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Jim McNeely

Jim McNeely was born in Chicago, and moved to New York City in 1975. In 1978 he joined the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. He spent six years as a featured soloist with that band and its successor, Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra (now The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra). 1981 saw the beginning of Jim’s 4-year tenure as pianist/composer with the Stan Getz Quartet. From 1990 until 1995 he held the piano chair in the Phil Woods Quintet. At the present time, he leads his own tentet, his own trio, and he appears as soloist at concerts and festivals worldwide. Jim’s reputation as composer/arranger and conductor for large jazz bands continues to flourish

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Migiwa Miyajima: Colorful

Read "Colorful" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Un nuovo debutto si aggiunge al ricco movimento di rinascita orchestrale cresciuto negli Stati Uniti nell'ultimo decennio. Che la bandleader sia donna e giapponese non è una novità (la via è stata aperta da Toshiko Akiyoshi oltre 60 anni fa ed oggi è tracciata originalmente da Miho Hazama) ma va segnalata la singolarità del suo percorso ...

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2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 2

Read "2019: Striking A Balance In Review, Part 2" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Part 1 | Part 2This is the second part of an article that looks back and reflects on experiences with live music in 2019. This part deals with a musician's legacy (Ornette Coleman) and continues with an examination of artistic developments and dynamics in the jazz field in a festival (Jazzfest Berlin) and related ...

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Judy Niemack: New York Stories

Read "New York Stories" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Non è tra le cantanti più celebri del jazz moderno, ma è certamente tra le più brave. A differenza di quanto accade oggi nel mondo delle vocalist, Judy Niemack non fa surfing da uno stile all'altro ma continua a esaltare la tradizione vocale nata dal bop e dal cool jazz. E lo fa in maniera splendida, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Big Heart Machine: Big Heart Machine

Read "Big Heart Machine" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

L'universo dell'orchestrazione jazz non cessa di regalare sorprese. Mentre è imminente l'uscita del secondo album di Brian Krock intitolato Liddle--occupiamoci del debutto della sua Big Hearth Machine. Che sia qualcosa di straordinario lo s'intuisce vedendo Darcy James Argue nel ruolo di produttore e Miho Hazama occuparsi della concreta direzione orchestrale. Brian Krock, che ha scritto tutte ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jennifer Wharton's Bonegasm: Bonegasm

Read "Bonegasm" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The bass trombone occupies a unique niche, serving as that most powerful of pedal peddlers, the anchor of a big band's brass section, and the ballast stabilizing harmonies. Unfortunately, the instrument also holds status as a seriously pigeonholed force. While you can't argue with the usefulness of its robust, below-the-staff whole notes, this horn is made ...

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61st GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

61st GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

And the winners of the 2019 GRAMMY Awards are... 31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only. ...

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Jazz Scores And Analysis By Richard Lawn Now Available!

Jazz Scores And Analysis By Richard Lawn Now Available!

Jazz Scores and Analysis, Vol. 1 by Rick Lawn Full scores and in-depth analysis of contemporary, large ensemble works by six Grammy-nominated composers: Vince Mendoza, Bob Mintzer, Jim McNeely, John Fedchock, John Hollenbeck, and Darcy James Argue. Following in the footsteps of Rayburn Wright's seminal work, Inside the Score, this book gives a guided ...

Barefoot Dances and Other Visions

Label: Planet Arts
Released: 2018
Track listing: Bob’s Here; Black Snow; Barefoot Dances; A Glimmer of Hope; Redman Rides Again; Falling Upwards; The Cosmic Hodge-Podge.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases Of 2018

Read "Jerome Wilson's Best Releases Of 2018" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

It may be unwieldy to keep a large jazz ensemble together for economic reasons but this year was still full of outstanding big band recordings, whether done through commissions, arrangers working with established orchestras or even actual working ensembles. Several of the releases on my list are examples of that. Also this year had the usual ...


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