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NEWS: RECORDING

Grammy Nominee The Cedric Burnside Project Drops New Release On February 12 Entitled Backwater Blues

Grammy Nominee The Cedric Burnside Project Drops New Release On February 12 Entitled Backwater Blues

Pass the Pick Productions to release new single and video of Grammy nominated The Cedric Burnside Project Release of the Bessie Smith classic “BackwaterBlues" Due Out February 12 via Pass The Pick Productions/BFD/The Orchard. Cedric Burnside and Trenton Ayers, who together form The Cedric Burnside Project, are today's living connection to the traditional Mississippi Hill Country Blues ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Billie Holiday: Lady Sings The Blues

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Lady Sings The Blues
Billie Holiday/William Dufty
180 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-241-35129-1
Penguin Modern Classics
2018

For many, Billie Holiday was the greatest of all the jazz singers, while her emotive delivery and tragic persona seemed to embody the early jazz life in all its boho chic and with all ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues Tribute at The Cabot

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Bessie-Empress of the Blues Tribute
The Cabot
Beverly, MA
December 4, 2018

In a wonderful coincidence of timing, The Cabot, in Beverly, Ma. celebrated and honored the great and legendary blues vocalist icon, The Empress of the Blues--Bessie Smith -at the very same time the beautiful newly renovated 1920's theater venue ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2018

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The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel
Beethoven Revisited Symphonies 1-9

One thing that can be bragged on regarding Beethoven's nine symphonies is their artistic durability and persistence. As the pinnacle of Western Musical thought, we might not expect any less of this music, seemingly forged in humanity's collective unconscious, as well ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Dot Time Records Welcomes Catherine Russell

Dot Time Records Welcomes Catherine Russell

Dot Time Records is honored to announce that it has signed Catherine Russell, a celebrated vocalist and one of the greatest voices in jazz and blues, to release her upcoming album. The label and artist are joining forces with the shared goal of enriching the contemporary music scene with the release of new tracks, renditions of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Newk with Bud, a Trip in the Way-Back Machine & More

Read "Newk with Bud, a Trip in the Way-Back Machine & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We start with our usual dose of twenty-first century music (Marsico should be better known in the States!). And there's a quiz for you in tracks two and three; so pay attention!

Then, it's 19-year-old Sonny Rollins with Bud Powell from '49, followed by a walk in the Fall air where the original French ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Comes to Records

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This is the first in a series of programs that will play representative music from 100 years of jazz history. We will explore the broad sweep of that narrative; its representative and its idiosyncratic players; its durable movements and dead ends; its popular recordings and rarities. We hope you will join us over the next 100 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rory Block: A Woman’s Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith

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Blues guitarist and vocalist Rory Block serves up an inspired portrait of and homage to Bessie Smith on A Woman's Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith. Block has recorded several “tribute" albums, including Blues Walkin' Like a Man: A Tribute to Son House (Stoney Plain, 2008); Shake 'Em On Down: A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowall ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tiffany Austin: Unbroken

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One of the greatest talents of the great talent, vocalist Betty Carter, was her ability to sing in different voice personalities. She could purr the purest ballad, scat the fastest bop run, and dig the deepest in the blue notes. Carter's legacy has been wanting for a new talent to bestow its mantle...and that talent is ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bessie Smith

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bessie Smith

All About Jazz is celebrating Bessie Smith's birthday today!

“Empress of the Blues” She embodied the meaning of the blues, living the life she sang about. Bessie Smith set the standard for blues singers on how it should be done. Bessie Smith, born on Apr. 15, 1894, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was one of ten children. ...