July 21, 2018

The New York Times of July 17, 2018 carried a story about Les Lieber’s death at 106. He was a New York advertising executive and a saxophonist. Since he missed the opportunity to play with a group, in 1965 he organized the Jazz At Noon series. The format was that Lieber would invite some serious[…]

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July 12, 2018

Trombonist Bill Watrous has just died. My first notification was on Doug Ramsey’s Rifftides blog on Arts Journal website. Today’s New York Times (7-12-18) has an extensive column about him and, no doubt, the jazz journals will also. My purpose here is a personal remembrance of this charming man and wonderful musician. Here’s what I[…]

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June 11, 2018

Alchemy Sound Project; Adventures in Time and Space www.alchemysoundproject.com Here is an interesting CD that came for review. It’s hard to classify as jazz or classical. So, maybe it is best to leave it unclassified and just describe. This is the second collaborative recording for this group. Performers include Samantha Boshnack, trumpet and flugelhorn; Erica[…]

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June 11, 2018

On The Levee Jazz Band; Swinging New Orleans Jazz Big Al Records www.ontheleveejazz.com It is with great pleasure that I have opportunity to review this wonderful CD. The leader of this outstanding group is long-time drummer Hal Smith, also a long-time personal friend, so I have confessed my bias in the second sentence. In November[…]

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April 13, 2018

Monika Herzig’s SHEROES Monika Herzig, bandleader and pianist Whaling City Sound This is my second opportunity to review academician, bandleader and pianist Monika Herzig’s group of international women jazz all-stars. So, I’m already among the converted. So the reader may appreciate the concept and make-up of the group, perhaps introductions are in order. Ms. Herzig[…]

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April 12, 2018

Allan Vache’; It Might As Well Be Swing Arbors Records, ARCD 19461 Here’s a CD which should appeal to clarinet and swing enthusiasts. As the title suggests all ten songs are familiar swing tunes. And there’s a special surprise in that Allan Vache’ brings in his wife Vanessa and a third clarinetist, Erin Davis-Guiles, on[…]

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