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ARTICLE: RADIO

For Today, Tomorrow and Always - A 2018 Retrospective

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The final broadcast of the year remembered some of the great artists that left us in 2018, with birthday shout outs to Una Mae Carlisle, Cab Calloway, Rebecca Parris, Nancy LaMott and Annie Lennox, among others, plus a nod to more Grammy nominees. Happy New Year!

Playlist Janice Friedman “Get Set" from Live at ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2018

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As 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to remember the extraordinarily gifted musicians who made an indelible mark on jazz. With sadness, we bid farewell to NEA Jazz Masters Bob Dorough, Nancy Wilson and Cecil Taylor as well as trumpeters Hugh Masekela, Tomasz Stanko, Jerry González and Roy Hargrove.

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Rebecca Parris: 1951-2018

Read "Rebecca Parris: 1951-2018" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

You'll happen my way on some mem'rable day
And the month will be May for a while...

I was never fortunate enough to have met Rebecca Parris in person; but, I was fortunate enough to live in and be a part of the musical universe that surrounded her. That universe was created ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Shirley Horn: Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens

Read "Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

“Horn did ballads and cool, understated ruminations better than anyone except her first champion, mentor and lifelong friend, trumpeter Miles Davis. Both were masters of silence and anticipation, but even Davis teased Horn about her pacing. 'You do 'em awful slow!' he once said.'"

Richard Harrington, Washington Post.

The incandescence that was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sue Sheriff: Better Than Anything

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It was in one of those art pieces often used to close an hour out on National Public Radio where a jazz vocalist was being interviewed about the durability and longevity of the “Great American Songbook." The singer remarked that as long as listeners age and have life experience, the standards composed between 1920 and 1960 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lisa Thorson: Lisa Thorson Quartet - Live

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Lisa Thorson is a Boston-based vocalist and educator (she is a professor of voice at Berklee College of Music). She has release three recordings: From This Moment On (Brownstone, 1994), Resonance (GM Recordings, 1999) and Out to Sea (Self Produced, 2002). Even a dedicated teacher must spread her creative wings from time to time, and Thorson ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cat Conner: Cat House

Read "Cat House" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

West Coast Vocalist Cat Conner's debut recording, Cat Tales (Rhombus Records, 2012) was a critical highlight vocal recording of the year. Conner's grace and sophistication come from the same school that produced Shirley Horn, Rebecca Parris and Patti Wicks. She is a master of the slow ballad and that may be the least of her considerable ...

ARTICLE: JAZZLIFE UK

ReVoice! 2014: collaboration is a key to success

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The ReVoice! Festival--a celebration of the human voice--is five years old in 2014. Happy Birthday congratulations are in order for the jny: London based festival--this milestone anniversary is an indication of its success and of the wealth of vocalists in the jazz world and beyond. From small beginnings (just five concerts) in 2010 the festival has ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The Jazz Ballad Gauntlet: Rebecca Parris and Beat Kaestli

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bal * lad
:noun \'ba-ləd\
A slow popular song that is typically about love.

The ballad remains one of the most durable vehicles in any music genre. In jazz, it is a make-or-break format capable of revealing the haves and haves not in the jazz vocals department. There have been ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Natalie Dietz: Believe In Love

Read "Believe In Love" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A humid breeze blows through the four pieces, one standard and three originals on vocalist Natalie Dietz's EP, Believe In Love. Fronting an empathetic guitar-piano quintet specializing in the gentle percussion of the Caribbean, Dietz sings with a relaxed, languid quality that makes her singing easy and effortless, carefully cloaking a realized confidence that drives her ...