Chicago jazz drummer Dave Tough died young, only barely outliving the big-band era, but his influence lives on.
The first time I saw Orkesta Mendoza was at SXSW about five years ago, and the group had already perfected an enormous, vintage Latin big-band sound and intense, punk-like sensibility unparalleled in the Latin scene. Led by bandleader, singer, and guitarist Sergio Mendoza (a longtime member of Calexico and Devotchka), the Tucson indie mambo group […]
Indomitable big-band singer Dorothy Brady, aka Dottie Bee,
retired from a four-decade career 20 years ago–and she turns 90 next
Jazz saxophonist Johnny Griffin isn’t exactly obscure, but he’s been unjustly overshadowed since his heyday in the 50s and 60s.
Music from the innovative Brooklyn group, led by Darcy James Argue
A bizarre new record from Germany’s Monika Roscher Big Band serves up a robust collision of indie rock and big-band horns.