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Big April Birthdays & More

Read "Big April Birthdays & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

April birthdays this week on G&M with the Carmen McRae centennial, along with the 90th birthdays of Herbie Mann, pianist Frank Strazzeri (who toured in the 1970's with Elvis!), Claude Bolling and Richard Davis (the latter 2 still with us); as well as the 80th birthdays of George Adams and the very much alive Herbie Hancock! Of course, there's more: Charles Mingus, Rodney Kendrick, Willis Jackson, Jimmy Giuffre, Walt Dickerson, Joe Henderson, Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Jimmy McGriff ...

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Celebrating Carmen McRae's Centennial

Read "Celebrating Carmen McRae's Centennial" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The broadcast includes new releases from Duchess, Kandace Springs, Nina Simone and Carla Hassett with birthday shoutouts to Carmen McRae on her centennial, Alberta Hunter, (who was not only a superb performer but also a professional health care worker for more than 20 years), Billie Holiday, guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe and pianist Marian McPartland. Playlist Cynthia Sayer “Bango Tango" from Attractions: With Bucky Pizzarelli (Self released) 00:00 Alexis Cole & Bucky Pizzarelli “On the Sunny Side of the ...

RADIO

McRae, Bird @ 100, Newk & More

Read "McRae, Bird @ 100, Newk & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week we celebrate the centennial of singer Carmen McRae with three selections from her stupendous 1961 recording, Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man. We put on our 'professor's hat' and do a compare and contrast with primarily Billie Holiday on each tune and guest appearances from Dianne Reeves and Shirley Horn. Fascinating to hear how each singer uses rhythm and phrasing to put a unique stamp on these tunes. Oh, and also the first recording of “Them There Eyes" from ...

RADIO

A Musical Tribute To Caffeine

Read "A Musical Tribute To Caffeine" reviewed by H William Stine

Caffeine—voted the #3 most popular way to stay awake during my show—right after thinking of words that rhyme with “constellation" and reliving your latest root canal (I'll let you figure out the order). Two hours of songs about coffee and tea and the singers who enjoy them, plus, to sweeten the cup, I've tossed in several startling, incredible, and highly-caffeinated performances. Playlist Cody Owen Stine “Paris Mismatch (Theme Music)" from (Unreleased Master) (Self Produced) 00:00 Carmen McRae, ...

RADIO

The Doctor’s New Year’s Eve Warmup

Read "The Doctor’s New Year’s Eve Warmup" reviewed by Marc Cohn

The confluence of the stars. Our “listeners' favorites" show and the infamous DrJ New Year's Eve warmup together! How greasy could it be? Well, very. We've got some of your favorites from Shows 341-350 as well as some funky stuff from older shows that got you resonated. No disco, though... sorry. But you can still crank it up & shake that thang. Hit the play button and enjoy the show! A joyous, healthy & prosperous 2019 to all! January 1969 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Carmen McRae: Carmen McRae: Live at Sugar Hill - San Francisco

Read "Carmen McRae: Live at Sugar Hill - San Francisco" reviewed by Samuel Chell

This overlooked on-location session from 1963 reveals, perhaps more than any other recording, why Carmen McRae at the time deserved to complete the dominating triumvirate in which Ella Fitzgerald's and Sarah Vaughan's places were always secure. In the 1970s the marketplace would often hamstring her choice of material and settings, and in the 1980s the years of smoking began to have a noticeable effect on the breath-stream that once sustained her enviable instrument. On this occasion, however, she retains the ...

BOOK REVIEW

Carmen McRae, Miss Jazz

Read "Carmen McRae, Miss Jazz" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

Carmen McRae, Miss Jazz Leslie Gourse Billboard Books ISBN: 0879306289

In recent years, we have stretched the meaning of the word diva. In the past, it brought to mind a female vocalist like Maria Callas; nowadays it encompasses much more. There are literary divas, culinary divas, you name it. While the word gets gets applied to different circumstances, the true essence of diva is still rooted in the musical world. Obviously, the great jazz ...


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