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EDITORIAL FROM RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, April 24, 2013:

Music First

The Super Bowl halftime show takes American vulgarity to its apotheosis. Other examples abound. The ability to sing or to play an instrument no longer amounts to much. So-called artists put on elaborate shows that rely on gadgets, gizmos, sophisticated electronics and wardrobe malfunctions as much as they rely on tradition and individual talent.

There are better ways. Jazz is one of them. The Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra reminds us cultural outliers of what the late poet Philip Larkin called the "excitement of jazz" and the possibilities the genre represents. The ensemble does not need "special effects" to make music...special.

It performs in verious venues throughout the region. Its members excel as soloists and as participants in a collaborative endeavor. They have embarked on a mission in a mission to make music matter--and they succeed. Highlights of the orchestra's new CD, "James River Jazz," include "Shiny Stockings" (with Jonathan Greenberg's trumpet solo), "Love Walked In," "Be Bop Charlie" (with Charlie Kilpatrick on piano and Al Regni on tenor sax) and "All or Nothing at All." Susan Greenbaum, the region's most beloved torch singer and chanteuse, brings down the house with "Deedles' Blues."

The Department of Music at VCU also nurtures the genre. The generosity of philanthropist and jazz-lover W.E. Singleton has elevated the program to the top shelf. ... The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers jazz nights. All this tempt us to dust off a clarinet unused for lo these many years.

Even when jazz musicians play the blues or probe indigo moods, they give great gladness. Watch for the Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra and enjoy it in person at local gigs (such as the Richmond Jazz Festival). Or put the CD in the player, dim the lights and enter the wee small hours, which occur whenever music comes first.



FROM DOUG RICHARDS,FORMER DIRECTOR OF JAZZ STUDIES AT VCU, ON OUR CD, "JAMES RIVER JAZZ:"

"Finally had the chance to listen to your CD. You should feel incredibly proud, my friend! Wonderful programing, band's incredibly tight, outstanding soloing (esp. Mr. Greenberg), lead playing, and section playing. Bravissimo!"

ABOUT

CALENDAR

MUSIC

01 - Speak Low

03 - Carroll's Bossa

04 - Mean To Me

05 - Day In, Day Out

07 - In the Still of the Night

08 - Emily

O Holy Night

PHOTOS

Contact

To contact us:
Phone: 804-747-3408 9 AM—9 PM, please.
Fax: 804-965-0276
E-mail: band@cvjazz.com