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Return Of The Sound Warriors

For the past few years, saxophonist, composer and band leader, Bobby Zankel and his Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, have been busy presenting cutting-edge music to enthusiastic crowds in various locations around the city. This year, Zankel returns with four concerts of big band music centered around his 13 piece ensemble, The Warriors of the   Read More....

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WOWS New Season 2015-16

“Music is an idea, not a style!” - Ornette Coleman   This Fall, the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound return their midweek concert series at the Painted Bride Art Center, that began in the spring of 2015 and featured their amazing big band “Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound with guest soloists Dave   Read More....

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Big Wonderful Sound

This music is a big tree with many branches - Bobby Zankel About this time last year, we were all still spinning from the impact of saxophonist, Bobby Zankel & the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound led Still The New Thing Festival This cutting edge music festival was a 1,2 3 punch affair with three sold-out shows at the Painted Bride Art Center   Read More....

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Celebrating Ornette

A friend once told me a Jazz joke. It goes: John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins decided to see a wise, holy man to ask him for the secrets of saxophone perfection. To get to him they had to travel many miles by plane and train and then, hike up a snow covered mountain. When they finally reached the summit. They found a small man sitting there   Read More....

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Still The New Thing!

  In the 1950s, a group of musicians diverged from the pack and set the worked on fire. Their approaches openly challenged the prevailing process and caused tensions within the American musical community. Some championed them and their efforts. Others vehemently opposed them and others, even brought their opinions to the point of   Read More....

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The stuff McCoy Tyner did was earth-shattering for me. The modal thing, the way he voiced chords in fourths, the way he used the pentatonic scale -- all those things were very new.
Kenny Barron

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