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Notable Songs by 21st Century Women

Read "Notable Songs by 21st Century Women" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In this episode of A Broad Spectrum we feature some gorgeous new releases and we give birthday shout outs to Louis Armstrong, Jeri Southern, Hank Jones, Kevin Mahogany, Josh Nelson, Tony Bennett, Connie Converse, Kat Edmonson, KJ Denhart, Terri Lyne Carrington, Aaron Weinstein, and Baby Jane Dexter among others, focusing on some notable songs written by ...

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Five Play: Live at the Deer Head Inn

Read "Live at the Deer Head Inn" reviewed by Richard  J Salvucci

I haven't been to the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania in years. But if I make it there, I hope to time my visit to coincide with Five Play at theDeer Head Inn, which bills itself as the “oldest continuously running jazz club in the country." Long may it prosper, for there are good musical things ...

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Sophisticated Ladies: A True Story

Read "A True Story" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Bordeaux-based Sophisticated Ladies joins an illustrious tradition of female jazz group that stretches back several decades to include International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Beryl Booker's Diva trio and its offshoot, Five Play, as well as Japan's Groovin' Girls trio.

Elegant and understated interpretations of standards and chansons, often with Latin hints, make up the ...

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Five Play: Five Play ...Plus

Read "Five Play ...Plus" reviewed by Elliott Simon

On the Brink (Arbors, 1999), the premiere effort from drummer Sherry Maricle's DIVA Big Band extraction Five Play, left no doubt that this all-female quintet can swing powerfully and bop across a broad musical spectrum. Maricle's upfront rhythms and the double alto attack of Karoline Strassmeyer and Laura Dreyer demonstrated a tight in-the-pocket sound that was ...

Five Play: Five Play... Plus

Read "Five Play... Plus" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Here's another bright and swinging album by drummer Sherrie Maricle's able quintet, Five Play (a.k.a. DIVA Lite), encumbered at times by questionable mixing but as a whole quite engaging.

For the group's second recording on Arbors, Maricle has assembled an international troupe of all-stars from the larger ensemble--alto saxophonist Karolina Strassmayer hails from ...