The Jazz Session #191: Roland Vazquez Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Roland Vazquez explores a series of historical and philosophical ideas through the medium of music on The Visitor (RVCD, 2010). In this interview, Vazquez talks about his former and current large ensembles; the programmatic elements underlying the compositions; and why he decided to do something — orContinue reading “The Jazz Session #191: Roland Vazquez”

The Jazz Session #121: Darcy James Argue Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records, 2009), the debut CD from composer Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, is one of the most talked-about records of the year. In this interview, Argue reveals why he chose to write modern music using a big band as his musical vehicle; howContinue reading “The Jazz Session #121: Darcy James Argue”

The Jazz Session #98: Industrial Jazz Group Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS The Industrial Jazz Group is a 15-ish-piece large ensemble that plays the inventive, challenging and often hilarious music of composer Andrew Durkin. That sentence, though, doesn’t come close to doing them justice. The band, made up of musicians fluent in jazz, classical and rock — and inspiredContinue reading “The Jazz Session #98: Industrial Jazz Group”

The Jazz Session #93: Dave Rivello Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Composer and bandleader Dave Rivello is a man on a mission. For nearly two decades, Rivello has been writing original music for his large ensemble and performing that music in clubs in and around Rochester, NY, where he teaches at the Eastman School of Music. The result?Continue reading “The Jazz Session #93: Dave Rivello”

The Jazz Session #74: Nicholas Urie Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Jason Crane interviews composer Nicholas Urie. Urie’s fascinating album, Excerpts From An Online Dating Service (Red Piano, 2009) combines lyrics taken from online dating sites with complex and creative music for a large band. Citing Kurt Weill as a major influence, Urie has made an album thatContinue reading “The Jazz Session #74: Nicholas Urie”