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Article: Album Review

Doncaster Jazz Alumni: 50 Years

Read "50 Years" reviewed by Neil Duggan


The problem for John Ellis UK as a teacher of brass instruments in the West Riding of Yorkshire, was that there were few resources or equipment available for him to teach his students the skills they needed and take them to the level that would enable them to have a career in music. He wanted to ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Miles Davis, Rodney Jones & Reggie Quinerly

Read "Miles Davis, Rodney Jones & Reggie Quinerly" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Jazz musicians have resumed gigging in clubs and venues around the world. New York City is leading the way and the crowds are coming in big numbers. In honor of that, we begin the 710th Episode of Neon Jazz with NYC jazz drummer Reggie Quinerly with a track off his latest release New York Nowhere. We ...

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Article: Album Review

Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine: Tasty Tunes

Read "Tasty Tunes" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Tasty Tunes is the fifth CD by Ira B. Liss' stalwart San Diego-based Jazz Machine, which was formed almost forty years ago, in 1979--a span that, when reckoned in big-band years, is much closer to a century or more. While other bands have come and gone the Jazz Machine has adamantly stayed the course, presenting dynamic ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival "Big Band Spectacular" 2017, Part 4-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival "Big Band Spectacular" 2017, Part 4-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow


Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival Big Band Spectacular LAX Westin Hotel Los Angeles, CA May 24-28, 2017 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Roger Neumann's Rather Large Band Roger Neumann has led this happy band for many decades. One ...

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Article: Album Review

Nebraska Jazz Orchestra: NJO 40

Read "NJO 40" reviewed by Jack Bowers


NJO 40, the latest CD by the superlative Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, salutes the NJO's first forty years by presenting a series of in-concert recordings taped between 2010-15 whose roster of guest soloists on Tracks 1-10 reads like a who's who of renowned jazz artists from coast to coast. Tack on exemplary charts by Tom Kubis, Eric ...

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Article: Big Band Report

A Big Band Spectacular? You Bet Your Brass!

Read "A Big Band Spectacular? You Bet Your Brass!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


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 ...

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Article: Album Review

Allen Carter Big Band: Time on My Hands

Read "Time on My Hands" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In 2010, composer / arranger / drummer Allen Carter seemingly appeared from out of nowhere (North Dakota, actually) to record Gifts, his first album as a big-band leader and one of the more impressive anthologies in that or any other year. As 2016 passed its midpoint and moved inexorably toward a final bow, Carter decided the ...

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Article: Album Review

Sal Lozano: Everything's Gonna Be Great

Read "Everything's Gonna Be Great" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If you're looking for a superlative one-man saxophone section, better call Sal (Lozano). And if you need some dazzling charts to make that section shine, better phone Tom (Kubis, that is). After spending years as one of Southern California's leading sidemen, Sal Lozano has at last recorded an album under his own name, one on which ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Buddy Rich: The Beat Goes On

Read "Buddy Rich: The Beat Goes On" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Was Buddy Rich really “the world's greatest drummer"? The answer to that speculative question is debatable, of course, and opinions may vary, as they no doubt do on what kind of a person (or persons) he was when not weaving his particular brand of magic behind a drum kit. Buddy's remarkable talents as a drummer and ...


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