Born on the Cusp of Drama - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro

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In astrology, October 18 zodiac people are on the Libra-Scorpio cusp, referred to as the Cusp of Drama. Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Troup and Laura Nyro share that birthday, which would certainly make for a dramatic dinner party. Besides shoutouts to this dynamic trio, vocalist Lee Wiley and pianist Thelonious Monk are celebrated as well. The broadcast features an Autumn bounty of new releases: from vocalist Jackie Myers, pianists Rina, Angelica Sanchez & Ella Fitzgerald to singles from Dave Koz, The Royal Bopsters and Fred Hersch. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown.


  • Dave Koz "Side by Side" from Single (A New Day) (Just Koz Entertainment) 00:00
  • Jackie Myers "I Get High" from Clementine (Self released) 03:56
  • Esperanza Spalding "I Can't Help It" from Radio Music Society (Heads Up) 09:22
  • Host speaks 14:00
  • Jen Hodge All Stars "Flee as a Bird/Dead Man Blues" from Girl in the Groove (Self released) 15:24
  • Lee Wiley "Any Time, Any Day, Any Where" from Lee Wiley: Any Time, Any Day, Any Where (Retrospective) 20:41
  • Host speaks 23:06
  • Thelonious Monk "Ruby My Dear" from Palo Alto (Impulse! Records) 24:22
  • Carmen McRae "Get It Straight" from Carmen Sings Monk (RCA Records) 31:00
  • Ella Fitzgerald "Good Morning Heartache" from The Lost Berlin Tapes (Verve) 34:51
  • Host speaks 39:42
  • Sharel Cassity "Surrender" from Fearless (Relsha Works) 41:04
  • The Royal Bopsters "Cuando Te Vea (When I See You)" from Single (Party of Four) (Motema) 46:40
  • Host speaks 51:45
  • Tomoko Omura "Konomichi" from Branches Vol. 1 (Outside In) 53:12
  • Fred Hersch "All I Want" from Single (Songs From Home) (Palmetto) 1:00:00
  • Lili Añel "Number One" from Better Days (Winding Way Records) 1:07:11
  • Host speaks 1:11:35
  • Rina "J.J.'s Painting" from RINA (Yamaha Music Entertainment Holdings) 1:12:35
  • Nancy Marano "Meaning of the Blues" from You're Nearer (Munich Records) 1:16:17
  • Nubya Garcia "La Cumbia Me Esta Llmando" from Source (Concord) 1:21:34
  • Host speaks 1:25:47
  • Emily Asher's Garden Party "Iglisia" from If I Were a Window (Self released) 1:26:44
  • Carol Welsman "Island Lullaby" from Dance with Me (Self released) 1:30:27
  • Simone Kopmajer "A Tinge of Yellow" from My Wonderland (Lucky Mojo Records) 1:34:00
  • Host speaks 1:38:22
  • Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell "Windfall Light" from How to Turn the Moon (Pyroclastic Records) 1:39:10
  • Laura Nyro "Blackpatch" from Christmas and the Beads of Sweat (Sony Records International) 1:44:04
  • Billy Childs (feat. Shawn Colvin, Chris Botti) "Save the Country" from Map to the Treasure-Reimagining Laura Nyro (Sony Masterworks) 1:47:33
  • Host speaks 1:55:01
  • Vivien Garry Quintet "A Woman's Place Is in the Groove" from A Woman's Place Is in the Groove (PNR) 1:57:09

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