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ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

92nd Street Y Jazz in July: The Music of Clifford Brown

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The Y's Jazz in July programing this summer included an evening celebrating the music of Clifford Brown on July 23rd—a treat for me as it was one of the few such tributes I've seen since Oxford U. published my biography of Brownie over a decade ago. The production included a panorama of Brownie photos projected onto ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Stephanie Nakasian

Interview: Stephanie Nakasian

I came upon Stephanie Nakasian in 2009, shortly after the released of Stephanie Nakasian: Lullaby in Rhythm, A Tribute to June Christy (V.S.O.P.). Few singers were paying much attention to Christy then, and Stephanie did a wonderful job. While she didn't try to channel Christy, she did have a fine sense of Christy's dry exuberance and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Billie Holliday and Ella Fitzgerald (1936 - 1945)

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Billie Holiday began recording at 18, in a 1933 session with Benny Goodman and was musically active until her death at 44 in 1959. Ella Fitzgerald also began recording at 18 (in 1935 as the singer with Chick Webb), but in her case, her career surged again in the mid-1950's with the songbook series on Verve. ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Swinging style and bebopping finesse

Swinging style and bebopping finesse

Stephanie Nakasian has had many facets to her career. She was a banker in Chicago and Manhattan. Then she caught the jazz bug. She heard bebop pianist Hod O’Brien, started working with him a bit in 1980 and a year later quit her day job to become a full-time singer. She built her chops as a ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Sonny Rollins Remasters Legendary Album with Clifford Brown

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At 87, saxophone immortal Sonny Rollins remains at work honing his recording legacy. No longer performing upon receiving medical advice, the star is busily attending to an archive which contains recordings he made with virtually every bop and post-Bop virtuoso in jazz. His latest effort is a remastering of Sonny Rollins + 4 a Prestige session ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Final Lineup Announced For 10th Annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival

Oct. 10-19 Festival Presents Wide-Ranging Program, with Jazz Prodigy, Documentary Film, National and Local Performers PITTSFIELD, MA – Berkshires Jazz, Inc. today announced the final lineup for the tenth annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, Oct. 10-19, 2014 throughout the City’s Upstreet Cultural District. A signature cultural event of the fall foliage season in western Massachusetts, the music spans the ...

NEWS: RADIO

Girl Singers Of The Swing Era This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, vocalists Nina Ferro, Topsy Chapman and Stephanie Nakasian join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to recall female singers of the Swing Era— from Ella and Billie to Martha Tilton, Ivie Anderson and Helen Humes. Also on our radio show, rare interview clips with Ella Fitzgerald, Martha Tilton and Helen Ward telling ...

NEWS: RADIO

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: NYC All-Stars & A New Year's Jam

This week The Jim Cullum Jazz Band swings in the New Year with featured artists—Dan Barrett on trombone, piano legend Dick Hyman, Broadway’s Carol Woods, jazz singer Stephanie Nakasian and Marty Grosz on vocals and guitar. Also on the bill—trumpeter Doc Cheatham, who was then 88 years old. The program is distributed in the US by Public ...

NEWS: RADIO

Dick Hyman, Stephanie Nakasian On Riverwalk Jazz This Week

Dick Hyman, Stephanie Nakasian On Riverwalk Jazz This Week

The historic Filoli Estate and Gardens south of San Francisco is the setting for this week’s Riverwalk Jazz broadcast, “Sweet Ballads and Red Hot Pianos." Piano legend Dick Hyman and jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for an outdoor concert including a set of songs by composer Walter Donaldson. The program is distributed ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Stephanie Nakasian: The Renaissance Woman of Jazz

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For decades, Stephanie Nakasian has been swinging through an immensely challenging jazz repertoire with astonishing aplomb. Her audacious ventures into vocal territory that others have carefully avoided have resulted in recordings and performances of unrivaled excellence. From pioneering vocal efforts with singer Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross to the rigorous charts of The Danish Radio Big ...