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John Daversa

John Daversa “gets sounds to come out of his little red trumpet like you never heard. The [John Daversa Progressive Big] Band itself ditto,” according to The Los Angeles Times. Daversa’s compositions and improvisations reflect a musical philosophy that aims to stretch boundaries, while maintaining a reverence for the jazz tradition. Daversa is a versatile and respected performer, composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, and educator. He took an immediate interest in music at an early age, first through piano and voice, and later with trumpet and EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument). He attended UCLA, studying composition and trumpet with virtuosi Mario Guarneri and Malcolm McNab

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All Without Words: Variations Inspired by Loren

Label: Tiger Turn
Released: 2021
Track listing: Loren's Theme; Searching But Never Finding; Two Steps Forward; Seeing It Again For The First Time; The Urgency Of Every Moment; Invisible Things; Walking In Our Own Footsteps/The Circle Game; The Smallest Thing; A Day Is Forever/Like Any Other; Three Roads Diverged; Learning What It Means To Be; It's Enough To Be Here, Now.

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Wild is the Wind

Label: Slea Head Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Do It Again; Jealous; It's Alright With Me; It's Probably Me; Break Your Heart; Too Late Now; Wild Is The Wind; Steamroller Blues; Too Close For Comfort; Secret; Everybody Wants To Rule The World; I'll Be Around.

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News: Event

Adrienne Arsht Center Jazz Roots 2021-2022 Season Schedule

Adrienne Arsht Center Jazz Roots 2021-2022 Season Schedule

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County announces the return of the annual Jazz Roots series to the Center's Knight Concert Hall for the 2021-2022 season offering another incredible cast of jazz All-Stars beginning on November 5th, 2021 with “The Creation"-world premiere performance by legendary pianist Chucho Valdes and the Yoruban Orchestra ...

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Article: Album Review

John Daversa Jazz Orchestra: All Without Words: Variations Inspired by Loren

Read "All Without Words: Variations Inspired by Loren" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Music can be inspired by many things, such as romantic affection, personal experience, world events and social concerns among many others. This extraordinary piece of music was inspired by a parent's love for a child. Trumpeter John Daversa asked his friend, composer Justin Morell, to write a large-scale orchestral piece for him. Morell came ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Kari Kirkland

Read "Take Five with Kari Kirkland" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Kari Kirkland Kari Kirkland's debut album 'Wild is the Wind' was produced and arranged by four-time Grammy©-nominee, pianist, composer, and arranger Shelly Berg. He assembled an impressive cast of players for the recording: legendary guitarist Dean Parks, Kevin Axt (Tierney Sutton) on bass, and drummer Gregg Field (Frank Sinatra), with Berg himself on piano. The ...

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Article: Album Review

John Daversa Jazz Orchestra Featuring Justin Morell: All Without Words: Variations Inspired by Loren

Read "All Without Words: Variations Inspired by Loren" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Trumpeter John Daversa takes the biggest artistic challenge of his career with All Without Words: Variations Inspired by Loren. It is a large scale orchestral piece--a “jazz with strings" affair if it needs a label--that goes well its seminal predecessors in the style, to wit a pair of Charlie Parker With Strings albums (both bearing the ...

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News: Recording

Multi-Grammy Winner John Daversa Releases 'All Without Words: Variations Inspired By Loren' With Justin Morell

Multi-Grammy Winner John Daversa Releases 'All Without Words: Variations Inspired By Loren' With Justin Morell

Trumpet master John Daversa is releasing his newest CD, All Without Words: Variations Inspired by Loren, a lush, orchestral jazz trumpet concerto composed by his lifelong friend and collaborator Justin Morell. Daversa is a prolific performing and recording artist whose projects often reflect important social themes, like his three-time Grammy-winning release, American Dreamers, Voices of Hope, ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Gergo Borlai: Talkin' Drummers and Drumming

Read "Gergo Borlai: Talkin' Drummers and Drumming" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Most kids have heroes. Whether they be athletes, astronauts, artists, astrophysicists, (and that's just the “A's") or any of the many asundered possibilities. Gergo Borlai needn't go passed the “D's" to find his calling. Drumming came early, incredibly early, and he has never looked back. Determination and commitment can be a powerful force. Before long the ...

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News: Recording

'Everybody Wants To Rule The World,' First Single And Video From Vocalist Kari Kirkland’s Upcoming Album Wild Is The Wind, Now Available

'Everybody Wants To Rule The World,' First Single And Video From Vocalist Kari Kirkland’s Upcoming Album Wild Is The Wind, Now Available

Produced and Arranged by Shelly Berg, Wild Is The Wind Also Features Roy Hargrove and John Daversa Kari Kirkland has just released the first single and accompanying video from her debut album, Wild Is The Wind, which itself is scheduled for a February 26 release. On “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” a jazz-inflected rendition of ...


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