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Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Bistro Awards, Birthday Shoutouts To Bessie Smith & More

Read "New Releases, Bistro Awards, Birthday Shoutouts To Bessie Smith & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Allegra Levy, Champian Fulton and John Pizzarelli, with singles from Nicky Schrire and Nicole Zuraitis, plus birthday shoutouts to Empress of the Blues Bessie Smith, Haruna Fukazawa, Nancy Winston, Michele Brourman and Herbie Hancock, among others with a salute to some of this year's Bistro Award winners. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and online. Purchase their music so they can continue to distract, comfort, provoke ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Birthday Celebrations for Bessie Smith and Herbie Hancock Plus New Releases From Rosalyn McClore and Yulia Musayelyan

Read "Birthday Celebrations for Bessie Smith and Herbie Hancock Plus New Releases From Rosalyn McClore and Yulia Musayelyan" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from vocalist Rosalyn McClore and flutist Yulia Musayelyan with birthday shoutouts to Bessie Smith, Wendy Kirkland, Tia Fuller, Judy Wexler, Vanessa Perica, Herbie Hancock, Haruna Fukazawa, Pete Malinverni and Michelle Lordi, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown.Playlist Wendy Kirkland “Haven't We Met" from The Music's On Me (Blue Quaver Records) 00:00 3D Jazz Trio “Besame Mucho" from I ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Celebrating Bessie Smith

Read "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Celebrating Bessie Smith" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Halfway through April, which is also Jazz Appreciation Month, the broadcast includes new releases from vocalist Nanette Frank, composer Wayne Alpern, trumpeter Johnny Summers and pianist Monika Herzig, with birthday shoutouts to the Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith, pianist Herbie Hancock, plus vocalists Marilyn Maye and Dusty Springfield. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music. Playlist Lisa Hilton “Rush Hour Rhapsody" from Chalkboard Destiny (Ruby Slippers) 00:00 Nanette Frank “How ...

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Radio & Podcasts

The Empress of the Blues

Read "The Empress of the Blues" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast opens with a celebration of the music of Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, in honor of her birthday, with new releases from saxophonist Melissa Aldana, vocalists Emma Larsson, Marc Jordan, Joanna Wallfisch and Claire Martin, plus more birthday shout outs to Dusty Springfield and Carline Ray (member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm and mother of Catherine Russell). Playlist Jen Hodge “Chocolate Magic Mushrooms" from All's Fair in Love and Jazz (Self released) 00:00 ...

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Book Review

The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff

Read "The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff 420 Pages ISBN: # 978-1496810021 University Press of Mississippi 2017 In the late 1970s, I began a more academic approach to blues music. In addition to listening to the music, I began reading everything I could find. One of the first books I read was Robert Palmer's sweeping narrative, Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History ...

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Book Review

Bill Dahl's The Art of the Blues: A Visual Treasury of Black Music’s Golden Age

Read "Bill Dahl's The Art of the Blues:  A Visual Treasury of Black Music’s Golden Age" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The Art of the Blues: A Visual Treasury of Black Music's Golden Age Bill Dahl 224 Pages ISBN: # 978-02263966992 University Of Chicago Press 2016 A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring... There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. --Alexander Pope Except when it doesn't, and we believe we know all; ...

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Book Review

Writer Chris Albertson Revives Bessie Smith Again

Read "Writer Chris Albertson Revives Bessie Smith Again" reviewed by Daniel Kassell


BessieChris Albertson Yale University Press 336 pages 45 illustrations ISBN: 0300099029

Reprising his 1972 biography Bessie, Jazz Journalist and long time contributor to Stereo review Chris Albertson has added to the lore of the blues.

Historically and culturally the first successful woman entertainer in the United States Bessie Smith has been referred to as the “greatest , “highest paid and “The Empress of the Blues but by detractors ...


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