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Radio & Podcasts

Spring Releases From Jordan VanHemert, Andrea Wolper, Sarah Jerrom, Idit Shner, Melissa Aldana, Fay Victor, Birthday Shoutouts & More

Read "Spring Releases From Jordan VanHemert, Andrea Wolper, Sarah Jerrom, Idit Shner, Melissa Aldana, Fay Victor, Birthday Shoutouts & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Midway through Jazz Appreciation Month, this broadcast continues the celebration with new releases from from Jordan VanHemert, Andrea Wolper, Sarah Jerrom, Idit Shner & Mhondoro, Melissa Aldana and Fay Victor, with birthday shoutouts to Marilyn Maye, Barbara Lea, Carmen McRae, Haruna Fukazawa, Michele Brourman and Rosa Passos, among others. 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 and inspire.Playlist ...

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First Time I Saw

Carmen McRae

Read "Carmen McRae" reviewed by Carol Sloane


It was in the early 1960's. I had by that time lived in New York's Greenwich Village for a couple of years, and went to hear Carmen McRae when she made an appearance at one of the holy shrines of jazz located in my neighborhood, a club with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and great Italian food. This was the Half Note, and, although it was one of the best places to nosh and listen to music, it did not provide ...

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Carmen McRae: At the Great American Music Hall

Read "Carmen McRae: At the Great American Music Hall" reviewed by Joseph Vella


From 1977, this live recording is one of the finest jazz vocal albums of all time. It captures Carmen McRae at her height performing a standout repertoire of standards and popular songs of the day in a small group setting (with special guest Dizzy Gillespie). Capturing Carmen's true brilliance as a jazz singer, her impeccable timing, dynamics, interpretative genius, and intimate lyrical storytelling is on full display here along with her magnetic rapport with the audience. Musicians of any genre ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Big April Birthdays & More

Read "Big April Birthdays & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


April birthdays this week on G&M with the Carmen McRae centennial, along with the 90th birthdays of Herbie Mann, pianist Frank Strazzeri (who toured in the 1970's with Elvis!), Claude Bolling and Richard Davis (the latter 2 still with us); as well as the 80th birthdays of George Adams and the very much alive Herbie Hancock! Of course, there's more: Charles Mingus, Rodney Kendrick, Willis Jackson, Jimmy Giuffre, Walt Dickerson, Joe Henderson, Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Jimmy McGriff ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Celebrating Carmen McRae's Centennial

Read "Celebrating Carmen McRae's Centennial" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast includes new releases from Duchess, Kandace Springs, Nina Simone and Carla Hassett with birthday shoutouts to Carmen McRae on her centennial, Alberta Hunter, (who was not only a superb performer but also a professional health care worker for more than 20 years), Billie Holiday, guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe and pianist Marian McPartland. Playlist Cynthia Sayer “Bango Tango" from Attractions: With Bucky Pizzarelli (Self released) 00:00 Alexis Cole & Bucky Pizzarelli “On the Sunny Side of the ...

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Radio & Podcasts

McRae, Bird @ 100, Newk & More

Read "McRae, Bird @ 100, Newk & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


This week we celebrate the centennial of singer Carmen McRae with three selections from her stupendous 1961 recording, Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man. We put on our 'professor's hat' and do a compare and contrast with primarily Billie Holiday on each tune and guest appearances from Dianne Reeves and Shirley Horn. Fascinating to hear how each singer uses rhythm and phrasing to put a unique stamp on these tunes. Oh, and also the first recording of “Them There Eyes" from ...

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Radio & Podcasts

A Musical Tribute To Caffeine

Read "A Musical Tribute To Caffeine" reviewed by H William Stine


Caffeine—voted the #3 most popular way to stay awake during my show—right after thinking of words that rhyme with “constellation" and reliving your latest root canal (I'll let you figure out the order). Two hours of songs about coffee and tea and the singers who enjoy them, plus, to sweeten the cup, I've tossed in several startling, incredible, and highly-caffeinated performances. Playlist Cody Owen Stine “Paris Mismatch (Theme Music)" from (Unreleased Master) (Self Produced) 00:00 Carmen McRae, ...


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