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Labor Day at Coney Island

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The Labor Day weekend broadcast included new releases from vocalists Audrey Silver, Deb Bowman, Barb Jungr, Tracey Coryell, a single from pianist Lauren Lee, plus a collaboration of Jenny Scheinman and Allison Miller, with birthday shout outs to Dinah Washington, Alice Coltrane, Teri Thornton, Valerie Simpson and Charlie Parker, among others and a nod to the ...


Moon Songs and The Rhythm of Life

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Much to celebrate this week with new releases from MaryJo Mundy and Ken Peplowski and Diego Figueiredo, plus birthday shout outs to the great Dorothy Fields in the first hour, Phoebe Snow in the second hour, vocalists Margaret Whiting, Ruben Blades, Rufus Wainwright, Jimmy Scott, Helen Merrill and guitarist Mary Osborne, among others, with a collection ...


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 ...


The Jay Vonada Trio: Red Pajamas

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Band leader/trombonist Jay T. Vonada has shared the stage with former Frank Sinatra pianist Russ Kassoff, bassists David Finck and Jay Leonhart, as well as drummers Tim Horner and Dennis Mackrel. He also leads several bands, is a member of the Zeropoint Big Band and performs in various venues throughout the Aaronsburg and central region of ...


Take Five With Jay Vonada

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Meet Jay Vonada:
Trombonist Jay T. Vonada, of Aaronsburg Pennsylvania, had his debut CD, Jammin', released on Tuesday July 22, 2008. His latest CD, Red Pajamas, was released in January of 2012 and features trombone, organ and drums.

Vonada attended Mansfield University in the fall of 1993, studying jazz improvisation with Dr. Michael ...


BuJazzO: That's German for Swinging Big Band Jazz

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On August 8, my friend Wes Pfarner and I drove to Santa Fe for a once-in-a lifetime event: a performance by the German Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra, better known to big band enthusiasts by its more condensed and colorful name, BuJazzO. The twenty-piece ensemble, directed by Jiggs Whigham, an American trombonist and educator from Cleveland, Ohio, ...


The Russ Kassoff Big Band - RKBB 2-15-11 8 & 9:30PM - Bahai Center

The Russ Kassoff Big Band will be at the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium—Tuesday 2/15/11 at 8 & 9:30 PM FEBRUARY 15, 2011 8 & 9:30PM
The Russ Kassoff Big Band with vocalist Catherine Dupuis
Tue, February 15, 8:00pm-9:30pm
53 East 11th, New York City
Description Tuesday, February 15, 2011: The Russ ...


Russ Kassoff: Bird Fly By

Read "Bird Fly By" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Bird Fly By opens, appropriately enough, with Russ Kassoff's unaccompanied piano establishing an easygoing vibe on Gus Kahn / Walter Donaldson's flapper-era standard, “Yes, Sir, That's My Baby." He's soon joined by bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Dennis Mackrel for a groovy romp that's all but certain to leave the listener smiling. Listening to that prefatory ...


JazzWeek Radio Chart: August 2, 2010

TW LW 2W Artist TWLW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 2 17Kenny Burrell Be Yourself (HighNote) 205 176 +29 2 53 13 2 1 1 Curtis Fuller I Will Tell Her (Capri) 182 199-17 0 50 1 7 3 6 7 Dr. Lonnie Smith Spiral (Palmetto)157 154 +3 0 55 1 11 4 1849 Michael Dease Grace ...


Russ Kassoff: Bird Fly By

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As of this writing, jazz pianist Russ Kassoff is the pianist and conductor of a seventeen-piece big band, and the musical director of Come Fly Away the Twyla Tharp Broadway dance musical tribute to Frank Sinatra. These associations became the inspiration and, as Kassoff states, the “final piece of impetus...needed," for recording Bird Fly By. Not ...