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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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Tony Adamo CD Review

Tony Adamo is a gifted jazz vocalist/songwriter, and his new CD release, DANCE OF LOVE, is a big winner in the smooth jazz and jazz vocals category. A wide listening audience of the jazz community will find these collections of original material both entertaining and enjoyable.

Tony Adamo has a fine singing voice, and at times, he sounds like British singer, David Bowie. Tony Adamo is the David Bowie of the smooth jazz set, and Adamo has quite the unique voice.

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Jazz Train Journeys from New Orleans to Washington, D.C. in March 2003


DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.–Discover the Antebellum South and the roots of jazz aboard a specially themed American Orient Express (AOE) itinerary this spring, plus receive $500* savings per person.

On the 8-day/7-night Antebellum South Jazz Train itinerary, March 13-20, 2003 guests journey between New Orleans and Washington, D.C. visiting great southern cities, plantations and jazz honky-tonks. Throughout this rail cruise, guests will enjoy a delightful recounting of the historic, cultural and entertainment roots that the South has brought to 20th Century Jazz.

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Ellis Marsalis & Sons And Sonny Rollins Bring Two Incredible Nights Of Jazz To T


Play Verizon Hall SUNDAY, MARCH 2

The Kimmel Center One of Only Five U.S. Stops on Exclusive Tour

SONNY ROLLINS Makes Kimmel Center Debut FRIDAY, MARCH 7

PHILADELPHIA–An incredible week of jazz comes to The Kimmel Center this March when Ellis Marsalis and Sons perform in Verizon Hall on Sunday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. and the great Sonny Rollins makes his Kimmel Center debut on Friday, March 7 at 8 p.m.

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