“Meeting of Minds” by Bob Mintzer Big Band and New York Voices sparkles with classic verve

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New from Bob Mintzer Big Band and New York Voices is “Meeting of Minds.” The collaboration is forthcoming June 22. The recording is a celebration of the classic big band era, from the 1930s 1940s. “Meeting of Minds” also marks the first time Bob Mintzer Big Band and New York Voices have performed together.

The songs have been specially arranged to make them a bit more modern. The new arrangements play up the reasons why the songs have stood the test of time.

The two groups’ leaders have spoken enthusiastically about working with each other. “Working with New York Voices on this project has been a total joy, “Mintzer said.

Damon Meader of New York Voices noted, “Working with Bob and his band was definitely a `bucket list`’ opportunity. We have all been big fans of [Bob’s] writing and playing for years; so to jump into this collaboration was a thrill.”

There is a reason for the enthusiasm. For jazz fans, the classic works that the collaboration gives life to are must-listens. With 10 classic tracks, “Meeting of Minds” includes works by Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter,  Jerome Kern and others. The recording even includes an original piece by Mintzer, “Weird Blues.” Mintzer also plays saxophone on the track.

Each of the exciting songs takes listeners to another era. A time that some argue is the golden age of jazz.  The tracks excite with verve and class and fun.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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