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Keith Pray

A native of New York, Keith Pray has been performing professionally since 1989. His career has taken him from the West Coast to Europe and he has had the good fortune to play with the likes of Benny Golson, The Temptaions, Paul Anka and many other great artists. Performances of note: - Paul Anka - ABC's "Good Morning America" - ABC's "The View" - Food Network's "Food Nation" - Saratoga's Freih ofer's Jazz Festival - Featured artist at A Place For Jazz - Featured soloist on the Grammy nominated album by ALEX TORRES and THE LATIN KINGS (Entres Amigos) Keith has extensive background in many styles of music from R&B to Jazz, Latin and many other styles

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Empire Jazz Orchestra: Out of the Mist

Read "Out of the Mist" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Out of the Mist is the sixth album (and first in a studio) recorded by the Empire Jazz Orchestra, a professional repertory ensemble founded in 1992 and in residence since then at Schenectady County (NY) Community College. While there is no comprehensive theme underlining its latest enterprise, the EJO's stated purpose is to perform music from ...

Confluence

Label: ARC - Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2012
Track listing: The Calling; Triangle, Circle, Square; Alley Cat; Gingerbread Boy; Vamp for Peace; Two Years of the Lotus Blossom; Africa; Song for Katie; Confluence; Winter Brings.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2012

Read "R.J. DeLuke's Best Releases of 2012" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

A ton of fine music came out in 2012, like most years, making these year-end lists very difficult. A lot we don't get to hear, so that limits some. For example, I've not yet heard the 2012 disks of drummer Jack DeJohnette, trumpeter Christian Scott or guitarist John McLaughlin and the Fourth Dimension. Having seen each ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

R3: Special Big Band / Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra / Empire Jazz Orchestra

Read "R3: Special Big Band / Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra / Empire Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

R3: Special Big BandR3Summit Records2012 The “R3" in this Brazilian-based band's name refers to brothers Rafael, Renato and Roger Rocha who together comprise its heart and soul. The “Special" pertains to just about everything else on this impressive debut album. Indeed, there could be even more “R's" in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Keith Pray: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When most people discuss the jazz scene in New York, they're referring to the music that's made in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, but the Empire State stretches far beyond the city that never sleeps and jazz is made in many a locale within. The Capital region, for example, has its own burgeoning jazz scene that's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Keith Pray: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by Edward Blanco

When not leading the 17-piece Big Soul Ensemble, the Soul Jazz Revival group or the New Orleans-style Mohawk Brass Band, bandleader, educator and alto saxophonist Keith Pray fronts a hard-swinging quartet performing at venues in Albany and throughout the Capital District of upstate New York. Confluence is his fifth recording as leader, a project he designed ...

Rick Holland–Evan Dobbins Little Big Band / Empire Jazz Orchestra / Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra

Read "Rick Holland–Evan Dobbins Little Big Band / Empire Jazz Orchestra / Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Rick Holland--Evan Dobbins Little Big BandTrilbyRPO Productions2010 Five years after a sensational opening act (In Time's Shadow, 2006), trumpeter Rick Holland and trombonist Evan Dobbins have returned for an encore, Trilby, marshaling as before their irrepressible Little Big Band. As was noted of that earlier recording, ...

Live at the Lark Tavern

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2010
Track listing: Elements; Walkin' the Dog; Transconfiguration; Renee; The Other Funk; I Remember Roland; Yet to Come; The Gate ( A Portrait of the Mohawk); Change.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Portland Jazz Orchestra: Nor'easter

Read "Nor'easter" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Although the era of the gig-to-gig road-traveling big band is defunct, save for a few ghost bands, fine regional big bands continue to thrive around the United States. From Los Angeles, killer bands such as Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and Tom Kubis's and Gary Urwin's respective ensembles, to the East Coast where groups such as ...


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