Music Is Forever - Farewell to Annie Ross

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In the first hour, a special tribute to Jazz Master Annie Ross (who sadly passed days before her 90th birthday), plus new releases from Mark Masters, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (a 1959 never released studio recording!), Jimmy Heath, Eva Cortés and Bettye LaVette, with birthday shoutouts to Margaret Whiting, JoAnne Brackeen, Lisa Maxwell, Rufus Wainwright, Janis Siegel, Nneena Freelon and Cynthia Scott. Thanks for listening and please continue to support all of these fine musicians, buy their recordings in this time of lockdown.


  • Akiko Tsuruga "Funky Girl" from Commencement (A/T Records) 00:00
  • Joanne Brackeen (feat. Kurt Elling) "What's Your Choice, Rolls Royce?" from Pink Elephant Magic (Arkadia Jazz) 05:06
  • Eva Cortés "Hills of Silver" from Todos las Voces (TRRC) 10:50
  • Host speaks 15:03
  • Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers "Close Your Eyes" from Just Coolin' (Blue Note) 16:29
  • Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra (feat. Gregory Porter) "Make Someone Happy" from I Shouldn't Be Telling You This (Decca (UMO)) 22:46
  • Margaret Whiting "Remind Me" from Margaret Whiting Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook (Verve) 27:26
  • Host speaks 30:16
  • Lisa Maxwell Jazz Orchestra "Ludie" from Shiny! (Uncle Marvin Music) 31:41
  • Annie Ross "Farmer's Market" from King Pleasure Sings/Annie Ross Sings (Fantasy) 35:41
  • Amy London, Holli Ross, Dylan Pramuk, Darmon Meader "Let's Fly" from The Royal Bopsters Project (Motema) 38:22
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross "Twisted" from The Hottest New Group in Jazz (Columbia/Legacy) 42:04
  • Host speaks 44:18
  • Jane Ira Bloom "Big Bill" from Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson (Outline) 45:41
  • Jeff Rupert with Veronica Swift "Pennies from Heaven" from Let's Sail Away (Rupe Media) 50:27
  • Host speaks 55:07
  • Mary Halvorson "With a Little Help from My Friends" from A Day in the Life: Impressions of Pepper (Verve) 56:40
  • Mark Masters "You're Free" from Night Talk—The Alec Wilder Songbook (Capri Records) 1:00:00
  • Nneena Freelon "Them There Eyes" from Blueprint of a Lady (Concord Jazz) 1:04:56
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant "Wild Is Love" from The Window (Mack Avenue) 1:10:55
  • Host speaks 1:13:13
  • Kris Davis "Sympodial Sunflower" from Diatom Ribbons (Pyroclastic) 1:14:39
  • Rufus Wainwright "Everybody Knows" from Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (Movie Soundtrack) (Verve Forecast) 1:18:50
  • Bettye Lavette "One More Song" from Blackbirds (Verve) 1:23:13
  • Host speaks 1:28:30
  • Jimmy Heath "Don't Explain" from Love Letter (Verve) 1:29:50
  • The Manhattan Transfer "Ugly Man" from The Junction (Bartelsmann Music Group) 1:36:58
  • Host speaks 1:41:36
  • Jonathan Karrant "Better Times Will Come (single)" (Self released-(Better Times Project)) 1:42:48
  • Cynthia Scott "Hold On Stay Strong" from single (Self released) 1:46:40
  • Host speaks 1:51:18
  • Lakecia Benjamin (feat. Regina Carter) "Walk With Me" from Pursuance—The Coltranes (Ropedope) 1:52:43

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