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Happy Birthday, Cole Porter

Read "Happy Birthday, Cole Porter" reviewed by Russell Perry


We are celebrating Cole Porter's 130th birthday—born June 9, 1891, This means that Porter was 27 years old, having already had shows produced on Broadway, when the first jazz recording was made in 1917. Early recordings by James P. Johnson, Jimmie Lunceford, Teddy Wilson and Django Reinhardt showed the adaptability of his compositions to the jazz ...

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The John Goldsby Trio: Segment

Read "Segment" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Let's humor one another and just say that it's the hardest of the hard core who won't find themselves swept up in this snazzy little tart of a disc. It's music that gives you enough rope to range and get your chores done but holds you always in its easeful sway as the world is in ...

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Article: Radio

Modern Big Bands: Christian McBride, Marshal Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch and More

Read "Modern Big Bands: Christian McBride, Marshal Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch and More" reviewed by Russell Perry


Since the early days of jazz, composers, arrangers, and players have sought out large ensembles for their potential for rich expression and vibrant musical color. Even in the heyday of small-group dominated bebop, Dizzy Gillespie formed a big band as soon as he could. To this day, while few bands can hold together as touring units, ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Dave Stryker: The Positive Force Of Blue Soul

Read "Dave Stryker: The Positive Force Of Blue Soul" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Dave Stryker is passionate about music and its positive energy. From his time working with Jack McDuff and Stanley Turrentine to his years as a solo artist, Stryker has established himself as one of the foremost jazz guitarists around. He also teaches at Indiana University, Montclair State University, Rutgers University, and has an online instructional workshop ...

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Article: Radio

Big Bands, Orchestras and New Sounds

Read "Big Bands, Orchestras and New Sounds" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This week we focus on new releases interpreting pop hits in a big band style with Dave Stryker working with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band; delivering solo piano compositions with a cinematic blend of classical, post-minimalist and traditional music courtesy of Kosta Jevtić, from Serbia; or incorporating folk elements into contemporary jazz by Kari ...

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Article: Album Review

Fred Hersch & the WDR Big Band: Begin Again

Read "Begin Again" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Throughout pianist Fred Hersch's long career, he has mostly worked in trios and other small units, rarely doing much with large ensembles. That makes this session of Hersch featured with Germany's WDR Big Band a special treat. They play a program of the pianist's compositions from various parts of his career, all arranged and conducted by ...

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Article: Album Review

Richie Beirach-Gregor Huebner Duo & The WDR Big Band: Crossing Borders

Read "Crossing Borders" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Richie Beirach, Gregor Huebner and the WDR Big Band. Now there's a triumvirate that speaks to enormity and nonconformity. On Crossing Borders, the revered pianist, the style-skirting violinist and the boundary-pushing large ensemble join forces for a program that's both crafty and dynamic, playing to past glories and present tense all at once. Tied to no ...

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Article: Album Review

Till Brönner / Dieter Ilg: Nightfall

Read "Nightfall" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Trumpeter Till Brönner is widely lauded in his native Germany and throughout Europe. He has had broad success not only as a jazz composer and musician but also in film music, pop and country genres. Brönner has recorded eighteen albums as a leader and worked with Monty Alexander, Dave Brubeck, Al Foster, Joachim Kühn, Nils Landgren, ...

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Article: Live Review

Moers Festival 2018

Read "Moers Festival 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley


Moers Festival Moers, Germany May 18-21, 2018 The long-established Moers Festival has undergone several changes in recent years. Its distinctive circus top tent was retired in 2013, making way for a custom-designed Halle to house most of the main concerts. Then, two years ago, the festival director and programmer switched ...


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