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Duke Ellington had the hard-earned luxury, and headache, of having his own full-time traveling orchestra as an outlet for his compositions. Although that is impossible in 2…
As stated in the press kit, the producers of this project recovered the masters from a fire back in 1990, and proceeded to embark upon a restoration project. The histori…
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 …