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Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor

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Marcus Miller is most often described as a jazz, funk, soul, fusion, and R&B bassist. As much as that is accurate, it is a description that falls well short of the mark. Miller is a high-end musical sponge who manages to incorporate today's cultures and rhythms into his compositions, layered within the framework of sound he ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Downhearted Blues and Music in the Air

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Happy 90th birthday to alto saxophonist Vi Redd, who opens the broadcast, along with Downhearted Blues from fellow Libra Lovie Austin. In the third hour, some hurricane inspired music followed by tributes to John Coltrane, Jon Hendricks and Leonard Cohen with a reminder from Willie Nelson to stay “Young at Heart."

Playlist Vi ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dinah Washington, Teri Thornton and a Cornucopia of New Releases

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In this episode we celebrate some heavyweight jazz birthdays --Dinah Washington, Teri Thornton and Alice Coltrane, to name a few. Plus a bumper crop of new releases as summer winds down.

Playlist The Diva Jazz Orchestra “The Rhythm Changes" from The Diva Jazz Orchestra: 25th Anniversary Project (ArtistShare) 00:00 Madeleine Peyroux “On a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ken Vandermark / Marker: Roadwork 1/Roadwork2/Homework1 (Box Set)

Read "Roadwork 1/Roadwork2/Homework1 (Box Set)" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Reed player, composer and improviser Ken Vandermark has led, or been a part of, more than fifty different groups in his prolific twenty-year recording career. Along the way he has played with many of the top talents in experimental, free, and avant-garde jazz, including Joe McPhee, Joe Morris, Paul Lytton, Marcin Oles, Adam Lane, Ab Baars, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

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If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

In 1944, Stan Kenton and Charles Lawrence wrote a song called “And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine." Little is known about Lawrence, how he came to write the song with Kenton, or what influenced Joe Greene's lyric—a noir tale about a “sad tomato" wronged by her thuggish husband, whom she shoves into the river only to ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Videos: Back Women Cross Over

Videos: Back Women Cross Over

African-American women came into their own in the early 1960s as solo pop singers. Long pegged as jazz or R&B recording artists in the '50s or members of girl groups in the early '60s, African-American women began to cross over to the pop charts thanks largely to exposure on major record labels, runs at supper clubs ...

Meet Donna M.

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Reader: Are you a jazz Super Fan? Do you know a jazz Super Fan? If so, be sure to see the call-to-action at the end of this column. But first, meet our Super Fan for June, Donna M.:

Raised on soul music, Donna M. was a relative late-comer to jazz (Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts score ...

Amina Claudine Myers

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Il tratto principale della mia musica.
Il piano e la voce gospel delle origini, che suonavo da ragazza. Questo era durante il periodo del Gospel classico, in cui gruppi al femminile come Clara Ward, The Davis Sisters e le Gospel Harmonettes' andavano in radio e facevano concerti.

La qualità che desidero nei musicisti ...

Meet Roberta DeNicola

Read "Meet Roberta DeNicola" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Roberta DeNicola, a favorite of musicians on New York City's downtown and experimental jazz scenes, has very broad taste in jazz--from straight-ahead to out--but the more out it is, the more she needs to experience it live. She saw her first jazz concert (jazz flutist Hubert Laws) on a date with her teenage boyfriend. However, it ...