Press for Panorama

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Ben Schenck“Like the best of their predecessors, Panorama places themselves and their music in service to the people they are playing for and, somehow, they keep it on their own terms.” — Rob Rushin The Bitter Southerner

“A rock ‘n’ roll aggressiveness in the attack and a modern-jazz freedom in the solos” — Geoffrey Himes Paste Magazine

“From Eastern Europe to New Orleans, the panoramic view of the soundscape is pungently condensed to a hip and worldly mix where a freylekh meets a second-line, klezmer and more meets traditional jazz and then some. Live and acoustic, the Panorama Jazz Band is a rare sonic pleasure in the street or at a club…. They always “Come Out Swingin’.” —Nick Spitzer Host American Routes from PRI

“Panorama’s acoustic sound, produced solely by wind and muscle, insists on a physical response… This is New Orleans – meaning America – at its most panoramic. A land where a waltz fades into brass band jazz, where a Gypsy chochek bumps up against a Creole Mazurka.” — Michael Tisserand
Michael Tisserand’s books include “Krazy,” “The Kingdom of Zydeco” and “Sugarcane Academy”

“There is a delightful unity in the Panorama’s unique sound which finds and successfully blends elements common to all the musics they perform.”– Dr. Michael White Clarinetist / Band Leader / Educator /Jazz Historian New Orleans, LA

“(The) most eclectic and least stodgy of the so-called “trad” jazz groups currently active in town. (Their) approach vividly illustrates that fun and intelligence are not mutually exclusive states of mind.”Rob Cambre Where Y’at Magazine

The Village Voice, Mar 21, 2023: Music of the Pelican State Rises Up From Somewhere Deep by Rafael Alvarez
The Bitter Southerner, Feb 9, 2016: Kosher Gumbo by Rob Rushin
Offbeat Magazine, Nov 25, 2015: Rejoice! 20 Years of the Panorama Jazz Band By John Swenson
Offbeat Magazine, May 6, 2015: CD Review – Good Music For You by John Swenson, May 22, 2013: CD Review – Dance of the Hot Earth by Alison Fensterstock
Offbeat Magazine, May 1, 2013: CD Review – Dance of the Hot Earth by Zach Young, July 2012: Panorama Jazz Band – The Evolution of a Great Sound, Mar 3, 2011: CD Review – Panorama Brass Band 17 Days by Keith Spera
Offbeat Magazine, Apr 1, 2010: Ben Schenck – Undressing a C-Sharp Major by Zach Young
Offbeat Magazine, Sep 1, 2009: CD Review – Come Out Swingin’ by Jan Ramsey, Jun 26, 2009: CD Review – Come Out Swingin’ by Alison Fensterstock, May 3, 2009: Panorama Founder Ben Schenck on His Influences and the Jazz Fest Experience by Chris Rose
Klezmer Shack, Jan 20, 2006: CD Review – Panoramaland by Ari Davidow
Klezmer Shack, 2003: CD Review – Another Hot Night in February by Ari Davidow