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Popsicle Illusion and Sweet Summer Love

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This midsummer broadcast Included new releases from vocalists Lori Williams, Barb Jungr and Lisa Rich, pianists George Cables, Hiroe Sekine, and a 10th anniversary reissue from bassist John Miller, with birthday shout outs to Jazz Masters Annie Ross and Joanne Brackeen, plus vocalists Lainie Cooke, Janis Siegel, Nnenna Freelon, Karrin Allyson and Carla Hassett, among others. ...

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November New Releases and Revisiting Alice in Wonderland

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Happy November! Time to bundle up, run a Marathon, vote and enjoy the last weeks of Fall. In this broadcast, there are birthday celebrations for Roger Kellaway, Clifford Brown and singer Ethel Waters, among others. Also exciting new releases from pianists Myra Melford, Larry McDonough and bassist Alexander Claffy.

Playlist Carol Robbins “The ...

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Carol Robbins: Taylor Street

Read "Taylor Street" reviewed by Roger Farbey

In the context of jazz, the harp is a rare instrument indeed and there are proportionately few players in the field. Two exponents of this rare art are Alice Coltrane and the British harpist David Snell whose library composition “International Flight" is a jazz harp classic. A third is Carol Robbins, whose album Taylor Street is ...

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Cynthia Felton: Cynthia Felton Sings The Nancy Wilson Classics: Save Your Love For Me

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Dr. Cynthia Felton dots all the i's and crosses all the t's when putting together an album. She's a detail-oriented singer with enough smarts, business savvy, and musical skill to pull off whatever type of project she wants to pursue, be it a salute to a woefully under-appreciated figure like Oscar Brown Jr. or a tribute ...

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Brandee Younger 4tet: Live At The Breeding Ground

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While a list of currently operating notables on nearly any given instrument could fill anywhere from a chapter to a book or two, a rundown of head-turning active jazz harpists might only fill out a very small portion of a leaflet. The most important among them--Latin jazz trailblazer Edmar Castaneda, refined role model Carol Robbins, and ...

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Jazz Duets Featuring Carmen Lundy & Harpist Carol Robbins

Jazz Duets Featuring Carmen Lundy & Harpist Carol Robbins

Experience world-class jazz at the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum during Black History Month! Jazz @ the Clayton presents Jazz Duets, an incredible series of four (4) unique jazz concerts. The series begins on Thursday, February 7, 2013 and ends on Feb. 28, 2013 with the final concert featuring celebrated Jazz composer and vocalist Carmen ...

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Carol Robbins: Moraga

Read "Moraga" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The harp is certainly rare in jazz and so its role in a traditional combo is not well defined. Alice Coltrane, for example used it as a supplement to her keyboards, while Adele Girard, played it like a boogie woogie piano. Others like Janet Putnam and Betty Glamann were relegated to a rhythm guitar role in ...

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Carol Robbins: Moraga

Read "Moraga" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While the harp is often pigeonholed as an instrument that belongs in the confines of classical music, artists like Carol Robbins, Zeena Parkins and Edmar Castaneda are helping to change public perception about this topic. Castaneda has created rhythmically engaging music that's high on excitement, and Parkins is constantly breaking barriers by invading every area, from ...

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Carol Robbins: Moraga

Read "Moraga" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The harp is probably one of the least recognized and utilized instruments in jazz yet, the jazz harp is as much a part of the genre as the saxophone, with only a handful of musicians making it their instrument of choice. The late Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane, along with Lori Andrews, Columbian Edmar Castaneda and ...

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Cynthia Felton: Come Sunday: The Music Of Duke Ellington

Read "Come Sunday: The Music Of Duke Ellington" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Cynthia Felton turned a lot of heads with her debut, Afro Blue: The Music Of Oscar Brown Jr. (Self Produced, 2009), and her sophomore effort is bound to gain even more attention. While Brown is an important, if often overlooked figure, Felton ups the ante with her honoree of choice here.

Duke ...