Live at Little E's - Pittsburgh, PA            (photo courtesy of Red Knot Photo Design)

I am very happy to announce my debut release as leader on Beezwax Records!

 

For additional information, to hear samples and for ordering information, please click below

 

http://beezwaxrecords.com/jeffbush.html

 

 

Reviews of "Ain't So Bad To Swing"

 

From the opening notes we felt the jovial tone and swinging groove on "It's Been a Long Time". Jeff Bush (tb) leads a sextet with Scott Robinson (cl, sax), John Colianni (p), James Chirillo (g), Matt Hughes (b) and Kevin Dorn  (d). We liked the dynamics of the recording that made the music come alive in our studio with great depth on the soundstage. This is not a big band yet the sound is full and musical engaging the listener through ten popular standards and Jeff's title track. Colianni tickles the ivory on "Jazz Me Blues" followed by Bush bathing us in the melody on "Emaline". We also enjoyed "Up A Lazy River" and "Seven Come Eleven". No, It Ain't So Bad To Swing at all!  

O's Place Jazz Magazine

 

A versatile jazz, session, and Broadway pit player, trombonist Jeff Bush makes a terrific recording debut with this tuneful, easy-going release. Backed an accomplished group of swing-oriented players, Bush invokes fond memories of Jack Teagarden and Vic Dickenson, but remains grounded firmly in the present.   

Bob Bernotas, host of "Just Jazz" 91.9 WNTI & wnti.org

 

Given his varied connections, you may be surprised and delighted that he follows the friendly flow of mainstream sounds. He has a mellow tone with touches of Jack Teagarden, Vic Dickenson and Bill Harris, and lopes and jumps with fun-damental joy keeping the sextet's variations concise and lighthearted. You'll recognize most of the 11 songs in his CD ain't so bad to swing; he arranged them and makes no bones about choosing them. Pianist John Colianni remains fluid and colorful, sometimes providing stride and ragtime sounds. Scott Robinson, also from the Toshiko-Tabackin band, smartly sits in twice—once on clarinet, once on C-melody sax. And British bassist Matt Hughes takes a few solid solos of his own.
Bush, now in his mid-30s, is fond of long-enduring sounds and knows how to swing with taste.

Gordon Spencer - Pittsburgh Magazine

 

This CD was recorded in 2008 in New York, mastered in 2009 in Pennsylvania, and lovingly "Hand Assembled" for Jeff Bush by someone unacknowledged under the special Serial No. 056115. Such is the difficulty of getting great jazz recordings out to the public domain in these times of global recession.
And great jazz it is, indeed, with a sextet of some of the USA's finest musos playing some of the best tunes ever written. Think of composers and lyricists such as Sammy Kahn, Julie Styne, Charles Chaplin, Hoagy Carmichael, Sidney Arodin, Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian and one by Jeff Bush himself. Then conjure up what you'd like to hear done to add freshness to tunes such as Jazz Me Blues, Japanese Sandman, Rose of Washington Square, Someday Sweetheart and Seven Come Eleven. When you've thought about that, take the sheer brilliance of the arrangements played just as you'd expect by these superlative musicians who can solo like jazz was just invented, and there's only one other thing to do. Buy one from http://beezwaxrecords.com/jeffbush.html or check out Jeff's website at www.jeffbushmusic.com

Ron Spain - Jazz Scene, Australia 

 

 

It’s always refreshing to be reminded of the terpsichorean origins of jazz. There was a time when after the bandleader counted off “one-two, a-one-two-three-four”, everyone knew it was time to dance and time to swing.

Trombonist and vocalist Jeff Bush and his top-notch bandmates go back to the golden age of swing on this excellent outing, calling to mind the good old days of fancy dance steps like the Charleston, the Lindy Hop and the Carolina Shag. He has drunk deeply at the fount shared by the great swing ‘bone players, notably Jack Teagarden, JC Higginbotham, Laurence Brown and Benny Morton.

From the opening number, Cahn and Styne’s Its been a Long, Long, Time, to the Cab Calloway-popularised Emaline, and notable chestnuts such as Benny Goodman’s Seven Come Eleven and Rose of Washington Square, listeners are in for a good old ‘retro’ treat.

A feel-good vibe is keenly felt throughout. Multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson performs on clarinet and C melody saxophone, guitarist James Chirillo plays tender strains on Someday Sweetheart, while Matt Hughes and Kevin Dorn keep the rhythmic engine purring at optimum on bass and drums respectively. Pianist John Colianni comps with authority on the title track, a bluesy Bush original.

Bush, from Apollo, Pennsylvania, is an adjunct music instructor at Virginia Wesleyan College. He has played trombone in a wide variety of genres – as part of the Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Vanguard Jazz Orchestras, with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and as part of the Temptations.
  John Stevenson - eJazzNews.com