by Mary Foster Conklin
This broadcast presents a special tribute to trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in the third hour in honor of her 93rd birthday and also includes cuts from new releases by vocalist Roberta Donnay and pianist/composer Carol Albert, with more birthday shout outs to Elvis Presley, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ruth Brown and Ingrid Jensen. Playlist Cynthia Sayer Banjo Tango" from Attractions: With Bucky Pizzarelli (Self released) 00:00 Jen Hodge Hey Let's Drink a Beer" from All's Fair in Love ...read more
by Ava Louise
Born in 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri, Melba Liston had an early interest in music. She saw a trombone when she was young and was taken by its beauty. Her family encouraged her interest in music and in learning to play the trombone. When her family moved to Los Angeles, she began to study music formally. This training would strongly inform her career, from instrumental performance to musical composition and arrangement. Melba had a remarkable career for multiple ...read more
by Hrayr Attarian
Finding an obscure recording, especially one of quality, can be exciting for jazz enthusiasts. This reissue of Melba Liston's only recording as a leader, originally released by the short-lived Metro Jazz label half a century ago, is cause for celebration. The reissued Melba Liston and Her 'Bones also includes four tracks from another session which was originally released under Frank Rehak's name.
Melba Liston is best known as an arranger and composer, thanks to her associations with Dizzy Gillespie and ...read more