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Pete Rugolo

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Pete Rugolo was a jazz composer and arranger. He was born in San Piero Patti, Sicily. His family emigrated to the United States in 1920 and settled in Santa Rosa, California. He started his musical career playing the baritone, like his father, but he quickly branched out into other instruments, notably the French horn and the piano. He received a bachelor's degree from San Francisco State College, and then studied composition with Darius Milhaud at Mills College in Oakland, California. After he graduated, he was hired as an arranger and composer by guitarist and bandleader Johnny Richards

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Random Acts of Roach 3, Trudy Pitts, Pete Rugolo

Read "Random Acts of Roach 3, Trudy Pitts, Pete Rugolo" reviewed by David Brown


This week, new and recent releases from Ethan Iverson, Ambrose Akinmusire, Mary Halverson, and others; We'll continue with Random Acts of Roach, a month-long centennial celebration of the legendary drummer Max Roach; and why not, I'll share a bit of my recent obsession with the Pete Rugolo Orchestra, and much more. Old, new, in, out... wherever ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bah Humbug, Weather Music, Stocking Stuffer Singles

Read "Bah Humbug, Weather Music, Stocking Stuffer Singles" reviewed by David Brown


Personally, I do not celebrate Christmas. But for this week's show, I figured I'd get in the spirit and sprinkle a few offbeat holiday tunes into the mix. We start off with a Latin set with Pete Rugolo and His Orchestra's “Jingle Bells Mambo" followed by Herman's Heat and Puente's Beat; then a set of meteorological ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kate Gentile's New Opus, Music For Hi-Fi Bugs, David S. Ware

Read "Kate Gentile's New Opus, Music For Hi-Fi Bugs, David S. Ware" reviewed by David Brown


This week, an ambitious electro-acoustic release from drummer/composer Kate Gentile; big band works from Benny Carter, Pete Rugolo, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Gard Nelssen; Ellingtonia from the '60s new thing, and finally a birthday remembrance of David S. Ware. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of ...

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Article: Album Review

Wil Swindler: Space Bugs

Read "Space Bugs" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Space Bugs is essentially multi-layered yet readily accessible chamber jazz admirably performed by saxophonist/composer Wil Swindler's Colorado-based Eleventet—a finely woven banquet for the ears that was handsomely recorded in May 2022 before an appreciative audience at Denver's Mighty Fine Productions. Gil Evans springs to mind when listening, as do Pete Rugolo and late- career Bob Brookmeyer. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ramsey Lewis, Mick Goodrick & Ted Kooshian

Read "Ramsey Lewis, Mick Goodrick & Ted Kooshian" reviewed by Joe Dimino


With the song “McQueen" from pianist & composer Ted Kooshian, we start the 780th Episode of Neon Jazz with some good audio elbow grease. From there, we hear the artist Ted first saw in a live venue in the legendary Count Basie. Also, new music from Pedro Neves, Cheryl Ann Spencer and Rich Willey plus a ...

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Article: Album Review

Tobias Hoffmann Jazz Orchestra: Conspiracy

Read "Conspiracy" reviewed by Jack Bowers


While listening to Conspiracy, German-born composer-arranger Tobias Hoffmann's second album, the thought arose that “Stan Kenton would have loved this." Like Kenton, Hoffmann is an explorer who approaches music from a cerebral point of view but never overlooks the need to swing and to keep an audience engaged by varying the tone, tempo and color of ...

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Article: Album Review

Stan Kenton and His Orchestra: Concert on the Pacific

Read "Concert on the Pacific" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Stan Kenton Orchestra's Concert on the Pacific is actually a compendium of several concerts recorded between January and March 1958 at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, California—a series that almost emptied Kenton's wallet and caused him to pause and regroup a year or so later. While this was post-Rosolino/Sims/Konitz/Levey, the Kenton Orchestra was never without ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Midsummer Releases Plus A Pride Of Jazz Leos

Read "New Midsummer Releases Plus A Pride Of Jazz Leos" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents midsummer releases from pianist Bobby West and vocalist Carmela Rappazzo, plus a single of a new collaboration from vocalists Lucy Yeghiazaryan & Vanisha Gould, with birthday shoutouts to a pride of Jazz Leos: Nnenna Freelon, composer Pamela Baskin-Watson, pianists Joanne Brackeen and Shamie Royston, vocalists Camille Bertault, Fay Victor and Luba Mason, among ...

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News: Recording

June Christy: Fair and Warmer!

June Christy: Fair and Warmer!

Each year, right after the holidays, I love listening to June Christy's 1950s vocal recordings for Capitol. It's the hip dryness of her voice, the beaming sunshine of her singing style and cool phrasing that knock me out. It's all very California. Couple this with Pete Rugolo's eclectic arrangements and the Hollywood tigers assembled for the ...


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