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Larry McKenna

One of the world’s finest jazz saxophone players, Larry McKenna is known for his gorgeous tenor saxophone sound, the beauty of his balladry, and his fluid, bebop-inspired improvisations. After six decades in his profession, his international reputation as both a masterful jazz improviser and educator is firmly established. Over the years, Larry has performed and recorded with many jazz stars including Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Barry Harris, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Harry Allen, Terell Stafford, Eric Alexander, Bill Charlap, Warren Vaché, Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis and Frank Sinatra

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The Len Pierro Jazz Orchestra: The Third Quarter

Read "The Third Quarter" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Any big-band album that opens with a rollicking Four Brothers-style saxophone soli is all but guaranteed to capture one's ear and interest. As it turns out, the buoyant “Fill in the Gap," on which the sax section sparkles, is but the first of many sonic delights on The Third Quarter, a marvelous new CD by Philadelphia-based ...

The Third Quarter

Label: WalkingPath Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Fill In The Gap; If I Should Lose You; As We Know It; In Earnest; Time To Go; The Third Quarter; Cottage 2; No More, No Less; Jitterbug Waltz; Uncle Pep; Voyage.

I Wish I Knew

Label: Lydian Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Great City; I Wish I Knew; It Could Happen To You; I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face; Poinciana; Alfie; Hello Young Lovers; The Shadow of Your Smile Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye; In a Mellow Tone; You Go To My Head; The Party’s Over.

I Wish I Knew

Label: Lydian Jazz Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Great City; I Wish I Knew; It Could Happen to You; I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face; Poinciana; Alfie; Hello Young Lovers; The Shadow of Your Smile; Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye; In a Mellow Tone; You Go to My Head; The Party’s Over.

You're It!

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2020
Track listing: You're It; These Foolish Things; Blondie's Waltz; What A Difference A Day Makes; I'll Let You Know; For Heavens Sake; Afternoon In Paris; You've Changed; Fried Pies.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Mary Ellen Desmond: 'Comfort and Joy' 2020 Virtual Stream

Read "Mary Ellen Desmond: 'Comfort and Joy' 2020 Virtual Stream" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Mary Ellen Desmond Comfort and Joy: Virtual Stream Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany Philadelphia, PA December 13, 2020 In the course of two decades as a jazz reviewer in Philadelphia, it has often been my pleasure to hear Mary Ellen Desmond sing, and for ...

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Fill In The Gap

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Label: WalkingPath Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 04:28

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Mike Melito/Dino Losito Quartet: You're It!

Read "You're It!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The album cover says “Mike Melito / Dino Losito Quartet." What it does not say is that drummer Melito and pianist Losito have at their beck-and-call an awesome secret weapon, Philadelphia-based tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna, a phenom from the Lester Young school of elegant swinging whose voice on the horn is as debonair and persuasive as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Mike Melito / Dino Losito Quartet: You're It!

Read "You're It!" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Moderation is a virtue which pervades You're It!, a date co-led by drummer Mike Melito and pianist Dino Losito. It is a pleasure--and a relief—to hear a bop-influenced recording in which jazzmen (three in their middle years and one octogenarian) transcend influences and forge their own standards of performance. The record is impressive in part because ...


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