "The Arrangement" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Vocalist Sylvia Brooks likes to provide her music a noir patina, that smoky and dark evening tone preferred by the likes of the fictional hard men: Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and Jeff Markham. On her third recording, The Arrangement, this patina is given a high buff shine into something more contemporary, without losing any of the ...

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Lotus Blossom

Label: American Jazz Institute
Released: 2014
Track listing: Desert Passes; Time Remembered; The Very Thought Of You; All Blues; Candle; You Must Believe In Spring; Gone Too Soon; Lotus Blossom.

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Article: Album Review

Jeff Colella/Putter Smith: Lotus Blossom

Read "Lotus Blossom" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Lotus Blossom is an absorbing date that projects plaintive beauty, reflective moods, and introspective ideals. It's a meeting of two master musicians who engage in thoughtful conversation that's quietly emotive. Pianist Jeff Colella, who's worked with everybody from vocalist Lou Rawls to arranging-composing legend Bill Holman, and bassist Putter Smith, whose credits include ...


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