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Archive for December, 2011


BILL KIRCHNER EVERYWHERE

THE TALENTED MR. KIRCHNER

somewhere in the 1980′s not long after a desperation move back to hometown Brooklyn, NY from my beloved Greenwich Village aerie, i received an invitation from an admired friend, saxophonist Bill Kirchner, who was to present his quartet at a library a decent bike ride from my downtown home. i was always looking for somethings to write about that were, shall we say, off the oft-trodden jazz path. we remained friends –and now colleagues– so when i read that his music was being showcased at one of his teaching institutions, the Manhattan School of Music, i jumped at the chance to hear his work in expanded versions by the estimable MSM Concert Jazz Band.

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CLEM DEROSA JAZZ MULTITASKER: AN APPRECIATION

CLEM DEROSA JAZZ MULTITASKER: AN APPRECIATION

listing the vast accomplishments of my friend and mentor CLEM DEROSA does not carry the day. this larger-than-life human being shed his motral coil peacefully in his sleep after a long bout with cancer. he had recently moved to Denton, TX to be closer to his son, arranger, drummer, educator Richard. Clem was 86. there was snow on the roof but jazz fires were burning in the boiler.

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