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Big Long Silidin' Thing - Celebrating Melba Liston

Read "Big Long Silidin' Thing - Celebrating Melba Liston" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In the first hour, we celebrate trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in honor of her birthday, and take a look at some recent trombone players making noise in the jazz world. We sample some new releases by vocalists Josephine Beavers, Lila Ammons, Virginia Schenck, flutist Andrea Brachfeld and pianist Roberta Piket, with birthday shout outs ...

Be A Santa

Label: Warner Bros.
Released: 2010
Track listing: Santa Claus is Coming to Town; What Are You Doing This New Year's Eve?; Winter Wonderland; Sleigh Ride; Christmas Time is Here; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; A Modern Christmas Tale; The Man With The Bag; Be A Santa; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; White Christmas.

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Lea Delaria: Be A Santa

Read "Be A Santa" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Christmas can do strange things to musicians: there are plenty of artistic car crashes littering the road to Santa's Grotto. But sometimes an artist gets it right, by luck or by design, and a Yuletide project endures for many years. Vocalist, comedian and Broadway performer Lea DeLaria is, happily, in the latter camp with Be A ...

Double Standards

Label: Telarc Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Dancing Barefoot; Kiko and the Lavender Moon; Call Me; Philadelphia; Just a Girl; Been Caught Stealing; Black Hole Sun; People Are Strange; Tattooed Love Boys; Alliance; Longview.

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Lea Delaria: Double Standards

Read "Double Standards" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

Double Standards is Lea DeLaria's jazz approach to a selection of rock classics. She has chosen eleven diverse songs vocally to slip and slide around. The first track, Patti Smith's “Dancing Barefoot, features some lively moments during which she trades scatting solos with tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake. Blondie's “Call Me is translated with a blues feel ...

Double Standards

Label: Warner Bros. Records
Released: 2003

Play It Cool

Label: Warner Bros.
Released: 2001
Track listing: The Ballad of Sweeney Todd, Cool, I

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Lea DeLaria: Play It Cool

Read "Play It Cool" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

Jazz fans can be forgiven for approaching Play It Cool with some degree of skepticism. After all, Lea DeLaria is known for her work as a comic and for her appearances on the Broadway stage neither of which is a breeding ground for jazz musicians. However, this turns out to be one of those cases where ...


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