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Denver trumpeter Ron Miles' resume includes time with Bill Frisell, Don Byron, the Ellington Orchestra, and Fred Hess’ Boulder Creative Music Ensemble. Besides being solicited all over the world for his unique sound, Ron is a staple of the Denver jazz scene and his recent releases as band leader show off his skills as a composer and arranger as well as a “phenomenally gifted trumpeter” (Bill Milkowski). A resident of Denver since he was 11, he began playing the trumpet seriously in junior high school and studied music at the University of Denver (1981-1985) and the Manhattan School of Music (1986)

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


A look at Rudy Royston's resume tells you that the drummer should be more recognized. Royston has racked up credits with Nate Wooley, Jon Irabagon, Tom Harrell, Aruán Ortiz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Miles, Noah Preminger, Ben Allison, Tim Ries, Alex Sipiagin, Linda May Han Oh, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ron Miles and Other Trumpeters plus Others

Read "Ron Miles and Other Trumpeters plus Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features several trumpet players with an emphasis on the late Ron Miles. There are also other musicians heard on the program such as Mark Turner, Jason Moran and Gordon Grdina. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & ...

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Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2022

Read "Big Ears Festival 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 24-27, 2022 The Big Ears Festival found ways to continue virtually during the pandemic—most notably by sponsoring the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival—but there is no substitute for the big glorious eclectic event that is the in-person festival. Past festivals have usually opened with a big kickoff ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ron Miles: Custodian of Beauty, Part 2

Read "Ron Miles: Custodian of Beauty, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Celebrated for his distinctive voice on trumpet and cornet, elegant and timeless, Ron Miles was equally at ease with classical music, jazz tradition as well as with more out there experimentations. Here we feature a wide range of projects he lead, co-lead or guested on. Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ron Miles: Custodian of Beauty, Part 1

Read "Ron Miles: Custodian of Beauty, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Ron Miles was a jazz hypnotist who would lure his listeners into his music world, taking them to another dimension and gently dropping them back on earth at the end of his concerts, or albums, leaving them wondering... “what did just happen...? And how did I get here?" A few days back he passed ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ron Miles & Steven Bernstein

Read "Ron Miles & Steven Bernstein" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From the very talented jazz veteran Steven Bernstein with his Millenial Territory Orchestra, we start the 744th Episode of Neon Jazz. From there, we hear his hero in Duke Ellington. We listen to new music from jazz veterans like Michael Weiss, Farzin Farhadi, Eric Person and Bernie Senensky. Finally, we salute the late-great Ron Miles who ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Bill Frisell As Leader: A Beginner's Guide

Read "Bill Frisell As Leader: A Beginner's Guide" reviewed by Ian Patterson


To celebrate the publication of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Faber & Faber, 2022), Irish journalist Philip Watson's definitive biography of the Denver guitarist, All About Jazz presents this beginner's guide to Frisell's discography as leader. Half a dozen other albums could easily have made the list, but these selections attempt primarily to highlight the range of ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer

Read "Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The following is a revised excerpt from “Chapter 20: Frislandia" of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer by Philip Watson (Faber & Faber, 2022). Bill Frisell's music has always, right from the beginning, raised critical questions about definition and classification, about the very nature of genre. What is it that Frisell is playing, and how ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, PUNKT.VRT.PLASTIK, Cecile McLorin Salvant and, well, much more

Read "Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, PUNKT.VRT.PLASTIK, Cecile McLorin Salvant and, well, much more" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a smokin' Shirley Scott side plus a tribute to McCoy Tyner. We'll spin tracks from modern jazz luminaries Ambrose Akinmusire, Kris Davis and Gerald Cleaver who are touring as Treefoil. Then, we'll hear arrangers Neal Hefti, Ralph Berns and Dizzy Gillespie in action, and finally new works from Cecile McLorin Salvant, Melissa Aldana, Punkt. ...


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