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Meet Mary Foster Conklin

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About Mary Foster Conklin Mary Foster Conklin is a jazz vocalist based in jny: New York City. She hosts A Broad Spectrum, a weekly broadcast celebrating women composers and lyricists on Sunday afternoons on the HD2 channel at WFDU FM based at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. The campus closed down in March due to the pandemic, so the show is now prerecorded in her apartment (with the long distance assistance of engineer Jay Daniels, two tin cans ...


Meet Mark Sullivan

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I currently live in: Indian Trail, North Carolina (just outside of Charlotte). I joined All About Jazz in: I joined in 2012, after reading the site casually for a couple of years. I answered the call to join the staff in early 2014 (I think), initially as an editor. I kept getting requests for album reviews, and finally published my first one in December, 2014. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I ...


Meet Doug Collette

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Doug Collette's pedigree for crafting honest and carefully-considered music analysis lies in a nearly fifty year devotion to contemporary rock and roll, jazz and the blues. During this time, his zeal for writing has grown to (almost) equal his devotion to the musical experiences he has documented from his astute observations of records, videos, books and concerts (plus a few mutually-enlightening dialogues with musicians as varied as Americana master Peter Case, esteemed jazz guitarist John Scofield and all three members ...


Meet La-Faithia White

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I currently live in: I currently live in High Point, North Carolina. High Point is famously the childhood home of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, and more recently of American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. I joined All About Jazz in: 2018. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I began shooting jazz photography in 2011 as a contributing photographer with the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. For years my focus was on ...


Meet Mike Jacobs

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I currently live in: Coatesville Pennsylvania USA--About 40 miles west of jny: Philadelphia. I joined All About Jazz in: About 2010 but I didn't start contributing until 2016. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? Since the landscape of the music business started going into upheaval around 2000, the music and the musicians I love have been having an increasingly rough go of it. Through all of that, I had been looking for ...


Meet Pat and Mike: The Jazz Bastards

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About Pat and Mike Pat and Mike host the Jazz Bastard podcast. Mike is a English professor who normally makes his home in jny: San Diego; Pat is a lawyer's helper living in Central Indiana. They met as Freshmen in college and having been bugging each other ever since. (Mike—Actually I'm a Humanities lecturer—if I was an English professor I would be considerably better paid and less relevant.) What is your first-ever radio-related memory? Pat: I ...


Meet Mike Jurkovic

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I currently live in: The hills of the Hudson Valley with Emily, the deer, the bears, the battling hummingbirds, a seasonal view of the Shawangunk Ridge, and our three cats. I joined All About Jazz in: The summer of 2017. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I had been writing and contributing to more rock and folk oriented publications for years as the Rock 'n' Roll Curmudgeon when a couple of encouraging ...


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