I Sing Just to Know I'm Alive - Happy Birthday to Nina Simone

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This week we focus on new releases from pianist Jen Allen, vocalists Rosemary Loar, Simone Kopmajer, Casey Abrams and Ian Shaw, plus birthday shout outs to Nina Simone in the first hour (who also has a new single out), flutists Nicole Mitchell and Mayu Saeki, vocalists Nancy Wilson, Anne Phillips, Kellye Gray and Shirley Crabbe, violinist Sara Caswell and saxophonist Jessica Jones.


  • Jessica Jones "For the Cats on the Continent" from Continuum (Reva Records) 00:00
  • Casey Abrams "I Don't Need No Doctor" from Uncovered (Chesky) 03:40
  • Robin McKelle "Mercedes Benz" from Alterations (Doxie) 07:42
  • Host speaks 10:57
  • Jane Bunnett & Maqueque "Sky High" from On Firm Ground/Tierra Firme (Linus Entertainment) 13:18
  • Nina Simone "Mississippi Goddam" from Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Polygram) 17:36
  • Nina Simone "I Sing Just to Know I'm Alive" from Fodder on My Wings (single) (Verve/UMe) 22:25
  • Host speaks 24:47
  • Russell Malone "There'll Be Another Spring" from Time for the Dancers (HighNote) 30:30
  • Shirley Crabbe "The Bridge" from Bridges (Maisong Music) 35:30
  • Host speaks 39:34
  • Simone Baron& Arco Belo "Who Cares" from The Space Between Disguises (Self released) 44:28
  • Rosemary Loar "Harmless Little Sin" from Parts & Places (Atlor Music) 46:44
  • Host speaks 50:30
  • Sarah Elgeti "Changing Whispers" from Dawn Comes Quietly (Gateway) 53:46
  • Mary Lou Williams "Pisces" from Zodiac Suite (Smithsonian Folkways) 59:20
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant "I've Got Your Number" from The Window (Mack Avenue) 1:01:52
  • Host speaks 1:06:49
  • Nicole Mitchell "Today, Today" from Aquarius (Delmark) 1:10:45
  • Anne Phillips "After All These Years" from Live at the Jazz Bakery (Self released) 1:18:47
  • Host speaks 1:23:32
  • Audrey Ochoa "My Reward" from Frankenhorn (Chronograph Records/Fontana North) 1:27:14
  • Host speaks 1:33:45
  • Tamuz Nissim "Make It Last" from Capturing Clouds (Streetofstars) 1:38:53
  • Ian Shaw, Iain Ballamy & Jamie Safir "Some Other Time" from What's New (Silent Wish Records) 1:43:48
  • Host speaks 1:48:41
  • Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Andy Sheppard "Life Goes On: And Then One Day" from Life Goes On (ECM) 1:50:43
  • Jen Allen "Blanket Statement" from Sifting Grace (Outside In Music) 1:59:37
  • Kellye Gray "God You Make Me Wonder" from Rendering (Grr8 Records) 2:05:24
  • Host speaks 2:11:41
  • Nancy Wilson "River Shallow" from Lush Life (Capitol) 2:15:07
  • Carmen Sandim "Play Doh" from Play-Doh (Ropedope) 2:18:32
  • Host speaks 2:25:41
  • Kayle Brecher "An Elegant Tale" from Kayleidoscope (Penchant Four Records) 2:29:17
  • Pete Malinverni "Wade In the Water" from Heaven (Saranac Records) 2:33:15
  • Host speaks 2:38:33
  • Chanda Rule+Sweet Emma Band "Sun Goes Down" from Hold On (PAO/Blujazz) 2:42:02
  • Caswell Sisters "Stroll" from Alive in the Singing Air (Turtle Ride Records) 2:46:21
  • Host speaks 2:52:45
  • Elsa Nilsson "Changed in Mid Air" from Hindsight (Self released) 2:55:00
  • Miho Hazama "Dancer in Nowhere" from Dancer in Nowhere (Sunnyside) 3:00:02
  • Jazzmeia Horn "Out the Window" from Love nd Liberation (Concord) 3:08:36
  • Host speaks 3:12:03
  • Lisa Hilton "Blue Boy" from Chalkboard Destiny (Ruby Slippers) 3:17:01
  • Joni Mitchell "Edith and the Kingpin" from Shadows and Light (Asylum) 3:21:30
  • Host speaks 3:25:42
  • Lynne Arriale "The Whole Truth" from Chimes of Freedom (Challenge) 3:29:15
  • Simone Kopmajer "Rolling In the Deep" from My Favorite Songs (Lucky Mojo) 3:34:26
  • Host speaks 3:38:52
  • Jane Monheit "I Was Doing All Right/Know You Now" from The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald (Emerald City Records) 3:44:07
  • Host speaks 3:52:01
  • Mayu Saeki "Do you know...?" from Hope (Brooklyn Jazz Underground) 3:52:59

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