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At one point in time, John LaPorta looked like he was going to be one of the leading clarinetists in modern jazz. His cool tone and very advanced style (influenced by Lennie Tristano) seemed to be making him the Lee Konitz of the clarinet. LaPorta showed great promise as a reedman, particularly for his skills as a bebop and Third Stream clarinetist, but chose to sidestep into the educator's chair. One of his first professional gigs was with Bob Chester's swing band, beginning in 1942. In '44 he joined the Herman aggregation and remained for two years, making his own imprint on what became a classic big- band sound

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the Hubs While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Coffin with Caleb Chapman's Crescent Super Band: The Inside of the Outside

Read "The Inside of the Outside" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The first time woodwind artist Jeff Coffin heard Caleb Chapman's Crescent Super Band, he was greatly impressed--so much so that he decided to record an album with the band. You may be impressed too, especially upon learning that the Super Band, which sounds for all the world like a professional (or advanced university) ensemble, is actually ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Mike Brannon

Read "Take Five With Mike Brannon" reviewed by Mike Brannon

Meet Mike Brannon: Having been born in jny: Atlanta and then lived in North Carolina growing up, those Southern roots were likely to blame when I started playing blues/rock guitar. But I soon discovered Wes Montgomery, Hank Garland, Joe Pass, Tal Farlow and finally Pat Martino. After attending Jackie King's Guitar Conservatory of the Southwest, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

David Chesky Releases "Jazz in the New Harmonic" (Chesky Records)

David Chesky Releases "Jazz in the New Harmonic" (Chesky Records)

David Chesky’s Jazz in the New Harmonic (Chesky Records) puts the acclaimed pianist and composer’s own personal twist on bridging the disparate worlds of jazz and classical. The music has its roots in Third Stream, the hybrid term coined in 1957 by Gunther Schuller to identify a new emerging musical sensibility that was essentially a confluence ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question

Read "In Tune or Not in Tune... That Is the Question" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suppose a month goes by, you have a column to publish, but nothing has happened that's worth writing about. What do you do then? Read on, as the question is about to be answered. A while back there was a discussion at a Stan Kenton web site (Kentonia) about musicians or groups of ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Hip Pocket Returns To Popular Venice Night Spot

A relatively new jazz quartet, “Hip Pocket," will make a return appearance at Dante's Allegro Bistro, located at 1740 East Venice Avenue, Venice, FL on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Reed player and leader Tom Ellison lives in Venice, FL and performs with area combos and big bands. As a freelance woodwind artist, Tom has performed with ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Bob Brookmeyer: Jack of All Trades, Master of Valves

Read "Bob Brookmeyer: Jack of All Trades, Master of Valves" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Bob Brookmeyer, a Renaissance man among jazz musicians who died December 15, 2011, four days before his eighty-second birthday, will be remembered as many things: composer, arranger, musician, educator, outspoken arbiter who brooked no nonsense and wasn't shy about letting others know when he believed they were not giving the music he loved the best they ...

Charles Mingus: Blues and Roots/Mingus Three/Jazz Portraits/Jazzical Moods

Read "Charles Mingus: Blues and Roots/Mingus Three/Jazz Portraits/Jazzical Moods" reviewed by David Rickert

Charles MingusBlues and Roots/Mingus Three/Jazz Portraits/Jazzical MoodsAvid Records2011 (1954-59) If you have a fondness for a particular album by Charles Mingus, chances are you won't find another quite like it in his catalog. The bassist and composer had one of the most wide-ranging careers of anyone in ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

JEN and Berklee join to present John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year Award

JEN and Berklee join to present John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year Award

The Jazz Education Network and Berklee College of Music will collaborate to present the John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year award. The award is named after legendary jazz educator John LaPorta who served as a distinguished professor at Berklee for more than three decades prior to his death in 2004 and played a pivotal role ...


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