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Jeff Ellwood

Jeff Ellwood is the newly appointed Director of Instrumental Jazz Studies at Mt. San Antonio College. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music and Master of Music degree from Cal State Fullerton. He has studied saxophone and improvisation with: James Moody, Rick Margitza, Billy Pierce, George Garzone, Hal Crook, Gary Foster, Eric Marienthal, Charlie Banacos, Jim Odgren, James Rotter, and Charles Richard. Jeff has shared the stage with: Tony Bennett, James Moody, Joe Zawinal, Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Stevie Wonder, Bob Mintzer, Eddie Daniels, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Grusin, John Williams, and Quincy Jones to name a few. In 2001 Jeff was awarded the “Best College Saxophonist Award” at the prestigious Reno Jazz Festival

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Be With Me

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Topsy; You and the Night and the Music; Camouflage; Spring Ahead; Chloe; Be with Me; Soul Eyes; My Shining Hour; Wheatland; Sunny.

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Article: Album Review

The Matt Gordy Jazz Tonite Sextet: Be With Me

Read "Be With Me" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In 2006, drummer Matt Gordy heeded the mandate to “go west, young man," moving from Boston to Los Angeles, while he was still “young at heart," and quickly becoming a mainstay of the local scene, after years of success as a jazz and classical drummer in New England, and even with the Maracaibo, Venezuela, Symphony Orchestra, ...

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The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Moonscape; Nardis; The Fotomat Song; The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful; Armadillo Research; Ant Dance; Cheek to Cheek; The Mighty Dollar; Tom and Jerry; Hikky Burr.

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The Sounds Around The House

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: U-R; Agrodolce; Old School Blues; Provence; The Sounds Around The House; King Henry; Barcelona; The Honeymoon; For Roger

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Article: Album Review

Jeff Ellwood: The Sounds Around The House

Read "The Sounds Around The House" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


As a professional musician hoping to have a meaningful career, hiding one's light under a bushel, may not be the best way to recognizable success. Such might be the case for tenor saxophonist Jeff Ellwood. He may have fallen into the trap evinced by the Dave Frishberg ditty “I Want To Be ...

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Article: Album Review

Jeff Benedict Big Band: The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful

Read "The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As saxophonist Jeff Benedict is a professor emeritus of music at California State University-Los Angeles, he shouldn't be overly concerned if an impartial observer should decide to grade the southern California-based Jeff Benedict Big Band's second album, The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful. After careful listening, herewith is the report card. Brass and reeds: ...

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Article: Album Review

Bill Cunliffe: BACHanalia

Read "BACHanalia" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As the title denotes, pianist Bill Cunliffe and his ensemble take a swing (literally) at the great Johann Sebastian on BACHanalia, pivoting as well toward the music of C.P.E. Bach, Sergei Prokofiev, Manuel de Falla, Cole Porter, Oscar Levant and Cunliffe himself. In spite of its classical veneer, this is at its core a jazz session, ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Danny Freyer Vocal Album Release Show At Vitellos May 15th, Los Angeles

Danny Freyer Vocal Album Release Show At Vitellos May 15th, Los Angeles

Vocalist Danny Freyer performs on May 15th at Upstairs at Vitellos in Studio City, CA, where fans of jazz vocals have the chance to discover this new voice as he celebrates his debut jazz album, Must Be Love. “Jazz Singer Danny Freyer is a new voice that must be heard." —Willard Manus. Described as having a ...

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Article: Big Band Caravan

Phil Woods / Stan Kenton / The Les Hooper Band

Read "Phil Woods / Stan Kenton / The Les Hooper Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Phil Woods / DePaul University Jazz Ensemble Solitude Jazzed Media 2010 Not to underplay the title, but Solitude, from alto saxophone master Phil Woods and the splendid DePaul University Jazz Ensemble, embodies far more than the sort of serenity it implies. In fact, Woods is as animated and ...


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