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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…
Longevity has its rewards in many aspects of life, however in music it just defines rhythm. A rhythm, flow if you will, that may never be reproduced or explained, so has…
The Cellar restaurant, Jazz Club, owned by Cory Weeds, has been voted in the Top 100 Jazz clubs Worldwide category by Downbeat Magazine three times, and is often compared t…
If you like your big band bold and brassy, then consider Calvin Owens’ "Keeping the Big Band Blues Alive." This is a terrific, upbeat, gorgeously performed recording tha…
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…
Multi-reedman Gebhard Ullmann is accustomed to performing within smaller modern jazz ensembles, generally teetering on the freer side of matters. With his big band proje…
As a jazz enthusiast of fifty years, I must admit that Denmark is not the first location to pop into my head when I think of my favorite music. Recording ventures that expl…
It seems that not a month goes by without the announcement of another label being founded by a musician as the alluring possibilities of the Internet and non-traditional di…
For sure, this might be my easiest CD review to date, as this is a CD treatise of Thad Jones original music. Thad was my inspiration for the creation of my big band. Michae…