Posts in category "Jazz"

Colors of a Dream: A Tom Harrell Experience

Colors of a Dream:  A Tom Harrell Experience
By RA Monaco The distinctive sound of this ensemble is derived from Tom Harrell’s compositions and the notable chemistry between these musicians.  Those who have some familiarity with the storied trumpet-composer Tom Harrell know “typical” isn’t what keeps jazz listeners fascinated and wanting more.  A sensitive and excitingly complex drummer, two magnificent bassists, two fire-breathing... Read more »

Summer Reading ZAZZ

Summer Reading ZAZZ
By RA Monaco Borrowing from an Urban Dictionary, the word ZAZZ is a quantifiable amount of something special—the higher the amount the more likely it is to be successful and awesome.  Lombard, IL – If you were East of the Sun and West of the Moon on Sunday afternoon you might have been at the... Read more »

Sounds of Summer

Sounds of Summer
By RA Monaco At a time when budget support for school music programs are being slashed across the country the inter-generational dividends of America’s investment was on display at the 15thAnnual Wheaton Band Festival. Fifteen summers ago, not many people thought the Wheaton Band Festival would’ve become the annual sounds of summer event that it... Read more »
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Jazz on a Perfect Summer Breeze

Jazz on a Perfect Summer Breeze
By RA Monaco ELMHURST – A warm nostalgia carried on a perfect summer breeze to the unqualified embrace of an audience who, from their living rooms mostly, shared the 30 years that Doc Severinsen led the NBC Orchestra on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Saturday night’s June Jazz: A Summer Extravaganza, at the Elmhurst... Read more »

The Future of Jazz Is In Good Hands

The Future of Jazz Is In Good Hands
By RA Monaco Referring to the level of musicianship participating in the 47th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, veteran artist-adjudicator Gary Smulyan struck the right chord in the closing moments of the event saying, “The future of jazz is in good hands.” The maturity of the Elmhurst College Jazz Band that performed Sunday with this... Read more »

Music: A Most Uncommon Gift

 Music: A Most Uncommon Gift
By RA Monaco It was a cornet for playing music, so I thought, yet it inspired empathy, built confidence, honored fallen heroes and saved lives, including my own. It was a cornet that became a window into the minds and hearts of the indigent and their families whose disenfranchised cultures were oppressed and ignored.  It... Read more »
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Ever Braver, Ever Stronger (An American Elegy)

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 Ever Braver, Ever Stronger (An American Elegy) From: SingularCherubim  | Sep 18, 2009  | Ever Braver, Ever Stronger (An American Elegy), composed by Gordon Goodwin and performed by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band …

Something Good to Tell

Something Good to Tell
September 4, 2011 The week’s tensions quickly dissolved Friday evening at the Millennium Park – Jay Pritzker Pavilion with the help of Bobby Broom and the Deep Blue Organ Trio with special guest Bobby Watson–many thanks to the sponsors of the 33rd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival and the City Department of Cultural Affairs & Special... Read more »