SAX MASTER HOUSTON PERSON AT EUBIE BLAKE CENTER SEPT. 22

by Rusty Hassan. Houston Person’s Big Beautiful Sound Houston Person is certainly carrying on the tradition of the big tenor sound created by his early influences Illinois Jacquet and Gene Ammons. Although he has recorded prolifically and traveled extensively, he still, as the cliché goes, deserves wider recognition. | Read more>> Read more

BJA BIG BAND KEEPS TRADITIONS ALIVE

By: Chris Taylor. As John Tegler of WEAA introduced the Baltimore Jazz Alliance Big Band, he painted a portrait of the group’s break from the traditional size and shape etched by Don Redman and Fletcher Henderson. Bursting at the seams, the BJA Big Band had stacked its reeds and trombones, augmenting the standard for a diversified wall of sound. | Read more>> Read more

The Sweet Sounds of Saxophone Colossi

by Andrew Zaleski Stereotypes about large, stocky men don’t stick to Brad Collins, who has managed to train his left leg to pop up each time he draws high notes from his tenor saxophone. As he and the band swing into the first notes of a five-song set, Collins seems to be more graceful than the broadness of his shoulders suggests: the fingers of his right hand punch the keys of his sax, his left hand dangling in the air above his head, as he moves his hips, plays the last notes of his solo, then sends the energy over to Tim Green and his alto saxophone. | Read more>> Read more