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Steve Fidyk

Known for his versatility and musical approach, jazz drummer Steve Fidyk has earned national and international acclaim as an artist, author, composer and columnist. For more than 21 years, he was the drummer and featured soloist with The Army Blues Big Band, a premier 17-piece jazz ensemble stationed in Washington D.C. Fidyk currently performs with small groups led by tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf and guitarist Jack Wilkins. He is also a member of the jazz studies faculty at Temple University, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is also an educational consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington Program.

Battle Lines

Label: Blue Canteen Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ignominy; Battle Lines; Loopholes; Thank You, Dziekuje; Bebop Operations; Bootlickers Blues; Lullaby For Lori And John; Churn; Steeplechase; #Social Loafing; Sir John.

Battle Lines

Label: Blue Canteen Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ignominy; Battle Lines; Loopholes; Thank You, Dziekuje; Bebop Operations; Bootlickers Blues; Lullaby For Lori and John; Churn; Steeplechase; #Social Loafing; Sir John.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Fidyk: Battle Lines

Read "Battle Lines" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Battle Lines, the inaugural release of Steve Fidyk's Blue Canteen Music label, bears the stamp of a rhythm section capable of adroitly assuming multiple identities. During large portions of three amiable, bop-oriented tracks, “Bebop Operations," “#Social Loafing" and “Sir John," Fidyk's drums, bassist Michael Karn and pianist Peter Zak move the music along without any fuss ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Shawn Purcell: Symmetricity

Read "Symmetricity" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Guitarist Shawn Purcell has enjoyed a busy career with 15 years as a member of the military Big Bands in Washington DC. From 1996-2004, he was the guitarist in the US Air Force premier jazz ensemble, The Airmen of Note. During his time with “The Note," Purcell performed throughout the world, including England, Germany, Turkey, Luxembourg, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

US Military Service Bands: Histories & Heroes

Read "US Military Service Bands: Histories & Heroes" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 US Air Force Airmen of Note The premier jazz ensemble of the US Air Force, the Airmen of Note is one of six musical ensembles that comprise The US Air Force Band. Created in 1950 to continue the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Forces ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Our Favorite Things: Jazz Greetings from Military Service Bands

Read "Our Favorite Things: Jazz Greetings from Military Service Bands" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 US Army Blues: Swinging in the Holidays (2017) Swinging in the Holidays does so much more than swing. “Five-Sided Dreidel" sings in the traditional “Dreidel" melody until saxophones unravel it like unwrapping Christmas package ribbon and then hand what's left to the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Joey DeFrancesco at the Kimmel Center

Read "The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Joey DeFrancesco at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Joey DeFrancesco Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA June 1, 2019 The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP), under the leadership of trumpeter Terell Stafford, has produced a series of action-packed concerts at the Kimmel Center, featuring special guest artists, all ...

Allied Forces

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Evidence; Good Turns; Gaffe; Food Court Drifter; Doin' The Shake; Moose The Mooche; Portrait Of Tamela; High Five; In My Room; One For T.J.; Shiny Stockings.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Fidyk: Allied Forces

Read "Allied Forces" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The military reference in this record's title is right on the mark. For over a quarter of a century, Steve Fidyk has held down the drum chair in the U.S. Army Blues (part of the United States Army Band “Pershing's Own"), an 18-piece ensemble that has performed America's original art form in a variety of venues ...


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