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Jazz Ensembles

by John Shapley

Original jazz compositions, standards, straight-ahead traditional jazz including swing, bebop, hard-bop, to modern styles played by burning jazz ensembles from quartet to octet.
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Suite for Art Blakey
26:20 $0.99
2. Chelsea Bridge
4:48 $0.99
3. Hangin' Together
6:01 $0.99
4. The Night Has 1,000 Eyes
6:52 $0.99
5. Dance Cadaverous
6:19 $0.99
6. Wisdom
7:37 $0.99
7. I Should Care
3:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
John Shapley's talents include mastery of all the Saxophones, Flute, and Clarinet. A graduate of the Florida State University School of Music and the Eastman School of Music, John Shapley's musical ensembles have entertained audiences at jazz clubs and music festivals throughout the United States. He has appeared at several notable South Florida jazz venues including the Hollywood Jazz Festival, O'Hara's Jazz Club, the Jazz Showcase, the Miami Center for the Fine Arts, and Art Deco Festival Miami. As a soloist he has appeared with Keely Smith, Bobby Rydell, the Temptations, the Four Tops, and many others.

He currently leads his own musical groups at festivals and private affairs in the south Florida area, while the John Shapley Octet is active performing a Tribute to Duke Ellington for audiences of all ages including elementary school children.



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Mr. & Mrs. Scott Lilly

Another Great CD from John Shapley
Again, we were pleasantly impressed with this music. Our enjoyment from these ensembles has been tremendous. This CD is great to share with your family and friends. Enjoy it as we have.

Keep the music coming...

Mitch Zippay

What a listening treasure!
This CD flows so well I can listen to it for hours! From romantic ballads to swinging dance, John Shapley and his Jazz Ensemble do a dazzling performance!
Whether you're looking for upbeat, classical, or sexy, jazz, this CD has it all!


Great addition to any collection
Lively and pleasant. I enjoyed it all. Great full sound, high quality recording, wonderfull selection of instruments.

Bob Pondolfino sr.

This is the one to listen to when you can't decide what else to listen to.
I listen to this over and over yet never tire of these refreshing sounds.Such great classic jazz sounds that you can't hear anymore.Quality without being overwhelming.Thank you John Shapley.Pure style

Sandy Yen


Annie Goldstein-Rafuls

fresh, crisp, alive, yet sincere to the "Masters"!
Shapley does a tremendous job of presenting vibrant, sharp,new, and alive sounds, while remaining true to the Masters.....he reminds us of how this great music touches the spirit, soul, brain, and entire psyche! Coltrane, Dizzy, and Duke would even stand up and clap!!!!

Music Hatchery

This CD has been on my CD exchanger for a year!
John Shapley: Jazz Ensembles is a monster showcase for a monster talent. Shapley has rounded up a stellar ensemble of Miami jazz performers (piano, bass, drums, brass) and has let them shine, while he himself doubles, triples and sometimes quadruples on all saxes, flute and bass clarinet. Chelsea Bridge is not to be missed for the sexist ballad ever blown through a tenor. 1,000 Eyes is a funky Latin groove that will make you get up and samba even if you don't know how. Dance Cadaverous has gorgeous linear keys, and Shapley creates the sound of a huge ensemble with his clever versatility on almost all woodwinds. Hangin' Together couples trumpet and sax in an engaging duet. The Suite for Art Blakey (Shapley's original) sets the house on fire with blazing runs and dazzling changes. This CD has been on my CD exchanger for a year! 5 stars for Mr. Shapley.