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Michael Abene

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Michael Abene is a composer, arranger, keyboard player and record producer and as of 2004 was Musical Director-Principal Arranger/Composer of the WDR Radio Big Band of Cologne, Germany considered by many one of the great big bands in Europe. In November, 2011 Michael accepted the position of Professor of Ensemble Conducting at the KUG Jazz Institute in Graz, Austria. Michael also served as the Associate Music Director of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop and an Associate Professor of Jazz Composition at Manhattan School of Music. Michael produced the Grammy winning projects “Digital Duke” featuring the Duke Ellington Orchestra and “The GRP All-Star Big Band-All Blues.” He also produced the Grammy nominated “The GRP All-Star Big Band” and “The GRP All-Star Big Band Live” and received nominations in the arranging category for all three big band recordings

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Article: Album Review

UNT One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2021

Read "Lab 2021" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The University of North Texas' flagship ensemble, the One O'Clock Lab Band, has been producing annual recordings for almost half a century. It has also given rise to a veritable assembly line of world-class jazz musicians, more of whom are no doubt coming of age while honing their chops on the One O'Clock's latest album, Lab ...

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News: Interview

Interview: Michael Abene

Interview: Michael Abene

Michael Abene has always been a double threat. In addition to being a gorgeous pianist and accompanist, he's a towering arranger of big bands, orchestras, singers and instrumental ensembles. Fans of Maynard Ferguson are probably most familiar with his piano playing and arrangements for the band's recordings for Roulette and Mainstream in the 1960s. These days, ...

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Article: Album Review

UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band: Long Way on a Blues

Read "Long Way on a Blues" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The University of North Texas, generally recognized as home to one of the world's leading undergraduate Jazz Studies programs, is essentially set apart from others by the decisive proficiency of its various Lab Bands, led by the One O'Clock and Two O'Clock ensembles (there are half a dozen others). Each band has a large number of ...

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News: Recording

Jackie Paris & Anne Marie Moss Live at the Maisonette

Jackie Paris & Anne Marie Moss Live at the Maisonette

On the afternoon of September 28, 1974, husband-and-wife singers Jackie Paris and Anne Marie Moss videotaped a gig in the Maisonette at New York's St. Regis Hotel. They were backed by Mike Abene on piano, Harvie S on electric bass and Steve Gadd on drums. The point of the taping was to support a TV-show concept ...

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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 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Weather Report & Hazel Scott

Read "Weather Report & Hazel Scott" reviewed by Joe Dimino


During this era of jazz quarantine, innovation and consistency has been alive for all musicians. One band doing just that is The Greyboy Allstars. They kick off the 677th Episode of Neon Jazz. We also profile a host of 2020 releases from the likes of Walt Wagner and Luques Curtis. Finally, we pay our respects to ...

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Article: Album Review

Kayle Brecher: Kayleidoscope

Read "Kayleidoscope" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Vocalist, composer, and stylist Kaylé Brecher has long been a part of the jazz fabric. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Temple University with a double major in performance and composition/arranging, Brecher has long been a member of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop in New York City. Her private studies include tutelage by Jim McNeely and ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Jelgavas Big Band Brings Latvian Music Arranged By American Pianist Michael Abene to DC on October 4th

Jelgavas Big Band Brings Latvian Music Arranged By American Pianist Michael Abene to DC on October 4th

On October 4, 2019, Latvia is presenting a jazz concert by the Jelgava Big Band at the Organization of American States on the on the Occasion of 130 years since the First International Conference of American States and in anticipation of the 25th anniversary in 2020 since Latvia is a Permanent Observer at the OAS. Venue ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Big Band tedesche in gran spolvero

Read "Big Band tedesche in gran spolvero" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Da almeno trent'anni in Germania operano alcune delle migliori orchestre mainstream d'Europa, ormai famose per le collaborazioni coi massimi jazzisti contemporanei. Tra i vari collettivi, la NDR Big Band di Amburgo e la WDR Big Band di Colonia si collocano oggi ai vertici internazionali, sapendo coniugare alta professionalità tecnica a doti di flessibilità, fantasia e apertura ...


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