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ARTICLE: RADIO

Honoring Melba Liston

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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.

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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Alligator founder provides blues fans insider look at running of label

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Bitten By the Blues: The Alligator Records Story
Bruce Iglauer with Patrick A. Roberts
338 Pages
ISBN: 9780226129907
University of Chicago Press
2018

Bruce Iglauer's autobiographical history of Alligator Records is, in many ways, a story about technological change as much as it is about music.

Yet, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor

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Marcus Miller is most often described as a jazz, funk, soul, fusion, and R&B bassist. As much as that is accurate, it is a description that falls well short of the mark. Miller is a high-end musical sponge who manages to incorporate today's cultures and rhythms into his compositions, layered within the framework of sound he ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tedeschi Trucks Band with Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers at Red Rocks

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Tedeschi Trucks Band with Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Denver, CO
July 29-30, 2017

The Tedeschi Trucks juggernaut continues to snowball. The band's inaugural Denver concert in November 2011 was at the Fillmore Auditorium; capacity 3,000. The venue quickly shifted to an annual summer show at Red ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Marina Crouse At The Sound Room

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Marina Crouse
The Sound Room
First Time Out
Oakland, CA
January 30, 2016

Talented East Bay vocalist Marina Crouse and her superb band lit up the intimate Sound Room with her distinctive brand of rhythm and blues on this chilly Saturday evening. The night was filled with a soulful blend ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson and Del Ray at the Musical Instrument Museum

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Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson and Del Ray
Musical Instrument Museum
“Saluting the Pioneers of Women Who Rock"
Phoenix, Arizona
October 16, 2013

Four women musicians performed a joyous tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Memphis Minnie, black pioneers in gospel and early blues styles that became the roots ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Shemekia Copeland: New York, NY, September 27, 2012

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Shemekia Copeland
City Winery
New York, NY
September 27, 2012
Shemekia Copeland, the daughter of the late, great blues guitarist Johnny “Clyde" Copeland, is an accomplished blues singer in her own right. She possesses a soulful, smoky voice and can, when needed, whisper a seductive lyric or belt and wail ...

NEWS: EVENT

Poncho Sanchez And Stanley Clarke / George Duke At High Point Festival Park

Poncho Sanchez And Stanley Clarke / George Duke At High Point Festival Park

The Friends of John Coltrane will present the 2nd Annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday, September 1, 2012. The Premiere Jazz Event of the Triad will feature the reunion of two venerable jazz artists with Stanley Clarke, George Duke and the Clarke/Duke Project; a giant of Latin Jazz, Poncho Sanchez and Shemekia Copeland, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Shemekia Copeland to Perform in Sellersville & Kutztown

Grammy-nominated and Harlem-bred vocalist Shemekia Copeland will perform at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville on Wednesday, April 11 and as part of The Performing Artists Series at Ursa Minor's Cafe in Kutztown on Thursday, April 12, 2012. Copeland's powerhouse music has garnered her praise from mainstream press and radio and earned her many awards. Deluxe Edition ...