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Eartha Kitt

EARTHA KITT was an international star who gave new meaning to the word versatile. She distinguished herself in film, theater, cabaret, music and on television. Miss Kitt is one of only a handful of performers to be nominated for a Tony (three times), the Grammy (twice), and Emmy Award (twice). She regularly enthralls New York nightclub audiences during her extended stays at The Cafe Carlyle and these intimate performances have been captured in her newest recording, Eartha Kitt, Live at The Carlyle. Miss Kitt’s distinctive voice has enthralled an entirely new generation of fans. Young fans loved her as YZMA, the villain, in Disney’s animated feature The Emperor's Groove, (2001 Annie Award for Best Vocal Performance / Animated Feature)

ARTICLE: RADIO

Funk in a Deep Freeze

Read "Funk in a Deep Freeze" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

For the Sunday of the Women's March we played new releases by pianist Judy Night, flutist Magela Herrara, Judy Bisantz, Bob Levy and saxophonist Carol Sudhalter with birthday shout outs to Eartha Kitt, Irene Kral, Jose James, Cheryl Bentyne, Peter Eldridge, Sade, and Dolly Parton, among others. Playlist Pam Fleming “Keep It Movin" from ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Rene Marie With Experiment In Truth At The Jazz Corner

Read "Rene Marie With Experiment In Truth At The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie

Rene Marie The Jazz Corner Rene Marie with Experiment in Truth Hilton Head Island, SC December 28-29, 2018 There are no sharp edges to Rene Marie's voice. Her singing has a warm, soft-velvet quality. She does, however, have an extensive range and an ability to change direction and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz

Read "Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pianist, composer, and arranger Alan Broadbent doesn't just “dig" jazz. He has a deep and enduring passion for it. Growing up in mid- 20th-century New Zealand, he quickly went beyond piano lessons to reading musical scores and learning jazz standards. Then, when the Dave Brubeck Quartet came to his relatively isolated hometown of Auckland, his love ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Recent Reading: Books About Jazz In Four US Regions

Recent Reading: Books About Jazz In Four US Regions

After jazz emerged—or coalesced—as a distinct form of music in jny: New Orleans in the early twentieth century, it quickly took hold throughout the world. Jazz musicians developed on every continent, even in countries where the spirit of jazz goes against the grain of politics and culture; a jazz community is emerging in China, not an ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Daversa: Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles

Read "Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Does the world need another collection of Beatles covers? The same argument could be had about any of the dozens of standards that regularly, sometimes ad nauseam, crop up on new releases. But redundancy is validated each time an Amy Winehouse takes on “Body and Soul" or Avicii reinvents “Feeling Good," and those instances serve as ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Cynthia Basinet Remake "All Of Me" Slated To Be One Of The Top Of The Pops Summer Hits

Cynthia Basinet Remake "All Of Me" Slated To Be One Of The Top Of The Pops Summer Hits

New York, NY: The American songstress, Cynthia Basinet best known for sultry pop jazz combo standards and her iconic version of “Santa Baby" (the only one to receive the seal of approval from Eartha Kitt) has stepped outside of her typical genre and just released a dance remake of John Legend's “All Of Me”. Teaming up ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

A Peter White Christmas at Yoshi's

Read "A Peter White Christmas at Yoshi's" reviewed by Walter Atkins

A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair Yoshi's Oakland Oakland, CA December 18, 2014 A Peter White Christmas, featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair, was a great way to enjoy the holiday season. Both Yoshi's Oakland shows were sold out and the 8 pm show was jam-packed ...

NEWS: RADIO

The Inspiration Behind The Versions Of "Santa Baby" Remakes... Hint, Never Marilyn Monroe!

The Inspiration Behind The Versions Of "Santa Baby" Remakes... Hint, Never Marilyn Monroe!

Sultry Jazz Pop singer, actress, NOBEL Nominated CYNTHIA BASINET whose ICONIC version of SANTA BABY, that has often be mistaken for Marilyn Monroe all though Marilyn never sang the song, has been the inspiration behind the versions of Santa Baby recorded to date since 2000, whether well-known or not. Cynthia’s one off of Eartha Kitt’s renowned ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Changamire: Love

Read "Love" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

With Love, Washington DC-based vocalist Changamiré follows up her self-produced 2001 debut Only Human with a new song cycle mainly co-written and produced with Lincoln Ross, who also contributes trombone to several tracks. Changamiré's songs suggest the compositional depth of Roberta Flack. But her voice is not quite so brooding, and sounds more rooted in the ...


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