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Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. The Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide

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Article: Album Review

Remy Le Boeuf: Light as a Word

Read "Light as a Word" reviewed by Jordan Penney


Light as a Word is the debut full-length album from saxophonist and composer Remy Le Boeuf as a leader, and it moves fluidly in liminal spaces. Its format and its performers—a sextet that includes piano, guitar, double bass, drums and tenor and alto sax—are firmly in a jazz idiom. But the songs themselves are more through-composed ...

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Article: Interview

Emiliano Sampaio: Rising Transatlantic Star

Read "Emiliano Sampaio: Rising Transatlantic Star" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


In 2013, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach and to work on a research project at the Kunstuniversität Graz ("University of the Arts in Graz"). I taught a first-year course in jazz theory that was really a delight. These students were already extremely accomplished performers and composers. About half of the class was comprised ...

Article: Album Review

Jihye Lee: Daring Mind

Read "Daring Mind" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Solo un talento eccezionale come Jihye Lee poteva ottenere risultati così brillanti e personali nel campo dell'orchestrazione jazz partendo quasi da zero. Nata a Seoul ed emigrata negli Stati Uniti da adolescente, quando s'iscrisse al Berklee College conosceva pochissimo il linguaggio musicale afro-americano e per niente la sua dimensione orchestrale. Dopo un decennio, studi di perfezionamento ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

Michael Thomas: due quartetti in primo piano

Read "Michael Thomas: due quartetti in primo piano" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Michael Thomas (da non confondere con Michael J. Thomas, sassofonista d'impronta smooth jazz) è tra i sassofonisti, compositori e leader più inventivi dell'ultima generazione. Residente a New York dal 2011 ha acquisito notorietà tra il pubblico più attento della metropoli per la direzione della Terraza Big Band (condivisa con Edward Perez) con cui ha inciso il ...

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News: Award / Grant

New England Conservatory Alumni Win Grow Your Art Grants During Maria Schneider Residency

New England Conservatory Alumni Win Grow Your Art Grants  During Maria Schneider Residency

New England Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship team is proud to announce the winners of this year's Grow Your Art grants. Totaling $13,500 the grants have been awarded to NEC alumni Emily Eng, Darynn Dean, Rafael Natan, and Linda Numagami. They will support a microgrant program for Black, Latinx, and Native American music students; a series of concerts ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Ghosts In The Machine, Part 3: Jazz Musicians And Popular Music

Read "Ghosts In The Machine, Part 3: Jazz Musicians And Popular Music" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Part 3: The GhostsIn a recent essay in Commentary, Terry Teachout, arts and culture critic for the Wall Street Journal, makes an argument for the date on which the jazz era officially ended and the rock/pop era began—May 9, ...

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News: Event

Maria Schneider Works With New England Conservatory Students In Grow Your Art

Maria Schneider  Works With New England Conservatory Students In Grow Your Art

New England Conservatory’s Jazz & Entrepreneurial Musicianship programs present Grow Your Art, a week-long music and business residency with groundbreaking multi- Grammy Award winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider. The residency will include a pitch night, as well as masterclasses, workshops and panel discussions on the music business and entrepreneurship, culminating in a concert with the ...

Article: Album Review

Reverso: The Melodic Line

Read "The Melodic Line" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Un trombonista americano (collaboratore, fra gli altri, di David Bowie, Maria Schneider e Wynton Marsalis), un pianista tedesco e un violoncellista francese: i primi due si dividono a titolo esclusivo la paternità dei brani (quattro il primo, cinque il secondo), però, singolarmente, tre titoli sono in francese. Un omaggio all'ospite (sì, perché all'epoca di questa incisione--aprile ...

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Article: Album Review

Emiliano Sampaio: Music for Large Ensembles Vol II

Read "Music for Large Ensembles Vol II" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Emiliano Sampaio is a guitarist from Brazil who is currently headquartered in Graz, Austria. His basic band is a three-piece unit called Meretrio which also serves as the foundation of a nonet he calls Mereneu Project. The tracks on this CD are music he has composed for different expanded versions of this large group, one with ...


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