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2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Empress of the Blues

Read "The Empress of the Blues" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast opens with a celebration of the music of Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, in honor of her birthday, with new releases from saxophonist Melissa Aldana, vocalists Emma Larsson, Marc Jordan, Joanna Wallfisch and Claire Martin, plus more birthday shout outs to Dusty Springfield and Carline Ray (member of the International Sweethearts of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann

Read "Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first Week of the annual WFDU.FM February Fund Drive included new releases from pianists Lisa Hilton, Kait Dunton, Ellen Rowe and saxophonist Jordan Pettay with birthday shout outs to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jeanne Lee, Jutta Hipp, and Melody Gardot, among others. In the second hour, Debra Mann is remembered after news of her passing and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Chick & Steve, Two Pairs of Covers, Wordplay & More

Read "Chick & Steve, Two Pairs of Covers, Wordplay & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Putting a show together, I sometimes amuse myself by posing programmatic 'problems' that help break my usual routines. To wit: we offer you two pairs of disparate covers of Wayne Shorter and Thelonious Monk tunes during the first hour and play word games with tune titles in the second hour. The 2018 Downbeat Readers' ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Dot Time Records Announce "Interplay," An Exciting New Album From The François Moutin/Kavita Shah Duo

Dot Time Records Announce "Interplay," An Exciting New Album  From The François Moutin/Kavita Shah Duo

Interplay is a meeting of minds and spirits, one that embraces virtuosity, spontaneity, and lyricism through a repertoire of standards and original music adapted to the unique instrumentation of acoustic bass and voice. It features 11 tracks recorded at Sear Sound Studios in New York and Studio le Meudon in jny: Paris. Kavita Shah and François ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Inner Circle Music: Creativity and Community Spirit

Read "Inner Circle Music: Creativity and Community Spirit" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The music industry today is defined by a strange paradox: there are too few labels and too many. On the one hand, the major labels have merged and sign less jazz artists, meaning the dream of a company with plenty of promotional muscles becomes harder to achieve. On the other hand, more and more musicians have ...

Vocalist/Composer Kavita Shah To Celebrate Release Of Debut Album, "Visions" - Tuesday, May 27 At Joe's Pub

Vocalist/Composer Kavita Shah To Celebrate Release Of Debut Album, "Visions" - Tuesday, May 27 At Joe's Pub

Vocalist/Composer Kavita Shah is set to perform at Joe's Pub in New York on Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30PM in celebration of her debut album, Visions. The performance will feature renowned Benin-born guitarist Lionel Loueke, who co-produced the album, as well as special guest saxophonist Greg Osby. In addition, Shah will be joined by guitarist Michael ...


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