Celebrating Jazz Geminis Valaida Snow and Memphis Minnie Among Others

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The first hour celebrates the birthdays of Valaida Snow, known as "Little Louis" and "Queen of the Trumpet," a nickname given to her by W.C. Handy — a virtuoso jazz entertainer who became an internationally celebrated talent. Also in the spotlight is Memphis Minnie, a blues guitarist, and songwriter married to Joe McCoy and later Ernest Lawlars, whose recording career lasted for over three decades . Other birthday shoutouts include vocalists Dakota Staton and Ian Shaw, saxophonist Jordan Pettay, pianist Lenore Raphael and flutist Jamie Baum, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music.


  • Wayne Alpern "Ode to Billy Joe" from Standard Deviation (Henri Elkan Music) 00:00
  • Carla Cook "Ode to Billy Joe" from Dem Bones (MaxJazz) 06:18
  • Host speaks 10:46
  • Bria Skonberg "Down In the Deep" from Bria (Sony Masterworks) 12:11
  • Valaida Snow "High Hat Trumpet and Rhythm" from Swing Is The Thing (Upbeat) 18:52
  • Valaida Snow "I Want A Lot of Love" from Valaida Snow (Doxy Collection) (Doxy) 21:55
  • Host speaks 25:14
  • Nora Germain "Nora's Blues" from Compilation (Self released) 26:17
  • Dakota Staton "Blues for Tasty" from Congratulations to Someone (LRC Records) 30:18
  • Maria Muldaur "I'm Sailin'" from First Came Memphis Minnie (Stony Plain) 34:22
  • Nina Simone "Chauffeur" from Let It All Out (Verve) 38:04
  • Host speaks 40:51
  • Alchemy Sound Project "Kesii" from Afrika Love (Artist Recording Collective) 41:45
  • Ian Shaw "I Don't Know Enough About You" from Shine Sister Shine (Jazz Village) 49:17
  • Host speaks 53:01
  • Out to Dinner "Rebecca's Dance" from Play On (Posi-Tone) 54:12
  • Jordan Pettay "You Make Me Feel Brand New" from First Fruit (Self Released) 1:00:00
  • Paul Jost "I Don't Need No Doctor" from Breaking Through (Dot Time) 1:04:49
  • Nnenna Freelon "Marvin Medley: If This World Were Mine/Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing/Ain't No Mountain High Enough" from Time Traveler (Origin) 1:10:33
  • Host speaks 1:16:34
  • Boogaloo Joe Jones "I Feel The Earth Move" from Jazz Dispensary: The Dank D Funk Band (Craft Records) 1:18:13
  • Dara Tucker "You've Got a Friend" from Dreams of Waking-Music For a Better World (Green Hill) 1:24:20
  • Host speaks 1:30:27
  • Lenore Raphael/Doug MacDonald "Are You Ever Gonna Agree With Me" from Reunion (Self Released) 1:31:15
  • Jonathan Karrant & Joshua White "I Try" from Shadows Fall (Self Released) 1:36:56
  • Host speaks 1:42:15
  • Jamie Baum "There Are No Words" from Bridges (Sunnyside) 1:42:57
  • Brianna Thomas "How Much Forgiveness" from Everybody Knows (Breathline) 1:48:50
  • Host speaks 1:55:20
  • 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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