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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…
Fellow jazz fans if you're feeling in the mood to shake rattle and roll (to borrow a phrase from rock) or otherwise swing a thing or two, take a listen to 16 Men & A…
Was Duke Ellington one of THE GREATEST chefs in the crazily eclectic kitchen of American Music? Yet another long-unavailable chapter in Dukal lore has b…
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…
Fantazm is a fantastic high energy big band production with sizzling solos, great rhythm work and a brass section that delivers the big band so…
2005 marks the 20th year anniversary of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra; taken from a May, 2004 concert at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh, the release o…
Big band music has had its share of accolades and failures, too numerous at times to even discuss. However, the point is the successes prevail more often today with some…
There have been many tributes to Benny Goodman over the years but here is one with a delightful difference. Singer Terry Blaine, clarinetist Allan Vaché and stride pianist …
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…
Did you ever wonder what is in a jazz name? How do great jazz giants,along with today's jazz stars make their name and be recognized as the new upcoming superstars? Did the…