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Lee Tomboulian

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Pianist/composer/educator Lee Tomboulian has performed on piano, accordion, and keyboards with noted jazz artists Airto, Nat Adderley, Doc Cheatham, Larry Coryell, Jack DeJohnette, Herb Ellis, Eddie Harris, Marc Johnson, Sheila Jordan, Dick Oatts, Bucky Pizzarelli, Pharoah Sanders, and Steve Swallow. He was also a member of the world-famous University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band and is a founding member of the Brazilian and Uruguayan ensemble Circo. Lee teaches jazz improvisation, jazz small group performance practice, applied jazz piano, and more. He earned a B.A. in composition from the University of Arkansas, an M.M

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Ten Artists: June 2019

Read "Ten Artists: June 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Polly Gibbons All I Can Do Resonance Records 2019 Polly Gibbons's 2017 Resonance release, Is It Me...? was positively received by All About Jazz and other outlets when it appeared. That recording featured a crack trio augmented with soloists, establishing Gibbons as a sensitive yet muscular interpreter of the American ...

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Imaginarium

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart; Hanon Merry Christmas; A Falo da Paixao; Inner Urge; Sweet Lorraine; Black Morpheus; Naima; Samberg; Sweet Georgia Brown; Bohemian Rhapsody In Blue; Merry-go-round; Prelude In C# Minor, BWV 849.

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Lee Tomboulian: Imaginarium

Read "Imaginarium" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Terry Gilliam's 2009 movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was a complex, complicated, fantasy tale. Lee Tomboulian's Imaginarium doesn't quite match Gilliam's ambitious, if flawed, breadth of vision--after all, Tomboulian constructs this particular Imaginarium with just a piano and an occasional accordion--but he still displays an impressive range of ideas on this enjoyable recording.Tomboulian ...

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Take Five With Lee Tomboulian

Read "Take Five With Lee Tomboulian" reviewed by Lee Tomboulian


Meet Lee Tomboulian:Composer/improviser Lee Tomboulian plays keyboards, accordion and sings. He leads Whatevs, the Weekly Reeders and Circo. He has played with Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Jimmy Witherspoon, Benny Golson, Terell Stafford, Horacio Hernandez, Greg Bissonette, Steve Houghton, Eddie Harris and many more. He was the Instructor of Jazz Piano and Improvisation at Lawrence ...

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Let's Give Thanks for the DVD

Read "Let's Give Thanks for the DVD" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As there isn't much to report--well, nothing, actually--about big bands this month, I'll use the space to say a few words in praise of the DVD. Yes, I know there aren't a whole lot of jazz DVDs on the market, especially big band videos, but there are a few, and I'm grateful for every one of ...

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Return to Whenever

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2008
Track listing: Human Faith Medley; Afro-Joe; Viver de Amor; Uncle Frank; Hanon Merry Christmas; Belovely; The Highway; Cartoon Music; Weather Ornette; Viajando; Hermeto; Garota de Ipanema; Viva Hugo.

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Lee Tomboulian and Circo: Return to Whenever

Read "Return to Whenever" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Pianist/accordionist Lee Tomboulian is the leader of Circo, an exciting ensemble that performs World jazz (Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Uruguayan). Tomboulian first relocated the group from Arkansas to Dallas, and now to Appleton, Wisconsin, where he serves as a musical educator at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. What makes a good portion of this ...


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