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Vaughn Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra: Herb's Book

Read "Herb's Book" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When Herb Harrison, director emeritus of Jazz Studies at Cal State University-Sacramento, retired a number of years ago and moved to his wife, Mary's, hometown of Columbus, Ohio, he never envisioned a “second career" writing for and conducting a ready-made big band. That was before he met Vaughn Wiester, whose Famous Jazz Orchestra holds forth each ...

Playin' the Book!

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Released: 2004
Track listing: It Could Happen to You; Quick Step; Too Close for Comfort; Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year; Opus in Chartreuse; The Party

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Vaughn Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra: Playin' the Book!

Read "Playin' the Book!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

You have to admire Vaughn Wiester’s sense of humor. Nowadays, labeling one’s band the “Famous Jazz Orchestra” is about as amusing a turn of phrase as can be envisioned. You have to admire Wiester’s sidemen too—a group of gentlemen (and four ladies) who keep on Playin’ the Book for love, certainly not for money, at their ...

Sight Readin', Baby!

Label: FJO
Released: 2001
Track listing: Hungover Square; Coisa #10; The Song Is You; Giant Steps; Surfboard; It

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Vaughn Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra: Sight Readin', Baby!

Read "Sight Readin', Baby!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Remember those boisterous, heavy–swinging in–concert albums from the late ’50s–early ’60s by the Terry Gibbs Dream Band? I was reminded of them while listening to Sight Readin’, Baby! by Vaughn Wiester’s Columbus, Ohio–based Famous Jazz Orchestra. Not that Wiester’s cobbled–together orchestra is as talented (or even as famous) as Terry’s (not many bands can outclass such ...


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