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Vanessa Perica

Vanessa Perica is a Composer, Arranger, Conductor based in Melbourne, Australia. Originally hailing from Perth, Vanessa majored in Jazz Composition and Arranging at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Upon completion of her Bachelor degree in 2003, she was awarded the prestigious Bob Wyllie Scholarship for ‘Most Outstanding Graduating Jazz Student.’ Other recipients of this honour include Mat Jodrell, Linda May Han Oh, Troy Roberts and Ben Vanderwal. Her mentor was the legendary Graeme Lyall AM. Recent career highlights include both national and international recognition

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Sizeable Outfits, Enviable Outcomes: Large Ensembles In Pursuit Of Excellence

Read "Sizeable Outfits, Enviable Outcomes: Large Ensembles In Pursuit Of Excellence" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Perhaps nothing better symbolizes dogged persistence than the proliferation of large ensembles in every corner of the jazz world. To take on this kind of work can and should be considered injudicious for the rationally-minded, as the investments--time-wise, organizationally, financially, mentally--are beyond compare. But just because the dollars and sense don't add up doesn't mean it's ...

Love is a Temporary Madness

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Spaccanapoli; Dance of the Zinfandels; Woody's Lament; Saint Lazare; Love Is a Temporary Madness; Scar for Charlie; Rebrahmanization.

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Vanessa Perica: Love is a Temporary Madness

Read "Love is a Temporary Madness" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even as the year 2020 has slid ignobly into the dustbin of history, music-lovers have been buoyed by a number of encouraging signs that the future of big-band jazz is in capable hands. While splendid recordings by old hands Mike Barone, Steve Spiegl, Mark Masters and Maria Schneider have helped keep the flame burning brightly, their ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jack Bowers' Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Jack Bowers' Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Given the angst and turmoil of this most unusual year, I wasn't expecting much in terms of quantity or quality of jazz recordings. Surprise! As it turns out, 2020 was a banner year with a large number of superlative albums regularly arriving for review. A dozen of the best I've heard are named here, and the ...

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A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 8

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 8" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The immuno-booster series is back. After all and, sadly, the pandemic is everything but over so our need for soothing and uplifting music is greater than ever. As usual, we've asked a number of prominent jazz musicians to share with our readers the music they rely for encouragement. For this instalment the selectors were ...

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Another Time Another Place - Happy Birthday Pamela Baskin-Watson

Read "Another Time Another Place - Happy Birthday Pamela Baskin-Watson" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The show begins with birthday greetings to pianist and composer Pamela Baskin-Watson and vocalist Kevin Mahogany, with new releases from drummer Jeff Hamilton, pianist Christian Sands, vocalists Paulette McWilliams, Brenda Nicole Moorer, Susie Meissner and flutist Ragan Whiteside, plus more birthday shoutouts to pianists Hank Jones, Josh Nelson, Shamie Royston and Diane Moser. Thanks for listening ...

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Whit Dickey, Sara Serpa & Stanley J. Zappa

Read "Whit Dickey, Sara Serpa & Stanley J. Zappa" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This first July show features the debut of a new record label with a focus on improvisation: Tau Forms. The artistic director is drummer Whit Dickey, and it happens that his new Expanded Light is one of first two releases by the label; the other comes from pianist Matthew Shipp. Good luck to Tao Forms! I ...

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A focus on Tom Rainey, Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson

Read "A focus on Tom Rainey, Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature some exciting new albums from Vanessa Perica, Dan Pocetti and Noshir Mody The main focus is on the work of Tom Rainey, Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson with music from the first album released under Rainey's name and then each musician explored in other projects. These selections clearly ...

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Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence

Read "Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In the first hour, a celebration of the centennial of Lew Spence, best known for his hit “Nice 'n' Easy," plus new releases from trumpeters Rebecca Coupe Franks and Carol Morgan with birthday shoutouts to Joan Whitney, Della Reese (pictured), Mavis Staples and Caroline Davis. In the second hour there is a tribute to Johnny Mandel. ...


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