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Take Five with Tamara Usatova

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About Tamara Usatova: Tamara Usatova is a Russian Soul/Pop singer and songwriter based in New York. Tamara was always inspired by classic American soul, pop and jazz and the blend of these styles lies at the core of her original music. Tamara's Russian background still shines -not through the accent, which disappears completely when she sings, but through the melodic richness and passionate musical expression. She began her career back in Russia at age 15, first as the singer ...

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Lizz Wright: Freedom & Surrender

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Few musicians, that have been commercially successful and artistically praised, have, at the height of their popularity, decided to take a hiatus to discover themselves. Renowned expressive vocalist Lizz Wright, did just that, and guided by a warrior spirit, propelled her music into a renewed direction on Freedom and Surrender. After a string of acclaimed records for the Verve label, and a number of guest side projects, Wright signed with Concord Music Group, savoring the opportunity to create music on ...

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Sharon Robinson: My Journey as an Artist Continues

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The seven years since singer and producer Sharon Robinson's debut album Everybody Knows have been transformative for her. She toured the world several times as part of the Leonard Cohen's band, for what is considered to be one of the most impressive comebacks in music history. The result to that are several live recordings, the last of which are Live in Dublin and Can't Forget that serve as a testament to the many great nights when the band played to ...

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Take Five with Althea Rene

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Meet Althea Rene: She was born December 25th in jny: Detroit, Michigan and began her musical journey at the tender age four. She studied classical music while attending Howard University in Washington D.C. and later gained further musical inspiration from the accomplishments of Yusef Lateef, Ian Anderson, and her father, one of Motown's original Funk Brothers, Dezie McCullers. Althea has since developed her own creative style. For more than ten years she was employed as a Wayne County Deputy ...

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Ray Charles: Genius Love Company – 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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"The way these days just rip along, too fast to last, too vast, too strong..." --Jackson Browne The final recording of Ray Charles, Genius Loves Company, enjoys its tenth anniversary. It is striking to consider that it has been over ten years since the death of Ray Charles, one of the most imposing figures in American music. The music made in the second half of the twentieth century has had a remarkable staying power owing partially to ...

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Somi: The Lagos Music Salon

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To most people, the junction of New York and Lagos, Nigeria may not seem like a natural place for an album to take shape. Somi, thankfully, thought otherwise. This worldly and well-traveled vocalist makes it seem like the most natural of meeting points on The Lagos Music Salon. Somi's music has always been informed by African, R&B and soul influences, but an eighteen month stay in Lagos helped her dig deeper into the African cultural soil than ...

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Eliot Lewis

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At an early age Eliot Lewis was determined to make music his life's work, and in the ensuing years he has been living the dream. As you'll hear in the interview, even as an adolescent he had some extraordinary musical encounters which, if submitted as a screenplay, would probably be rejected as unbelievable. After finishing school his demos caught the attention of an highly successful producer who enlisted him for studio work and took him under his wing. ...

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Carleen Anderson: At Home in London

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One of the most powerful vocalists today is Carleen Anderson, the “2013 Jazz FM UK Vocalist of the Year." Amy Winehouse once said, “For live performances, you absolutely have to see Carleen Anderson at least three times in your life!" Amy confessed while sitting in on one of Ms. Anderson's soundchecks; Carleen sang “Don't Look Back In Anger," it brought her to tears (Amy Winehouse: One Shining Night, 2006). Born in jny: Houston, Texas on May 10, 1957, ...


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