October 12, 2016

MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN Delfeayo Marsalis presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra Troubadour Jazz Records www.dmarsalis.com This unusual CD came for review. I was immediately intrigued by the title as I doubted it to be a campaign item for a current presidential candidate. Listed in liner notes were 23 regular musicians, four guest musicians, four special[…]

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October 12, 2016

THE CANDY MEN Harry Allen’s All Star New York Saxophone Band Arbors Records ARCD 19450 Here’s another Harry Allen gem from Arbors Records. Harry has assembled an all-star team with fellow tenor saxophonists Grant Stewart and Eric Alexander and baritone sax player Gary Smulyan completes the quartet. The all-star rhythm section consists of pianist Rossano[…]

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October 5, 2016

Derek Smith was guest pianist for two Pensacola JazzFests in the early 1990s. There was a trio with bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Bobby Rosengarden. Derek also was pianist for our 1991 Pensacola Jazz Party. Accompanying photos were from that event. Also, Derek was also guest pianist for the first Pensacola ball—also early 90s. That[…]

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October 4, 2016

Plans for the 2017 Student Jazz Competition have begun, and applications will be accepted through Feb. 17, 2017. This will be the seventh year for the competition – showcasing the region’s talented student jazz performers and contributing much needed financial support. To download a flyer with more information on the competition, click here (PDF, 250K).[…]

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September 19, 2016

Algorithmic Society The Girshevich Trio Tapestry Records Here’s an intriguing recording for the adventurous jazz listener. It features then-12 year old drummer, Aleks Girsevich, father and pianist Vlad Girshevich and virtuoso, elder-statesman bassist Eddie Gomez. The title is sort of a double-entendre—Algorithmic Society. The real definition can be stated as a formula for solving a[…]

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September 13, 2016

JazzPensacola currently is seeking sponsors for the 2017 Pensacola JazzFest, to be held April 1-2 in downtown Pensacola. Pensacola JazzFest is a FREE all-jazz festival held in historic Seville Square in downtown Pensacola. Jazz Pensacola produces the event with assistance from a variety of corporate sponsors and community organizations. The weekend festival, held early each[…]

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