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Manny Albam - arranger, As a jazz composer, arranger, conductor and teacher, in a career that spanned seven decades, Manny Albam worked with some of the most celebrated jazz performers, including Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie, McCoy Tyner, Roland Hanna, Carmen McCrea and Bob Brookmeyer. His most recent recording was the 1999 CD, “If You Could See Us Now!,” Nancy Marano & Manny Albam. He also arranged Joe Lovano’s critically-hailed 1997 CD, “Celebrating Sinatra,” and arranged and conducted Hank Jones and the Meridian String Quartet

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Article: Album Review

Anthony Branker & Imagine: What Place Can Be for Us? - A Suite in Ten Movements

Read "What Place Can Be for Us? - A Suite in Ten Movements" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'avventuroso post-bop del compositore Anthony Branker, ben espresso dall'album Beauty Within del quintetto Imagine, trova nuovi e più articolati sviluppi in questo What Place Can Be for Us?. Il gruppo conferma il chitarrista Pete McCann e la coppia Fabian Almazan e Linda May Han Oh ampliandosi fino a un medio organico con alcuni dei massimi giovani ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

More Fall Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Lovie Austin, Vi Redd, Emily Remler & More

Read "More Fall Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Lovie Austin, Vi Redd, Emily Remler & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Audrey Ochoa, Shuteen Erdenebaatar, Maddie Vogler, Teri Parker, Brandon Sanders featuring Jazzmeia Horn, vocalists Darden Purcell, plus a single from Samara Joy, with birthday shoutouts to Lovie Austin, Vi Redd, Emily Remler, Bobby Short, Catherine Russell, Kait Dunton, Norma Winstone and Ingrid Laubrock, among others. Thanks for listening and please ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

In the Studios-East Coast, Part 1

Read "In the Studios-East Coast, Part 1" reviewed by Monk Rowe


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Article: Album Review

Stan Kenton: Salute!

Read "Salute!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Stan Kenton, one of the most renowned and influential bandleaders of the twentieth century, died on August 25, 1979. Fortunately—for the sake of history in general and creative music in particular—Kenton's remarkable legacy lives on, and in a perceptive and open-minded world would endure forever. Even to this day, small but devoted groups of enthusiasts share ...

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Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...

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Yu Nishiyama Big Band: A Lotus In The Mud

Read "A Lotus In The Mud" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Una giovane e talentuosa bandleader aggiorna la tradizione delle grandi orchestratrici del Sol Levante, da Toshiko Akiyoshi a Miho Hazama. La musica presente nel debutto di Yu Nishiyama va oltre un puntuale modern mainstream per big band ma colpisce per la fantasiosa scrittura, caratterizzata da percorsi ricchi di svolte, tra aristocratici contrasti timbrici, poderosi ensemble e ...

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Take Five with Dave Rivello

Read "Take Five with Dave Rivello" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Dave Rivello Dave Rivello is an American-born composer, arranger, conductor and bandleader working primarily in Jazz, contemporary media, and modern classical idioms. He apprenticed with Rayburn Wright, Bob Brookmeyer, Manny Albam, Bill Holman, and Sam D'Angelo. He leads a 12-piece ensemble, The Dave Rivello Ensemble, that is his main orchestral voice. He is ...

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Article: Album Review

Stan Kenton and His Orchestra: Concert Kenton

Read "Concert Kenton" reviewed by Jack Bowers


There's no question that Stan Kenton led one of the more successful and popular orchestras of the storied Big Band Era, winning various yearly polls while drawing large crowds to his jazz concerts and dance performances from coast to coast. But Kenton always wanted something more: to enlighten as well as entertain. Music, he felt, should ...

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Article: Year in Review

2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...


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