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Wild Is Love - Celebrating Nat King Cole's Centennial

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We take a brief detour in the middle of Women's History Month to celebrate the centennial of Nat “King" Cole in the second hour and play some of the songs he was famous for. The show also includes new releases from guitarist/vocalists Camila Meza, John Pizzarelli, and trumpeter Samantha Boshnack with more birthday shout outs to ...

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Songs to Aging Children Come

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This week we celebrate new releases by vocalist Cyrille Aimee, pianist Betty Bryant, saxophonist Jazmin Ghent and we give a look at some interesting old and new duets of songs by Joni Mitchell, including a new single by Carol Lipnik and Rachelle Garniez in the final hour. Then some shout outs to Barbara Carroll, Etta James, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Big Noise New York

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The first broadcast of 2019 included a preview of some of the many artists performing in New York at the Winter Jazzfest and APAP annual convention, with new releases by Simone Kopmajer, Something Blue and Stacy Sullivan, plus birthday shout outs to Myra Melford, Carol Sudhalter, James Shipp, and vocalist Christine Tobin, among others.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

MUSICIAN Born:

Maria Schafer

With a velveteen voice, charmingly straightforward delivery, and nuanced rhythmic sensibilities, versatile singer Maria Schafer enjoys presenting lyrical gems from the realms of jazz standards, Brazilian music, and pop tunes in beautifully modern arrangements. Currently touring as the featured vocalist with The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ms. Schafer has enjoyed the opportunity to perform for audiences across the United States, Canada, Australia, Latvia, and Japan. As a recording artist, Ms. Schafer can be heard as a featured vocalist on albums "So Right..." from The James Kob Experience, "Living In The Question" from sax player Eric Hirschhorn, and "Singin' In The Rain" and "Imagine", both from vocal jazz group Singcopation. Maria has been awarded Outstanding Soloist Awards at the Next Generation Jazz Festival and Reno Jazz Festival, and for 4 consecutive years served as a leading member of vocal jazz groups which won Downbeat Student Awards for "Best Vocal Jazz Ensemble" or "Outstanding Performance".

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 ...

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Thanksgiving Birthdays and Holiday Jazz

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An assortment of Thanksgiving-inspired jazz to whet your appetite and get your gratitude on, with birthday shout outs to Mose Allison, Rickie Lee Jones, Johnny Mercer and Sheila Jordan, plus a preview of who's performing in NYC for the holidays.

Playlist Jen Hodge “The Swamp Bucket Challenge" from All's Fair in Love and Jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben Wendel: The Seasons

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Stepping out as he occasionally does from the genre-mashing ensemble Kneebody, Grammy-nominated saxophonist / bassoonist Ben Wendel takes up the challenge of interpreting the seasons as they exist in this time of climate upheaval and delivers the dynamic, visceral The Seasons.

In 2015, inspired by Tchaikovsky's “The Seasons," Wendel set about writing and performing ...

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Halloween Mischief, Spirits and Sweet Stuff

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Our Halloween broadcast is full of musical mischief, spirits and sweet stuff, with new releases from Giacomo Gates, Ayn Inserto, Alyssa Allgood and Vivian Sessoms, plus birthday shout outs to Milton Nascimento, Jazz Master Dianne Reeves, Jay Clayton, Cleo Laine and Andy Bey.

Playlist Amanda Monaco “The Mean Reds" from Glitter (Posi-Tone Records) 00:00 ...

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My Kinda Love - Remembering Ann Richards

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In the first hour, a special birthday shout out to vocalist Ann Richards, whose brief career and mysterious death could be a film noir; along with new releases from Grammy nominated lyricist Lorraine Feather, a collection of new songs by pianist Renee Rosnes and writer David Hajdu and more.

Playlist Dotti Anita Taylor “The ...