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Vinnie Cutro

Vinnie Cutro, born in New Jersey in 1953, received his formal musical training throughout the years and continued his education at New Jersey University where he received his B.A in Music Education. Then his working education began as a freelance musician in the New York Area. He later continued his education at New York University where he received his Masters in Jazz Performance.There he furthered his studies in jazz composition, classical studies, jazz arranging and counterpoint with Dr. Tom Boras and Jim McNeely. During the past 30 years Vinnie Cutro has performed with noted jazz greats such as HORICE SILVER, BUDDY RICH and LIONEL HAMPTON

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Walt Weiskopf: All About the Sound

Read "Walt Weiskopf: All About the Sound" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

What is it that drives Walt Weiskopf? It's all about the music, all about the sound. He's reached a large audience in ten years of touring with Steely Dan. He's written a half dozen books on jazz improvisation techniques and methods, and he's taught at the Eastman School of Music, Temple University and New ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Russ DeFilippis: The Sorcerer's Accomplice

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Jazz guitarist and educator Russ DeFilippis from Stony Point, New York delivers his second album as leader with the appropriately titled The Sorcerer's Accomplice, a ten-piece project of smooth-styled jazz with a Brazilian flair. Why is the album title so apropos? In 2012, DeFilippis met fellow educator, composer and pianist Richard Sorce at a rehearsal of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Richard Sorce: A Place I've Never Been

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New York-based pianist/Composer and educator Richard Sorce has had a life-long affinity for the Brazilian genre and the music that emanated from the periods of the 50s through the 70s which led the artist to form the Latin Jazz group, The Richard Sorce Project in 2012. Sorce and the group now present their ten-track Brazilian- styled ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

David Hazeltine and Mike Kaplan: Two Perspectives On Cedar Walton

Read "David Hazeltine and Mike Kaplan: Two Perspectives On Cedar Walton" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Years ago, I often went to a club in which a guest soloist was coupled with the house rhythm section. At one point in nearly every opening set, in an effort to find some common ground, the leader called Cedar Walton's “Bolivia." Sitting and waiting in anticipation for the theme to be played became an important ...

Pop-Culture Blues

Read "Pop-Culture Blues" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The blues, as it turns out, has many shades; an enduring art form that has been an integral part of the language of jazz since its beginning (if not before). Some aspects of the blues are readily perceived, others not so much. “The common thread," Michael Treni writes in his astute liner notes to Pop-Culture Blues, ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Kris Berg & the Metroplexity Big Band / Michael Treni Big Band / Millennium Jazz Orchestra

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Kris Berg & the Metroplexity Big BandThis Time / Last YearMAMA Records2012 Until now, bassist / educator Kris Berg, who oversees the Jazz Studies program at Collin College near Dallas, TX, has been widely known and respected as someone who writes and arranges songs for others to play. ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Budman-Levy Orchestra / Jens Wendelboe Big Band / DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra

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Budman / Levy OrchestraFrom There to HereOA2 Records2012 If this splendid album, recorded two years ago (2010), is in any way emblematic of what lies ahead, the long-range outlook for big band jazz is indeed bright and auspicious. Saxophonist Alex Budman and trombonist Jeremy Levy have assembled ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Jens Wendelboe Big Band: Fresh Heat

Read "Fresh Heat" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A superb follow-up to his well-received Inspirations, Vol. 1 (Rosa, 2010) ensemble excursion, veteran trombonist, band leader, and award-winning Norwegian composer/arranger, Jens Wendelboe unleashes a little Fresh Heat from The Jens Wendleboe Big Band. The disc features contemporary interpretations of classic compositions by trumpeter Clifford Brown, saxophonist Joe Henderson, and bassist Steve Swallow, along with several ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bandleader Michael Treni Continues His Resurgence With "Boys Night Out," A Powerhouse Session Showcasing His 16-piece Orchestra With Jerry Bergonzi

Bandleader Michael Treni Continues His Resurgence With "Boys Night Out," A Powerhouse Session Showcasing His 16-piece Orchestra With Jerry Bergonzi

A boys’ night out is usually dedicated to the avid pursuit of instant gratification, but in the case of trombonist Michael Treni, this convivial music hang was a long time coming. His fourth release since rededicating himself to music after a successful career in business, Boys Night Out features Treni’s talent-laden 16-piece orchestra. It’s the work ...


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