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Progressive Jazz shakes up crowd at Strange Fruit

Visiting maestro follows up master class with free concert

Ramsay Short

Daily Star staff

The last time Alex Wilson was in Lebanon he was stuck in a hotel band playing piano at a club in Kaslik. Contracted for three months, the experience was so bad he left after just one.

“The management of that place was terrible, we were stuck in a hotel on a hill, couldn’t really move around, everything that could go wrong went wrong,” he says.

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Johnny Pennino — Ladies and Gentlemen ; Mr. Johnny Pennino

— by Joe Curtis —

From the beginning to the ever lovin’ end, Ladies and Gentlemen … Mr. Johnny Pennino, is a pure joy to listen to. Man, what a sax player Mr. Johnny Pennino is!!! Incomparabe!!! He’s the kind of guy other sax players compare themselves to .. and look up to — without a doubt! Hailing from New Orleans, the Jazz Capitol of the World, Johnny grew up among the best musicians in the world, and is one of them. How can he not be, when he has inborn talent; as well as indelible musical influences like Louis Prima, Sam Butera’s immortal sax virtuosity, Al Hirt’s trumpet beauty, and Boots Randolf’s sax excellence to grow from. Tin ears would fair well in that kind of musical environment.

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Juilliard Jazz Orchestra Highlights Big Band Innovation In "Stan

The Music Of Stan Kenton”
Thursday, February 27, 2003 At 8 Pm In The Juilliard Theater

Victor Goines, Artistic Director of Jazz Studies, Conducts
On Thursday, February 27 at 8 PM in the Juilliard Theater, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra plays music of big band innovator Stan Kenton in a concert entitled Stan: The Music of Stan Kenton. Victor Goines, Artistic Director of Jazz Studies at Juilliard, conducts. The first half of the program includes such Kenton signature works as Artistry in Rhythm, Opus in Pastels, Youngblood, Concerto to End All Concertos, What’s New?, Interlude, and Kingfish. The second half of the concert features Cuban Fire Suite, Kenton’s famously exciting combination of big-band power and Cuban rhythms.

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Mary Lou Williams Celebration to take place on Park Avenue Wednesday, February 20th at 8 PM

Arts at The Park  Park Avenue Christian Church 1010 Park Avenue at 85th Street New York, NY 10028 For more information, contact: Dottie Jeffries,; (917) 445-7876 HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Mary Lou Williams Celebration to take place on Park Avenue Wednesday, February 20th at 8 PM  Pre-concert talk at 7:15 PM …

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