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ARTICLE: RADIO

Birthdays Make Strange Bedfellows

Read "Birthdays Make Strange Bedfellows" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Many common birthdays in this broadcast. In the second hour, Laura Nyro shares her day with hipster Bobby Troup, who celebrates his centennial this month; followed by a shout-out to Dizzy Gillespie, born the same day as Beat poet Fran Landesman, whose songs will be highlighted in the final hour.

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ARTICLE: RADIO

Downhearted Blues and Music in the Air

Read "Downhearted Blues and Music in the Air" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

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."

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ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Miho Hazama & other great new releases

Read "John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Miho Hazama & other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The summer is almost over and the pace at which new albums are being released is picking up... This week we focus on a few new gems, including two remarkable tributes to Thelonious Monk, the mighty Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk (in six volumes!) by Miles Okazaki and the idiosyncratic The MONK: Live at ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Judy Niemack

"If you want to know what real jazz singing can be (but rarely is), listen to Judy Niemack...She is a musician in the truest sense, having mastered her instrument (a beautiful one), and her chosen language and crafted her own style" —Dan Morgenstern Throughout her career, Judy Niemack has accomplished a great deal as a singer, educator, lyricist, composer, and inspiration to younger jazz vocalists. Yet with all that she has done thus far, one gets the impression that the best is yet to come. “I love standards and have performed them all of my life but this is a new era and it is time to create new music,” she says

Dan Tepfer Trio: Eleven Cages; Judy Niemack with Dan Tepfer: Listening to You

Read "Dan Tepfer Trio: Eleven Cages; Judy Niemack with Dan Tepfer: Listening to You" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dan Tepfer s'è messo in luce da un decennio con eccellenti lavori da leader (dai trii jazz all'esecuzione delle Goldberg Variations) e con prestigiose collaborazioni: ricordiamo il duo con Lee Konitz, il sestetto con Billy Hart, il trio con quest'ultimo e Gary Peacock.
In queste due ultime incisioni il pianista trentacinquenne evidenzia l'alto livello di ...

NEWS: EVENT

The September Concert: The Heart Of Jazz For 9/11- Now In Its 10th Year

The September Concert: The Heart of Jazz for 9/11- now in its 10th Year. On Thursday, September 11, 40 of NYC’s top jazz artists will meet at Somethin' Jazz Club, 212 E 52nd St. NYC from 7pm - 1am, to play their take on various facets of that wretched day & its aftermath. They’ll be playing ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Fini Bearman: Step Up

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Step Up is the debut from British vocalist/songwriter Fini Bearman. Bearman has studied with Judy Niemack, and lists Gretchen Parlato as an influence--two singers with the ability to inhabit the lyrics of a song, giving the impression that even well-worn songbook standards were written about their lives. Bearman shares that quality and also has Cassandra Wilson's ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Singing Jazz: Judy Niemack Master Class

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“Part of the fun of jazz is like seeing someone ski down a dangerous slope. When you improvise, you have to take a chance. If you fall, you fall," Judy Niemack was telling her master class on September 26. The nine women with her, most of them professional singers, in the studio of Second Floor Music ...

Judy Niemack: Master Of Jazz: Tenor Titans

Read "Master Of Jazz: Tenor Titans" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Playing Judy Niemack and Clairdee back to back, one is reminded that while some jazz singers are content to simply emulate their idols, others are striving to be distinctive. Niemack is definitely an example of the latter. From inventive scatting and marvelous interpretive abilities to an abundance of soulfulness, ...Night And The Music confirms the fact ...