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The Empress of the Blues

Read "The Empress of the Blues" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast opens with a celebration of the music of Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, in honor of her birthday, with new releases from saxophonist Melissa Aldana, vocalists Emma Larsson, Marc Jordan, Joanna Wallfisch and Claire Martin, plus more birthday shout outs to Dusty Springfield and Carline Ray (member of the International Sweethearts of ...

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Celebrating Sarah Vaughan And A New Betty Carter Recording

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The final Sunday of Womens History Month includes new releases from Bob Dorough, Gabrielle Stravelli, Patricia Barber plus a first listen to Betty Carter's first posthumous recording of a live 1992 concert in the early days of Jazz at Lincoln Center, with birthday shout outs to legendary vocalists Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Astrud Gilberto, and Pearl ...

Federica Michisanti

Read "Federica Michisanti" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Dave King Trio, I've Been Ringing You (Sunnyside, 2012).

Ho visto questo trio dal vivo a Roma un anno e mezzo fa ed ho acquistato il loro disco. King è un musicista eccezionale e mi piace il suo interplay con Bill Carrothers e Billy Peterson.

2. Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Plays Debussy ...

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Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson To Release "Perfectly Out Of Place"

Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson To Release "Perfectly Out Of Place"

Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson to Release Perfectly Out of Place. Available May 6, 2016 on 5Passion. Featuring: Will Vinson (alto & soprano saxophones, synthesizers), Gonzalo Rubalcaba (piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizers), Matt Penman (bass), Jeff Ballard (drums), Jo Lawry (vocal), Jamey Haddad (additional percussion on “Skyrider") & The Mivos Quartet (Olivia De Prato, Joshua Modney: violins, Victor Lowrie: viola, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jon Lundbom's Big Five Chord: No New Tunes

Read "No New Tunes" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Certainly not straight-ahead jazz, decidedly not fusion, and not really free-jazz either, guitarist/composer Jon Lundbom and his Big Five Chord have taken a decidedly idiosyncratic path that simultaneously eschews and embraces all of these sub-genres, while largely rejecting their collective stylistic baggage. This judiciously iconoclastic individualism is what one can expect from Lundbom, a musician whose ...

Take Five With Jasmine Lovell-Smith

Read "Take Five With Jasmine Lovell-Smith" reviewed by Jasmine Lovell-Smith

Meet Jasmine Lovell-Smith:
Jasmine Lovell-Smith is a composer and saxophonist from New Zealand, currently based in New York City. Born to an American mother, a trained opera vocalist, and a Kiwi father, the voice was her first instrument. After discovering jazz in high school, Jasmine took up the saxophone and went on to graduate ...

Vicious World: Vicious World Plays The Music of Rufus Wainwright

Read "Vicious World Plays The Music of Rufus Wainwright" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Rufus Wainwright is one of those musicians whose work straddles several different musical genres--pop, rock, Broadway, and folk music all figure prominently into his oeuvre. While not a jazz artist by any stretch, Wainwright's music is certainly sophisticated and multilayered enough to withstand instrumental reinvention by modern jazz artists. Even without vocals, Wainwright's artistry literally thrives ...

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Kaz Simmons: Dandelions

Read "Dandelions" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Combining a voice of crystalline purity, a neat lyrical touch, some superb backing musicians and a few lushly romantic arrangements, Kaz Simmons' Dandelions has a gorgeous heart and a few twists and turns that surprise, delight and occasionally mystify by turn.

This is Simmons' third album: the second on her own Fast Awake ...

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MTO Plays SLY: Steven Bernstein's Tribute to Sly & The Family Stone

MTO Plays SLY: Steven Bernstein's Tribute to Sly & The Family Stone

STEVEN BERNSTEIN'S MILLENNIAL TERRITORY ORCHESTRA Pays Tribute To The Music Of SLY & THE FAMILY STONE On Third Studio Album MTO PLAYS SLY With Special Guests ANTONY HEGARTY, BERNIE WORRELL, BILL LASWELL, DEAN BOWMAN, MARTHA WAINWRIGHT, SANDRA ST. VICTOR, SHILPA RAY and VERNON REID Available SEPTEMBER 27 On LP, CD & Mp3 from ROYAL POTATO FAMILY New York City's favorite “little ...

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Rufus Wainwright Creates His Own Oz

The devoted fan dressed up as Judy Garland during a 2007 concert that has been turned into a CD and DVD, 'Milwaukee at Last!'

Martin Scorsese once called Rufus Wainwright a “one-man Greek chorus." The hyperliterate singer-songwriter is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, a devoted fan of Judy Garland and ...