Giant Steps: Feature Reviews

by Ron Wynn

Ryan Middagh Jazz Orchestra
“Live From Nashville”

Baritone saxophonist, composer and arranger Ryan Middagh has worked tirelessly since 2014 in making the Blair School of Music’s jazz studies program a great one. One of his areas of emphasis has been on the large jazz ensemble and orchestra, and this new CD spotlights both his […]

By |January 25th, 2020|0 Comments

Giant Steps by Ron Wynn, Jazz Commentary & Appreciation

COMMENTARY: Jazz & popular music; APPRECIATION: Harold Mabern

For many decades a loose coalition of musicians, critics and academics have lobbied hard to have jazz viewed as distinct from, and to a large extent outside, the realm of popular (and certainly “pop”) music. There are many variations on this argument, many of them valid. The […]

By |January 23rd, 2020|0 Comments