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George Gershwin, Frank Foster & Late September New Releases

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Birthday shout-outs to George Gershwin (with a nod to Ann Ronnell and Kay Swift, women writers that he encouraged) and saxophonist/arranger Frank Foster, along with new releases to round out the month of September.

Playlist Lou Caputo “Busy Busy Busy" from Uh Oh! (Self-released) 00:00 Danny Bacher “Joy Spring" from Still Happy! (Whaling ...

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Downhearted Blues and Music in the Air

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Happy 90th birthday to alto saxophonist Vi Redd, who opens the broadcast, along with Downhearted Blues from fellow Libra Lovie Austin. In the third hour, some hurricane inspired music followed by tributes to John Coltrane, Jon Hendricks and Leonard Cohen with a reminder from Willie Nelson to stay “Young at Heart."

Playlist Vi ...

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Them There Eyes & Songs for the New Year

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Welcome September and happy New Year! In the first hour, a celebration of songs by Doris Tauber (composer of “Them There Eyes" and “Drinking Again"), followed by artists covering songs by Maria Schneider, and new releases to herald the change of season.

Playlist Rachel Z “All I Want" from Moon at the Window ...

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Skydive Trio: Sun Sparkle

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Norwegian guitarist Thomas Dahl's primary project is the Skydive Trio with bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Olavi Louhivuouri. The trio is an off-shoot of a quintet of the same name that includes tenor saxophonist Tore Brunborg and pianist Alexi Tuomarila. Sun Sparkle is the second release from the smaller group whose sound, like the album title, ...

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Pianist/Composer Yelena Eckemoff To Release "Better Than Gold And Silver," Her Jazz Settings Of Biblical Psalms, Sept. 21

Pianist/Composer Yelena Eckemoff To Release "Better Than Gold And Silver," Her Jazz Settings Of Biblical Psalms, Sept. 21

The prolific Russian-born, North Carolina-based pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff adds a sacred dimension to the ambitious series of concept albums in her extensive catalogue her new 2-CD set Better Than Gold and Silver. Due for September 21 release on her imprint L&H Production, it’s the first in a projected series of recordings featuring Eckemoff’s settings of Biblical ...

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Yelena Eckemoff: In The Shadow Of A Cloud

Read "In The Shadow Of A Cloud" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Continua la ricca vena creativa della pianista e compositrice russa Yelena Eckemoff, di formazione classica ma dedita al jazz dal suo arrivo negli U.S.A., nel 1991. Questa vena si concretizza in una fitta serie di album (l'ultimo di cui ci siamo occupati è Leaving Everything Behind, del 2016) registrati con formazioni sempre diverse e ogni volta ...

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James Hall More: Than Just a Trombone

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This show features an interview with trombonist James Hall where we discuss his new album Lattice which is out on Outside in Music as well as other hot topics. We also follow the theme of good music so expect to hear all types of jazz featuring the likes of Miles Davis and Chick Corea

Yelena Eckemoff: Desert

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Pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff was born in Russia and in 2018 lives in North Carolina--neither location suggests a desert theme. But Eckemoff became fascinated by the Arabian Desert, producing not only music but also prose stories connecting the compositions to each other, as well as poetry and paintings (including the album's cover image). Her albums are usually ...

Yelena Eckemoff: Desert

Read "Desert" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Yelena Eckemoff's backstory doesn't suggest the potential for a rise to the category of top level jazz pianist. But here she is, after emigrating to the U.S. from Russia with her husband--leaving her children (temporarily) and everything else (permanently) behind in 1991 to escape repression and to start a new life. Classically trained in her ...

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Pianist/Composer Yelena Eckemoff Evokes Mystery & Allure Of Arabian Desert On Quartet Outing "Desert," Set For May 4 Release

Pianist/Composer Yelena Eckemoff Evokes Mystery & Allure Of Arabian Desert On Quartet Outing "Desert," Set For May 4 Release

It takes a discerning eye, or in this case ear, to envision the desert as more than a vast, arid wasteland. Pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff succeeds in musically portraying many of this daunting environment’s mysteries and its boundless allure on her new recording, Desert, to be released May 4 on her imprint L&H Production. The quartet outing, ...