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Claus Ogerman (1930-2016)

Claus Ogerman, an achingly beautiful jazz-pop orchestral arranger whose signature sound behind singers and instrumentalists featured violins scored in a high register with the violas, cellos and bass playing sensually voiced chords below, died in Germany on March 8. He...       Related Stories Pete Jolly and A&M Oliver Nelson: Fantabulous Jazz Legends, in Their Words  
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Music / Classical : Slipped Disc

The instruments were taken from a parked car in Kew, east Melbourne, on Sunday morning. They include a 1960 Leandro Bisiach viola, a 1913 Romeo Antoniazzi Cremonese Series A Cre and a French Claude LeBlanc viola dated 1840. If you s...

More Thanksgiving Music

Music / Classical : Musical Assumptions

Here's one more Thanksgiving arrangement that can be played with violin and viola or any combination of treble and bass instruments. You can download a PDF to print here. I wish a wonderful day of Thanksgiving to everyone who visits...

Lang Lang misses out on Echo awards

Music / Classical : Slipped Disc

The complete awards, presented last night: Female singer of the year: Anna Netrebko Male singer of the year: Philippe Jaroussky Instrumentalist (clarinet): Martin Fröst Instrumentalist (cello): Sol Gabetta Instrumentalist (piano): G...

Ben Williams: The Effect of Sound

Music / Jazz : All About Jazz

It's continuously perplexing that Ben Williams did not set out on playing the bass first. Forced to pick the most attractive string instrument amongst the cellos and violins, the 7th grade aspiring guitarist ended up picking the ins...

Oliver Nelson: Fantabulous

Music / Jazz : JazzWax

Oliver Nelson occupies an interesting space among jazz composers and arrangers in the 1960s. While not as well known as Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin or Claus Ogerman, Nelson is a favorite among those familiar with his music. Unlike m...

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