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Bassisterhood - Companion Mixtape

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Straight-ahead to experimental, electric or acoustic, funky or bluesy, instrumental or with vocals, these female bass players cover the whole low-end gamut with their fascinating projects. This mixtape is a fun-filled companion to the two parts of our show “Bassisterhood" (click here for Part 1 and Part 2). Happy listening! Playlist Esperanza Spalding “Radio Song" Radio Music Society (Heads Up) 0:00 Manou Gallo “Lève-Toi Et Move" Afro Groove Queen (Contre-Jour) 6:26 Bootsy Collins with ...

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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 & Marilyn Crispell}, and a newly discovered concert recording ...

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Your Brain on Frets and More

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Lots of guitar this week: John Scofield with Bill Frisell, Jim Hall, Pat Martino, Tiny Grimes, Kevin Eubanks with Dave Holland, Bill Jennings (an influence on B.B. King), and Paul Bollenback with Jim Snidero. We also have a couple of tracks from the currently unavailable Fred Hersch—Esperanza Spalding duo set live at the Village Vanguard (a recent fundraiser for the Jazz Foundation of America). We continue our Sonny Rollins celebration with tunes from Newk's Time, and there's a Herbie Nichols ...

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Highlights of Jazz in the Late 2000s (2004 - 2010)

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This is the 98th of 100 programs in the Jazz at 100 series. The programs have chronologically followed the history of recorded jazz and, as we approach the present, the question of historical perspective becomes relevant. Just how well can we predict what will endure? What will have lasting importance? We are in the midst of a five-program series featuring one selection per year, starting in 1990, in an attempt to forecast the answers to these questions. Our ...

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You Can Never Be Too Magical - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding

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This week we feature new releases from vocalists Kat Edmonson, Tamuz Nissim, Maria Schafer and JD Walter with birthday shout outs to pianists Lil Armstrong, Marc Cary and Jutta Hipp, bassist Katie Thiroux, trumpeter Jeannie Tanner, and vocalist Ed Reed, among others. In the first hour, a celebration of Esperanza Spalding's latest Grammy win for Jazz Vocal Recording with a look back over the past decade of her career. Playlist Five Play “Struttin with Some Barbecue" from Live ...

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Live Review

Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily's D+Evolution at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

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Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily's D+Evolution Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Brookville, NY April 10, 2016 Esperanza Spalding doesn't want anybody to fence her in. She's never said it so bluntly, but she doesn't have to: Her music says it for her. During a seventy-five minute staging of Emily's D+Evolution (Concord, 2016) at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post, Spalding managed to wed the primitive, the progressive, and the poetic ...

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Album Review

Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+Evolution

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Singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding has moved effortlessly between genres whether performing with saxophone great Wayne Shorter or releasing projects which have incorporated explorations in chamber and pop music. She's impressed fans with her beautiful vocals and expressive instrumental skills even though questions remain about her musical identity. Is she jazz, pop, or a fringe artist who won't be locked into any genre? The answer to that question has no bearing on Spalding's talent and creativity which ...


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