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Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band: Melody Reimagined: book 1 (Basin Street)

It’s a tradition at least as old as bebop: Attach a new melody and/or a revised arrangement to chord changes from a familiar tune. Jason Marsalis formally explores that approach with an album-length set of such pieces, the latest from the working group he now calls the 21st Century Trad Band. The music is more … Read More “Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band: Melody Reimagined: book 1 (Basin Street)”

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Review: 2017 Savannah Music Festival

Jazz is always prominent when the Savannah Music Festival cranks up its eclectic assortment, with diehard jazz fans dropping anchor during Jazz Week, culminating in the epic Swing Central Finale concert at Lucas Theatre of the Arts. Three high-school big bands perform, finalists of the Swing Central workshops and competition, followed by a concert where the mentoring musicians … Read More “Review: 2017 Savannah Music Festival”

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