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Portland Jazz Festival: A Celebration of ECM

John Fedchock

This one-night stand at the Standard was a teaser for the NY Big Band’s upcoming release, Up and Running-their fourth-due out in March on Reservoir.

Fedchock made a name for himself as a soloist and arranger during the seven years he played with Woody Herman in the 1980s. For nearly two decades now he has been playing his highly polished modern arrangements with his own herd, a group without gimmick, pretense or overt statement of purpose other than smart writing and great playing. It’s a real musicians’ band, not unlike the Vanguard Orchestra, stocked with highly respected veterans who welcome the chance to play some of their kind of music in a setting where everyone speaks the same language and gets a chance to shine.

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