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Steve Wiest

Steve has performed with: Dizzy Gillespie-who signed Steve's horn during a concert. Tito Puente, Fabian, Leslie Gore, Jock Bartley (Firefall), Fred Wesley (James Brown Band), Jim Salestrum (Dolly Parton's Band), Claire Fisher, Soloman Burk, Maggie Carlis (Cuba), Zephyr, Rombert Egues (former musical director for Arturo Sandoval), The Platters, The Coasters, Bernard Villa, and Nazara Perra. In concert, Steve has opened for: Fats Domino, Dr. John, Albert King, Jay Leno, Miami Sound Machine, Eberneser Oby (Nigeria), Coco Taylor, Otis Day and the Nights (Animal House Band), The Beach Boys, The Village People, and Little Richard. Chosen as an "Outstanding Soloist" at the Wichita Jazz Festival, Steve has also performed at: Red Rocks Amphitheater, Rainbow Music Hall, Boettcher Concert Hall, The Paramount Theatre, The Boulder Theatre, The Fox Theatre, The Bluebird Theatre, The Paradise (Aspen), and McNichols Sports Arena. When not in the United States, Steve performs in Paris at Aux Trois Malliettz 56 Rue Galland

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vinyl Hampdin: Red

Read "Red" reviewed by Nick Catalano

In the last half century popular American music has been dominated by groups comprised principally of electronic rhythm instruments, amplified lead guitars, augmented bass guitars, multi-unit percussion kits, and elaborate keyboard setups, which have borne the musical load alongside various vocal soloists and ensembles. Occasionally, we might hear an eight-bar solo from a tenor saxophonist, rarely ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra: Invitation

Read "Invitation" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here's how to make sure a five-star big-band album receives a four-star review: assemble a group of the finest musicians within a stone's throw or two of the chosen locale, place them in a recording studio, hand them superlative charts to read --then add vocals. In this case three of same, pretty much undermining what is ...

The High Road

Label: Blujazz Productions
Released: 2016
Track listing: The Vinnie Paradox; Cantaloupe Island; Violet Iris; A Stern Talking Too; Miles Slide; Please Don't Think It's Funny; Shred Or Shred Not (There Is No Try).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Wiest And Phröntrange: The High Road

Read "The High Road" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

You don't encounter a lot of trombone-centric fusion dates these days. But then again, you also don't encounter too many musicians like Steve Wiest, the unabashedly enthusiastic veteran trombonist fronting this project. He's a true polymath, respected as a performer, educator, science fiction author, cartoonist, and composer-arranger. But he also clearly knows how to let rip ...

Lab 2014

Label: Unt Jazz
Released: 2015
Track listing: Blues for Gabe; Brookmeyer; Master Aruba; I’m Old Fashioned; Wholesome Recreational Activity; A Father’s Love; Cassandra; Mixed Emotions; I Love You.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

UNT One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2014

Read "Lab 2014" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Another year, another anthology of stellar big-band jazz from the University of North Texas' flagship ensemble, the One O'Clock Lab Band, which carries on a tradition of annual recordings that was begun more than four decades ago. It's a custom that has not only served the university well but has produced a long and unbroken series ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

BlueNote/ArtistShare Submits Its First Albums For Consideration In The 57th Grammy Awards

BlueNote/ArtistShare Submits Its First Albums For Consideration In The 57th Grammy Awards

New records from Blue Note/ArtistShare artists Fabian Almazan and Jon Cowherd, as well as ArtistShare artist Steve Wiest to be considered for Grammy Awards This year ArtistShare has submitted the first recordings from the new BlueNote/ArtistShare label, a partnership forged by ArtistShare Founder and CEO Brian Camelio, Bruce Lundvall, and Don Was, President of Blue Note ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2013

Read "Lab 2013" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The University of North Texas is situated in Denton, a city of roughly 120,000 less than an hour's drive northwest from Dallas / Fort Worth. To students at UNT as well as its year-round residents, Denton is home, even if in the former case a home away from home. And speaking of home, the university is ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own

Read "Buddy Rich: In a Zone of His Own" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One of the channels that came with my Dish Network package is Classic Arts Showcase, which is a treasure trove of film clips documenting classical, ballet, folk, pop and other forms of music that one is unlikely to see anywhere else (although some footage is presumably available on YouTube, which more and more seems to encompass ...


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