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Jim Widner Big Band: Flying High

The 19-piece Jim Widner Big Band, which recently recorded its fourth CD, Flying High (Chase), plays with the youthful energy of a college jazz band, but all sidemen are studio and big-band veterans and educators. That last category explains the success with which Widner has had in getting such high-priced players together under optimal conditions (read “well-rehearsed”) for all four of his sessions. Each recording represented the culmination of a weeklong summer jazz camp at Drury University, in Springfield, Mo.

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