Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

Sonny Rollins once said, "Music is an open sky." On that Tuesday when horror came from the open sky, he was at his apartment six blocks from the World Trade Center. From th…
It's been a long time between recording dates for the Don Menza Big Band. Menza, a monster tenor player and creative arranger, led his own big band on the West Coast in the…
They called him "Wild Mab." (There's a story behind that fishpond tune!) Charlie Barnet was independently wealthy, much-married and larger than life. At 16 he was a bandlea…
I have heard CDs featuring classical greats (often singers) attempting jazz performances with disappointing results. But Beautiful, Sara Caswell's first Arbors relea…
The monk who is the subject of this intriguing big band release is not Thelonious but the "Monk of Salzburg." This monk lived in the late Middle Ages, and is described in t…
This exciting new release, the first by the Bill Holman band since Brilliant Corners in 1999, was recorded live at Stratospheric, a tribute to Maynard Ferguson hel…
No grass grows under Mike Vax's feet. He appears as guest lead trumpet and soloist with symphony pops orchestras. He has performed on more than 70 albums. He does workshops…
To quote pianist Bill Charlap, "Gershwin is the heart and soul of American music... Gershwin's music is designed for interpretation and reinterpretation. We will never run …
The fifties, the era of Elvis and Pat Boone, would not be the best of times for Woody Herman and big band music. It was scuffling time and the band joked about being the un…
"Echoes in the Night" is the debut release of this fine sextet assembled by Earl MacDonald, director of jazz studies at the University of Connecticut and former pianist, mu…