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Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

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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 ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

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

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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 ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra / Tim Davies Big Band / New England Jazz Ensemble

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John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel OrchestraOur First SetSelf Published2010 Those who mourn the passing of the great trombonists Rob McConnell and Dave McMurdo and, with them, two of the most renowned big bands Canada has ever produced, should take substantial comfort from this superlative debut recording ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Bobby Watson and UMKC Jazz Orchestra / UNT One O'Clock Lab Band / Kurt Rosenwinkel

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Bobby Watson / UMKC Concert Jazz OrchestraThe Gates BBQ SuiteLafiya Music2010 When alto saxophonist Bobby Watson returned in 2001 to his native Kansas City area to assume the position as director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri--Kansas City, he mentioned to Ollie Gates, proprietor of ...

Jennifer Hall Meets... A West Coast Tribute to Gerry Mulligan

Label: Sea Breeze Jazz
Released: 2007
Track listing: Five Brothers; Elevation; Dragonfly; Apple Core; Festive Minor; Summer

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jennifer Hall: Jennifer Hall Meets... A West Coast Tribute to Gerry Mulligan

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I've heard a number of tributes to the late great Gerry Mulligan, none warmer or more persuasive than this. Jennifer Hall, a superb baritone saxophonist whose abiding respect for Mulligan is evident in every note she plays, has assembled an all-star group of West Coast musicians for a heartfelt remembrance that scans eleven of Mulligan's memorable ...


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