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Jeff Kaye

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Jeff Kaye was born in the Bronx in 1951. At a young age, his family moved to the Washington DC area, shuffling back and forth between DC and the Bronx for thirteen years and finally settling in DC, which today is still Kaye’s hometown. Kaye started playing piano at the age of 10. While in high school he played in a local rock and roll band, “The Immortals.” The band got a chance to perform at the Steel Pier where Kaye was able to see Gene Krupa play live in a venue adjacent to their performing area. This was his first exposure to jazz. When he expressed an interest in jazz, his father took him to a local jazz venue in DC, “The Villa Rosa” to see Jimmy Smith

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"Modern Sounds," or: Running a Marathon in Full Body Armor

Read ""Modern Sounds," or: Running a Marathon in Full Body Armor" reviewed by Jack Bowers


From October 19-25 Betty and I were at the Los Angeles Marriott Airport Hotel to attend Modern Sounds, the L.A. Jazz Institute's four-day salute to West Coast jazz, followed by a day-long tribute to Stan Kenton on the hundredth anniversary of the legendary bandleader's birth. We arrived a day early to be primed and ready for ...

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"A Swingin' Affair" Outshines Its Name

Read ""A Swingin' Affair" Outshines Its Name" reviewed by Jack Bowers


With an appreciative bow and genial tip of the hat to the late Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, the Los Angeles Jazz Institute named its semi-annual big-band soiree May 21-24 at the Sheraton LAX Four Points Hotel “A Swingin' Affair." Was the event able to live up to its name? In the immortal words of ...

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Bo Bo Bazinsky In the Bronx

Label: New Indie Artists
Released: 2007
Track listing: Out of Blue; 20 Blind 20; Bobo Bazinsky in the Bronx; There Is No Greater Love; Country Wizard; The In Crowd; The Big Smoke; Ain't Necessarily So.

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35 Days in May: Bo Bo Bazinsky In the Bronx

Read "Bo Bo Bazinsky In the Bronx" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


One of the most attractive things about jazz in the 21st Century is its polyglot nature. No longer is it the music of the classic trumpet-tenor saxophone quintet playing transmogrified blues and show tunes. Today, influences as disparate at Eastern Indian drones and Karl Stockhausen electronica, are tossed into the beaker on the stir plate with ...

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Just Like Me

Label: Jazzed Media
Released: 2005
Track listing: Harvey Headbanger; Two Deaf Lice; Sozinho; Real Gone; Partido in Mar Vista; Everything I Have Is Yours; That

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Jeff Kaye: Just Like Me

Read "Just Like Me" reviewed by Jack Bowers


This breezy, boppish blowing session by Los Angeles-based trumpeter Jeff Kaye's quintet calls to mind Blue Note dates from the '50s and '60s featuring the likes of Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, Wynton Kelly, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton, Wayne Shorter, Tommy Flanagan, and so many others. It's most likely not destined to become a classic, ...


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