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Love Songs for August

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"What fresh Hell is this?" We begin with songs by Dorothy Parker, who, though best known for her sharp wisecracks, turned out several luscious standards in her day. In the second hour, we salute the great Count Basie then usher in the Leonard Bernstein centennial celebration; plus there is a bumper crop of new releases to ...

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Honoring Aretha & Timeless Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh

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This week we remember the legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in the second hour and enjoy a sampling of standards with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh plus songs by women who wrote with pianist Jimmy Rowles whose centennial is being celebrated this year.

Playlist Lynne Arriale “Woodstock" from Give Us These Days ...

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Celebrate songwriters Abbey Lincoln and Bernice Petkere

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Many special birthdays in this episode of A Broad Spectrum as we honor the great Abbey Lincoln and remember Bernice Petkere, named the “Queen of Tin Pan Alley" by Irving Berlin for her songs “Close Your Eyes" and “"Lullaby of the Leaves."

Playlist Linda Dachtyl “A Late One" from A Late One (Chicken ...

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Notable Songs by 21st Century Women

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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 ...

Meet Don Shire

Read "Meet Don Shire" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Don Shire's club-hopping habit started in Pittsburgh, but his introduction to the capital of jazz was a 1971 Freddie Hubbard gig at New York jazz institution, the Village Vanguard. And he's still going strong 45 years later. One concert particularly stands out. “When it was over, the people just looked at each other. The feeling was, ...

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band: Certain Relationships

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Drummer Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band continues to spread sunshine and happiness on Certain Relationships, an album recorded in three sessions spanning the half-dozen years between 2005-2011. Of the fifteen selections, nine are vocals --by Pete McGuinness, Hilary Gardner, Andrea Wolper, Mary Foster Conklin or Dominique Eade. In Lillard's optimistic eyes, even the blues are gladsome ...

Art Lillard's Heavenly Band: Reasons to Be Thankful

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Although drummer Art Lillard's Heavenly Band makes its home about as far from heaven as one could plausibly roam--New York City, to be precise--the music it produces on Reasons to Be Thankful (recorded in 2000 and released six years later) evokes at times an empyrean vibe, thanks in part to blissful arrangements by Lillard and guitarist ...

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Mark Winkler "Gets It Right" on Ninth Release

Mark Winkler "Gets It Right" on Ninth Release

With the release of Till I Get It Right, Mark Winkler's ninth release and his first on FreeHam Records, jazz critics are already raving about the veterans latest creation.

Jonathan Widran of Jazziz writes, “Always sly and cool, yet passionate as a vocalist, his wonderfully compelling, distinctively vivid lyrics tell ...

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Mary Foster Conklin: Blues for Breakfast

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La collaborazione fra il pianista John Di Martino e la cantante Mary Foster Conklin ha sempre assicurato frutti originali, con un repertorio che include anche cabaret con testi dei fratelli Marx. Questa volta i due sono su un altro genere, mettendo insieme delle canzoni scritte da Matt Dennis, alcune note altre meno, tutte però rivisitate in ottica moderna e con testi ...

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Mary Foster Conklin: Blues For Breakfast

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Blues For Breakfast, the third album from vocalist Mary Foster Conklin, is a tribute to the music of Matt Dennis, who died in 2002 at the age of 88. Although he was not as renowned as the members of the Great American Songbook circle (Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, et al.), Dennis did indeed contribute ...