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Famous Jazz Mothers And Their Young

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The Mothers Day broadcast included new releases from Molly Hammer, Mary Stallings, Vivian Sessoms and Lisa Maxwell, with birthday shout outs to Carla Bley in the first hour, Mary Lou Williams in the second hour, plus vocalists Judi Silvano, John Proulx, Barb Jungr and trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis, among others, plus cuts from some famous jazz mothers ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Twilight World - Celebrating Marian McPartland, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Joni 75

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The penultimate week of Women's History Month broadcast includes new releases from guitarist Mimi Fox, trombonists Naomi Moon Siegel and Natalie Cressman, pianist Lara Downes, the group Five Play led by drummer Sherrie Maricle and vocalists Sivan Arbel and Patrice Jegou, as well as a first listen to the live recording of Joni Mitchell''s 75th year ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

What We Need Are Hearts On Fire

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Sample sweet holiday music from Beegie Adair, plus new releases by pianists Harold Mabern and Sue Palmer, with birthday shout outs to Diane Schuur, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams (celebrating his centennial this year), Jazz Master Bob Dorough, Cassandra Wilson and lyricist Morgan Ames, among others.

Playlist Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band “The Little Drummer ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Roy Kral and Thelonious Monk birthdays; RIP Carol Hall

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Celebrating mid-October birthdays with songs by pianist/composer Roy Kral, who with his wife vocalist Jackie Cain formed the duo group Jackie & Roy, and also Thelonious Monk a year after his centennial. Also remembering songwriter Carol Hall (1936-2018) best known for the Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, but who also contributed lyrics to ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

James Hall: Lattice

Read "Lattice" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

James Hall uses an interesting combination of instruments you rarely hear in a jazz quintet on this CD, with his trombone and Jamie Baum's flute sharing the front line. The result, full of cool high-low harmonies, is an intriguing sound that goes in many different directions.

The lilting weave of “Shoy" showcases how well ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Deanna Witkowski: Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns

Read "Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The improvisatory phrase and the song of praise don't stem from the same place, but who's to say they can't break bread together? With Makes The Heart To Sing: Jazz Hymns, pianist Deanna Witkowski erases lines between the strict-toned sacred and malleable secular, creating music that manages to be tradition-minded and open-minded all at once.

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist Deanna Witkowski Presents Trio Arrangements Of 14 Hymns On "Makes The Heart To Sing: Jazz Hymns," Set For November 3 Release

Pianist Deanna Witkowski Presents Trio Arrangements Of 14 Hymns On "Makes The Heart To Sing: Jazz Hymns," Set For November 3 Release

Grace, serenity, and rhapsody are on abundant display throughout the 14 songs pianist Deanna Witkowski performs with her trio on Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns, set for release November 3 on Tilapia Records. One would expect this to be the case, given that the source material is not the Great American Songbook, but the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Vocalist Dolores Scozzesi Debuts At New York's Metropolitan Room, Sunday, March 19th

Jazz Vocalist Dolores Scozzesi Debuts At New York's Metropolitan Room, Sunday, March 19th

jny: Los Angeles-based jazz vocalist Dolores Scozzesi finally brings her unique brand of storytelling to jny: New York City in her debut performance at The Metropolitan Room on Sunday, March 19th with one show at 7:00pm. Accompanying Ms. Scozzesi are Deanna Witkowski (piano), Daniel Foose (bass) and Alexander Kautz (drums). Tickets can be purchased here. Scozzesi was ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sophisticated Ladies: Piano Gems of the Past Year

Sophisticated Ladies: Piano Gems of the Past Year

Claire Ritter, Deanna Witkowski and Janice Friedman are not household names on the piano jazz circuit. But like the best ingredients, their taste and intrigue far outshines their notoriety. In late 2014 and 2015, each released a recording worthy of “top ten" status as well as repeated listening. Once a student of Mary Lou Williams and ...