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Review: Empire Jazz concert bright, nicely mixed

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Seven — count ’em — seven trumpets blazed away on Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca” as the Empire Jazz Orchestra played an encore to its spring concert at Schenectady County Community College on Tuesday night. Featuring visiting trumpeter Claudio Roditi, the orchestra varied its usual format by having the guest artist appear during the first half of the concert. Roditi’s first piece was his own “Slammin’,” a bright Latin composition that found him soloing with a bright, ...


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