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In 2005, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra detonated a brilliant effort of pure untarnished swing as they released TNT - A Tommy Newsom Tribute from Diva Jazz Lightyear. Wi…
The disc starts off with "Just Among Friends," a spry, lively tune, written by Beaudoin and featuring some compelling solos by Bucky Pizzarelli and Billy Novick. Followi…
When reviewing a jazz release by an all-female band, it’s difficult to resist the urge to make at least some passing comment on the gender issue, and rather than try to …
In My Time, the new release from the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, is a different kind of big band album. It is more than simply music - it is genius personifie…
These guys can really jive and wail. Led by bassist Dave Post and featuring alto saxophonist, Buddy Terry, who played with huge names such as Ray Charles, Count Basie, A…
Director Susie Jones must be proud of her festival-winning bands at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, and justifiably so. The current edition is just back from…
One of the jazz world’s best known arrangers, Ernie Wilkins (1919-1999) was born in Saint Louis where he and his childhood pal Clark Terry gigged as teenagers. It was Clark…
It should be mentioned up front that this is almost the same band that Woody Herman brought to the Everest studios in September 1958. Chubby Jackson was part of many of Her…
Easy As It Gets is the fourth CD by John Sheridan’s Dream Band. In typical fashion, Sheridan digs deep into the archives of his own memory and comes up with an in…
After hearing the opening track, a rendition of Benny Carter's "Miss Missouri" that is so by-the-numbers and competent to the point of sterility, one could be excused fo…