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New England Jazz Ensemble

The New England Jazz Ensemble is a performance group, as well as a composers forum, comprising regionally-based artists in both big-band and small-group configurations. It features original and contemporary arrangements and compositions, much of it generated by the ensembles members. The group is helping to perpetuate the uniquely American large jazz ensemble as an art medium. It accomplishes this and its other goals by encouraging the writing of new work, addressing culturally diverse audiences, educating the public about jazz, sharing the band's wealth of expertise with the public in the form of concerts, educational forums and programs, and through guest performances and recordings

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

New England Jazz Ensemble: Peter and the Wolf

Read "Peter and the Wolf" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev composed the children's tale Peter and the Wolf to introduce classical music to a wider audience, so the world-class New England Jazz Ensemble has reimagined Prokofiev's beloved fantasy in jazz terms as a pathway to a greater awareness of its singular style of music. The redesigned suite, which encompasses almost ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival Announces Final Lineup For Oct. 4-13 Event

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival Announces Final Lineup For Oct. 4-13 Event

Williams College Jazz Ensemble Added to Headline Event A Signature Musical Happening of the Fall Foliage Season Pittsfield, Mass: Berkshires Jazz, Inc. has announced the final lineup for the 8th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, which runs from Oct. 4-13 in various venues in downtown Pittsfield. A signature cultural event of the Fall Foliage season in the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New England Jazz Ensemble to Release Fifth CD at June 5 Concert Featuring Giacomo Gates, Ali Ryerson

New England Jazz Ensemble to Release Fifth CD at June 5 Concert Featuring Giacomo Gates, Ali Ryerson

The 16-piece Big Band Celebrates 20th Birthday In Performance at Hartford's Polish National Home HARTFORD, CT—"It's a Grand Night for Swinging," The New England Jazz Ensemble's long-awaited fifth CD will be released on June 5, 2011, at a concert at the Polish National Home in Hartford. The 4pm concert also features guest vocalist Giacomo Gates and ...

New England Jazz Ensemble to Record 'Live' Concert with Guest Soloists John Abercrombie, Ali Ryerson, and Giacomo Gates

New England Jazz Ensemble to Record 'Live' Concert with Guest Soloists John Abercrombie, Ali Ryerson, and Giacomo Gates

June 5 Performance at Hartford's Polish National Home Will be the 16-piece Big Band's Long-awaited Fifth CD HARTFORD, CT -- The New England Jazz Ensemble, a 16-piece big band, will record its next album in concert on June 5, at the Polish National Home, 60 Charter Oak Ave., in Hartford, Connecticut. Two complete performances, at 5:30pm ...

Wishes You a Cookin' Christmas

Label: Sea Breeze Jazz
Released: 2004
Track listing: We Wish You a Cookin' Christmas; Jolly Ole St. Nick; The Christmas Song; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; Winter Wonderland; Frosty the Snowman; Christmas Time Is Here / Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; Suite from The Nutcracker Ballet -- Overture / Toot Toot Tootie Toot / Peanut Brittle Brigade / Sugar Rum Cherry / Entr'acte / The Volga Vouty / Chinoiserie / Danse of the Floreadores / Arabesque Cookie (66:47).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The New England Jazz Ensemble: Wishes You a Cookin' Christmas

Read "Wishes You a Cookin' Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers

So why, you may ask, is Bowers reviewing a Christmas album in February? That's a perceptive question, the answer to which is really quite simple: big band albums as impressive as this one by the superb New England Jazz Ensemble should be listened to and applauded not only during the holiday season but every day of ...


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