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Diane Schuur, Scott Joplin, Carmen Lundy and More!

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This week we open with Jazz legend Diane Schuur who shares how she is living with the COVID-19 jazz shutdown and talks about her new upcoming CD Running on Faith. Prior to the silence of live jazz, we caught up with Jae Sinnett to discuss a rich life in music and his latest album. Enjoy the show. Playlist Diane Schuur “Something so Right" Running on Faith (Jazzheads) 00:00 Host talks 6:06 Joe Harnell “Alley Cat'" Golden Piano Hits ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Diane Schuur: Running on Faith

Read "Running on Faith" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist and vocalist Diane “Deedles" Schuur and Wessell “Warmdaddy" Anderson may be the last jazz artists to have musically-anointed monikers, from a genre replete with them (Lester “Prez" Young, Billie “Lady Day" Holiday, Johnny “Rabbit" Hodges, Julian “Cannonball" Adderley and “John Birks “Dizzy" Gillespie). Schuur was named “Deedles" as a child by her mother. The name stuck and proved both inspirational and descriptive for the accomplished singer and pianist, blind from birth, who has performed with the luminaries of jazz. ...

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Christmas In My Soul

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Includes more Christmas songs penned by women, with holiday recordings by Dave Stryker, Laila Biali, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Angel, plus new releases by Youn Sun Nah, Chloe Perrier, Fostina Dixon, and Elena Gilliam, with birthday shout outs to Bob Dorough, Sue Maskaleris, Diane Schuur, Sean Harkness, Edith Piaf, Camille Thurman and Kaylé Brecher, among others. Playlist Dave Stryker “This Christmas" from Eight Track Christmas (Strikezone Records) 00:00 Deanna Witkowski “Love Came Down" ...

LIVE REVIEW

Diane Schuur at Birdland

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Diane Schuur Birdland New York, NY November 14, 2017 In the fall of 2017, Diane Schuur returned to New York City for a highly anticipated residency at Birdland. Bringing saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassist Roger Hines, and drummer Willie Jones III along for the ride, the singer and pianist showed us that being a class act on the bandstand means knowing how to balance life off it with honest reflection and joyful response. This ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Diane Schuur: I Remember You (With Love to Stan and Frank)

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Diane Schuur is that rare songbird who is equally competent as a jazz singer and a pops entertainer. While some vocalists go with more lucrative popular music and some take the road of the jazz artist in the pure sense, Schuur is able to straddle the two careers. Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole had a superb grasp of the jazz idiom, but they made the decisive choice to become entertainers. By contrast, Chris Connor, Betty Carter, and Johnny Hartman ...

LIVE REVIEW

Diane Schuur with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops at Kimmel Center

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"88 Keys, a Big Band, and a Voice"Celebrating 30 years of Peter Nero with the Philly PopsThe Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA April 24, 2009 On this night, one of five performances of the same concert event, conductor-pianist Peter Nero welcomed Diane Schuur to the stage as “the most outstanding jazz vocalist of our time." While there may be other candidates for the top spot in this category, and while such ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Diane Schuur: Some Other Time

Read "Some Other Time" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Deedles never really left her jazz roots. However, the two-time Grammy-winning vocalist says Some Other Time is her way of getting back to the basics. Nicknamed “Deedles" at a young age, Diane Schuur has had her feet firmly planted in two worlds: pop and jazz. Many of her releases combined elements of both, particularly during her years with GRP Records.Schuur scored two Grammy Awards, with Timeless (GRP, 1986) and Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra (GRP, 1987). ...


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