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Jon Armstrong

Jonathan Armstrong is a fiercely creative musician, composer and educator living in Los Angeles. His background is a mix of intensive academic training and extensive professional experiences on saxophones, guitar, piano, clarinet, flute, bass, and electronic sampler. He holds a B.M. in Music from the University of Washington and a M.F.A. in Jazz Reeds from the California Institute of the Arts. He studied composition and theory with John Rahn, Jonathan Bernhard and Robert Wannamaker, and pursued improvisational studies with Marc Seales, Larry Koonse, Vinny Golia, Thara Memory, Charlie Haden and Wadada Leo Smith

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Gregory Jackson, Francesca Remigi & Oles Brothers

Read "Michael Gregory Jackson, Francesca Remigi & Oles Brothers" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This show reminds me of a calzone stuffed with just about every imaginable filling. Appropriately, there's a wonderful new release from Italian drummer Francesca Remigi and her band Archipelagos. This is definitely one of the finest debuts of 2021—deep, contemporary and socially aware. The very respected guitarist, Michael Gregory Jackson, is also debuting his Frequency Equilibrium ...

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Reabsorb

Label: Orenda Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hit It As Loudly As Possible; Loop of Light.

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Article: Album Review

Jon Armstrong Sextet: Reabsorb

Read "Reabsorb" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Saxophonist Jon Armstrong reminds us that life and death are two sides of the same coin. Although seemingly disparate, like two sides of an LP, they cannot be separated. His sextet recording Reabsorb models this contrasting device by presenting two contrasting compositions, one on each side of an LP (also available as a CD and download). ...

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Burnt Hibiscus

Label: Orenda Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Apricot; Crimson Tarp; Maybe A Lime; There They Are; The Earth Slides Slowly; Flat Water; Then Ring Again Bells.

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Article: Album Review

Jon Armstrong: Burnt Hibiscus

Read "Burnt Hibiscus" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Now firmly ensconced as the Director of Jazz Studies at Idaho State University, Jon Armstrong may just be a little homesick. Well, more than a little. After all, Pocatello is a far cry from the multi-cultural hustle and bustle of his hometown of Los Angeles. It's not surprising that Armstrong's new album, Burnt Hibiscus is a ...

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Article: Live Review

Trevor Anderies Quintet at Fresh Santa Fe

Read "Trevor Anderies Quintet at Fresh Santa Fe" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Trevor Anderies Quintet Fresh Santa Fe New Music Series Santa Fe, NM September 3, 2016 To be perfectly honest, most of the bands that come to Santa Fe, NM are playing fill-in gigs between dates in jny: Albuquerque (or jny: Phoenix) and jny: Denver. And that's okay because it just ...

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Farewell

Label: Orenda Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Ardnave; Fool of Me; Dream Has No Friend; Quardboard Flavored Fiber; Farewell.

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Article: Album Review

Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra: Farewell

Read "Farewell" reviewed by Dave Wayne


I am beginning to wonder if every jazz musician has, in some dark corner of their psyche, a suppressed ambition to lead a big band. Economically unfeasible, logistically impossible--but artistically gratifying--a big band is perhaps the ultimate way to make manifest one's greatest musical ambitions. You get to conduct, pick your own solos, compose and arrange ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Barone Big Band: La Fiesta

Read "La Fiesta" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Mike Barone has been writing outstanding big-band arrangements for more than half a century. After listening to La Fiesta, Barone's ninth album as leader of the Los Angeles-based Mike Barone Big Band (counting Live at Donte's, recorded back in 1968), the logical question arises: does Barone ever run short of resourceful ideas? To which the obvious ...


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