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Juan Tizol was born in San Juan Puerto Rico on Jan. 22, 1900, started music lessons early, was trained as a valve trombonist and as a teenager played in the San Juan Municipal Band. Tizol moved to the U.S. in 1920 and became valve trombonist in the pit band of the Howard Theatre in Washington DC, was a member of the Marie Lucas Orchestra, Bobby Lee’s Cottonpickers, and the White Brothers Band. His big break came in August of 1929 when he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He would remain with Duke for fifteen years, and became an integral part of the bands sound. His contribution to the Duke legacy would be in his two compositions “Caravan”, and “Perdido”


Article: Album Review

Mike Jones / Penn Jillette / Jeff Hamilton: Are You Sure You Three Guys Know What You're Doing?

Read "Are You Sure You Three Guys Know What You're Doing?" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

If the tired old cliché “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" ruled the roost, perhaps the talents of pianist Mike Jones might have been limited to being the music director for the Penn & Teller Las Vegas show of mind-blowing illusions. Fortunately, a tired old cliché is just that. Jones' dynamic talent and creativity could ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tony Bennett, Milt Hinton & Israel Tanenbaum

Read "Tony Bennett, Milt Hinton & Israel Tanenbaum" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The versatile and talented musician, composer & producer Israel Tanenbaum kicks off the 814th Episode of Neon Jazz with music from his release Impressions. From there, we hear more chartbound music with the likes of Steve Carrington, Anthony Hervey, Steve Snyder and the Terry Gibbs Legacy Band. An interesting project from guitarist Ryan Meagher called AftEarth ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Two Previously Unreleased Gems from Abbey Rader's Catalogue

Read "Two Previously Unreleased Gems from Abbey Rader's Catalogue" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Drummer Abbey Rader is a restless improviser and a master of Eastern spirituality. His artistry and devotional practice are inextricable from one another. This union of meditative philosophy and spontaneous creativity gives Rader's style its uniqueness and his recordings their absorbing quality. In 2023 Rader released two live sessions on his own label that were recorded ...


Article: Live Review

2023 American Pianists Awards

Read "2023 American Pianists Awards" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2023 American Pianists Awards Indianapolis, Indiana April 20-22, 2023 The mission of the American Pianists Association is “to discover, promote and advance the careers of young, American, world-class jazz and classical pianists." One of the major activities in that mission is the bi-annual competitions run by the Association, alternating classical and jazz ...


Article: Live Review

Origin Story At Scott's Jazz Club

Read "Origin Story At Scott's Jazz Club" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Origin Story Scott's Jazz Club jny:Belfast, N. Ireland January 20, 2023 It is a fairly quick jaunt up the motorway from Dublin to Belfast these days and jazz musicians from The Dub are making the journey more frequently than was once the case. Part of the problem was always the ...


Article: Album Review

Eric Goletz: Standard-ized!

Read "Standard-ized!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If variety is on your wish list, you will find a lot to like on Standard-ized!, New York-based trombonist Eric Goletz's third album in three years. Group size and makeup are seldom the same, Goletz's charts traverse new realms, there are special guests to enhance the proceedings, and Goletz even enlists a six-piece string “orchestra" on ...


Article: Live Review

Mark Kavuma & The Banger Factory At Milton Court Concert Hall

Read "Mark Kavuma & The Banger Factory At Milton Court Concert Hall" reviewed by Chris May

Mark KavumaMilton Court Concert HallLondonNovember 18, 2022 Fittingly for one of the closing events of the 2022 jny:London Jazz Festival, trumpeter Mark Kavuma's performance at the Barbican Centre's associate concert hall, a few hundred yards down the road from the main venue, was on an epic scale. Kavuma appeared with ...


Article: Album Review

Kinetika Bloco: Legacy

Read "Legacy" reviewed by Chris May

Legacy features some of the London jazz scene's leading players, among them tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia, trumpeters Claude Deppa, Mark Kavuma and Sheila Maurice-Grey, trombonist Nathaniel Cross and tubaist Theon Cross. As you would anticipate, there is much great jazz to be heard on the album, and along the way it bears witness ...


Article: Album Review

Temple University Jazz Band: Without You, No Me

Read "Without You, No Me" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When his friend, colleague, mentor and confidante Jimmy Heath died in January 2020, trumpeter Terell Stafford's first impulse was to find a way to honor and remember the renowned Philadelphia-born saxophonist. As Stafford is director of the Temple University Jazz Band, also in Philadelphia, an obvious way would be to record a tribute album, which Stafford ...


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