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Mary Ann McSweeney

Mary Ann McSweeney was born in Aptos, California. She started playing piano at the age of five and then began studying the violin at age 8. In high school she fell in love with the acoustic bass while watching Ray Brown perform at the Concord Jazz Festival. She was chosen to play at the Monterey Jazz Festival at age 16 with the All Star band fronted by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. McSweeney has played with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Joanne Brackeen and Lee Konitz, Gil Goldstein and Bucky Pizzarelli, and played for famous conductors, Leonard Bernstein, Lalo Schifrin, and John Williams. She has performed with Renee Rosness, Vic Juris, Ken Peplowski, Dennis Mackrel, Lewis Nash and Larry Goldings

ARTICLE: RADIO

Salutes to Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald and Blossom Dearie

Read "Salutes to Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald and Blossom Dearie" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Winding up Jazz Appreciation Month with special birthday shout outs to the Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey, pianist Dorothy Donegan, vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Barbara Streisand and Blossom Dearie, among others, with new concept recordings from Nancy Kelly (a tribute to Mark Murphy) , Christina Morrison (duets with five other women vocalists) and Ellynne Rey (a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Claire Daly: 2468 West Grand Boulevard

Read "2468 West Grand Boulevard" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Full disclosure--I am far from an expert on Motown music, having pretty much lived in a jazz bubble. And this album is a salute to some of jny: Detroit's legends including The Jackson Five, The Four Tops, The Temptations and especially Smokey Robinson, who is identified with five of the eleven songs here. Claire ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

"Lone Wolf" Finds Plenty to Chew On

Read ""Lone Wolf" Finds Plenty to Chew On" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With Betty sidelined by a bad cough, it was up to me to seek out local jazz events in February, and I managed to find a couple of pretty good ones, starting February 7 at the University of New Mexico's Keller Hall where SuperSax New Mexico performed for the third time in Albuquerque. As you may ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Claire Daly: Mary Joyce Project: Nothing To Lose

Read "Mary Joyce Project: Nothing To Lose" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Claire Daly has always been a true original and, as it turns out, part of that is in her DNA. Mary Joyce Project: Nothing To Lose is a musical/genealogical journey through the life of Daly's father's first cousin, Mary Joyce, who lived her life the way she wanted to, rather than succumbing to societal expectations ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Acclaimed Bariton Saxophonist Claire Daly Will Perform with Poet Kirpal Gordon in Upstate New York on August 13 and 20

Acclaimed Bariton Saxophonist Claire Daly Will Perform with Poet Kirpal Gordon in Upstate New York on August 13 and 20

Performances at the College of Poetry in Warwick on August 13 and at the Liberty Free Theatre in Liberty on August 20 Will Fuse Poetry and Jazz Claire Daly, whose new CD, The Mary Joyce Project: Nothing to Lose, will be released in September, will join frequent collaborator Kirpal Gordon for two performances that explore the ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Big Band Jazz: It's Not Just for Guys Anymore

Read "Big Band Jazz: It's Not Just for Guys Anymore" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Back in the early '90s, Stanley Kay, one-time back-up drummer for the incomparable Buddy Rich, later a manager of such artists as Maurice Hines, Michelle Lee and Paul Burke and the entertainment director for the New York Yankees, had a good idea: the time had come, he reasoned, to assemble an all-woman big band that would ...

George Stone / Fred Hess Big Band / Jamie Begian Big Band

Read "George Stone / Fred Hess Big Band / Jamie Begian Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

George StoneThe Real DealSelf Published2010 Every once in a while the stars align, the wheel of fortune spins precisely and listeners are the happy recipients of a big band album that is remarkably engaging and spectacular from start to finish; in other words, The Real Deal. This ...

Swept Away

Label: Sparky 1 Productions
Released: 2003
Track listing: 1. Journey to the Center 2. Atheada 3. Siva

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mary Ann McSweeney: Swept Away

Read "Swept Away" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Bassist Mary Ann McSweeney debuted with her well-received recording Thoughts of You on Jim Eigo's Jazz Magnet label. On that outing she employed her husband, Mike Fahn, on valve trombone, Donny McCaslin on reeds and flutes, Henry Hey on piano, and Tim Horner on drums. Now, almost three years later, McSweeney returns with the same band ...


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