The Big Swing featuring Emma Smith, Georgina Jackson & Vula Malinga at Cadogan Hall (2022 EFG LJF) – London Jazz News

The Big Swing featuring Emma Smith, Georgina Jackson & Vula Malinga (Cadogan Hall, London SW3, 18 November 2022. Review by Len Weinreich) Emma Smith. Photo copyright Monika S. Jakubowska The evening started with a bundle of promises as the singer Emma Smithvibrant in shocking pink and singer/trumpeter Georgina Jackson in electric blue, bounded onto a … Read more

WDR Big Band ft Luigi Grasso and Johan Hörlén – ‘Birth Of A Bird’ – London Jazz News

WDR Big Band ft Luigi Grasso and Johan Horlén – Birth Of A Bird (Jazzline D77114 – album review by Mark McKergow) The WDR Big Band celebrate Charlie Parker’s centenary in suitably gyratory style with a feast of alto sax gymnastics and top-class new arrangements of some true Bird classics. Lao Tzu wrote that “the … Read more

Ron Carter’s Big Band at Birdland article @ All About Jazz

Ron Carter’s Big Band Birdland New York, NY October 22, 2022 The city of New York hosts plenty of theaters and a wealth of cafes, restaurants, pubs, and clubs but it is the jazz clubs there that have been an enduring beacon of musical genius in this city. Any self-respecting jazz head has to make … Read more

European Jazz Workshop Big Band in Edinburgh – London Jazz News

European Jazz Workshop Big Band (Festival Theater Studio, Edinburgh, 21 July 2022. Live review by Mark McKergow)European Jazz Workshop Big Band . Phone snap by Mark McKergow This astounding performance by young musicians from across Europe produced 75 minutes of disciplined, varied and exciting music without any visible scores, arrangements or written parts. The quality … Read more

Eyal Vilner Big Band – ‘The Jam!’ – London Jazz News

Eyal Vilner Big Band – The Jam! (Self-released (WEBSITE). Album review by Len Weinreich) According to the late ebullient George Melly, it was George Bernard Shaw who described dancing as ‘a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire’. Fascinating to jazz aficionados Because for at least half-a-century, jazz provided appropriate soundtracks to both expression and desire. … Read more

Big Band Superhero In the Making article @ All About Jazz

Profile By John Chacona July 6, 2022 Sign in to view read count I just had a bug for big band music. Since I got to grad school that was my whole thing. —Stephen Philip Harvey ” data-original-title=”” title=””>Stephen Philip Harvey Jazz Orchestra’s debut recording, Smash! (Next Level, 2022) where the band claps hands, whoops … Read more

Blues Rockers The Record Company Honor the Legacies of Big Mama Thornton and Elvis Presley with Reworking of “Hound Dog” – American Blues Scene

“Hound Dog” is one of those timeless rock and roll songs that feels indelibly etched on our collective consciousness. While Elvis Presley’s cover of the song is likely more widely known than Big Mama Thornton’s original, the latter was a game-changer that sounds as bold and alluring now as it did when it was first … Read more

Orrin Evans & the Captain Black Big Band article @ All About Jazz

What is Jazz? Courtesy Lisa Hagen Glynn By Paul Rauch June 14, 2022 Sign in to view read count While the nonprofit has been acknowledged for providing a place for the resident Seattle jazz to thrive, it is equally important to note the Fellowship’s work in caring for the music itself. ” data-original-title=”” title=””>Thomas Marriott, … Read more

Nikki Iles, Mike Walker, RNCM Big Band (RNCM Theatre, 30 June) – London Jazz News

Manchester is in for a true summer treat at the end of June, when the Royal Northern College of Music Big Band performs with pianist and composer Nikki Iles and guitarist Mike Walkergiving jazz lovers the chance to hear what Steve Berry describes as Iles’s “sumptuous arrangements”. Feature by Martin Chilton Nikki Iles, Ronnie Scott’s, … Read more

Movie release – “Knights of Swing” recreates big band jazz in post-war California

Knights of Swing – “Cucamonga” Official Music Video On March 25, the Knights of Swing LLC and E3 Music Productions released a feature length film “Knights of Swing” powered by an incredible array of musical talent and a crew of dreamers and believers. The film “Knights of Swing” is set in Lynwood, California in 1947 … Read more