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Living in Tokyo for more than twenty years still comes as a surprise for trumpet player, composer and band director Mike Price. He often says " My original plan was to come here for six months to a year, or maybe a year and a half, if I'm lucky!" He did not anticipate that Tokyo's jazz fans and the music business would keep him busy this long ! Originally, arriving on an artist exchange program cosponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S./Japan Friendship Commission, artistic projects involving the use of Japanese instruments in a jazz setting occupied most of the first year and a half

A Big Band Spectacular? You Bet Your Brass!

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On May 23, Betty and I flew to jny: Los Angeles to attend the L.A. Jazz Institute's semi-annual ode to swinging, this one labeled Big Band Spectacular and slated for Thursday through Sunday, May 25-28. We rearranged our schedule to arrive a day early, even before Wednesday's “bonus" event, to attend the funeral of a longtime ...

In Tokyo, Japan

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Spiralization; Touch & Go; A Mingus Among Us; Imagery; “Charlie, from Just Around”; Tutu’s Birds of Passage; True Lovers Dream; Catch as Catch Can; Tohryanse (folk song); For the Love of Jazz; Urgency.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Price Jazz Quintet: In Tokyo, Japan

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Although the name Mike Price may be unfamiliar to you--unless, that is, you happen to live in or near Los Angeles or Tokyo--he has been around the block more than a few times, forging a lengthy and successful career that goes back to his time as lead trumpet for the Buddy Rich band and orchestras led ...

Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?

Read "Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

On May 18, Betty and I flew to Los Angeles to attend Time Check: A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion, a four-day panorama sponsored by the L.A. Jazz Institute and held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, about a stone's throw or two from the LAX airport. We arrived early afternoon so we could also be present for ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Gold Medalists Abound at Big Band Olympics

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As this is being written, Betty and I are just back from a ten-day visit to California, the first six days of which would be of absolutely no interest to readers of this column. The last four, however, were spent at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel attending the L.A. Jazz Institute's “Big Band Olympics," which ...


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