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Popsicle Illusion and Sweet Summer Love

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This midsummer broadcast Included new releases from vocalists Lori Williams, Barb Jungr and Lisa Rich, pianists George Cables, Hiroe Sekine, and a 10th anniversary reissue from bassist John Miller, with birthday shout outs to Jazz Masters Annie Ross and Joanne Brackeen, plus vocalists Lainie Cooke, Janis Siegel, Nnenna Freelon, Karrin Allyson and Carla Hassett, among others. ...

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Take Me Downtown, It's a Hot Summer Night

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The first broadcast of the Summer includes hot new releases from saxophonists Pureum Jin and Stan Getz, flutist Ragan Whiteside, pianist Yoko Miwa, vocalist Lauren Henderson, and the Ed Palermo Big Band, with birthday shout outs to Sammy Cahn, Manny Albam, Jaimie Branch, Cyndi Lauper, Sue Raney and Deborah Weisz, among others. Happy Solstice !

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This Will Make You Laugh - Famous Jazz Fathers and Their Children

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The Fathers Day broadcast included new releases from Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Roxy Coss, Anat Cohen and Camila Meza, with birthday shout outs to the songwriters Irene Higgenbotham, Ivan Lins and Cy Coleman, pianists Geri Allen, Monika Herzig and Daryl Sherman, vocalists Nancy King, Alicia Olatuja, and harpist Carol Robbins, among others. Plus we hear from some ...

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Fats Waller Opens; Miles Davis and Peggy Lee Share a Birthday

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This broadcast includes new releases from bassist Nicki Parrott, pianist Anat Fort and vocalists Judy Wexler, Georgia Mancio, Paul Jost and Tierney Sutton, with birthday shout outs to Fats Waller at the top of the show, Peggy Lee, Jackie Cain and Miles Davis in the second hour, plus Sheryl Bailey, Cynthia Sayer and Denise Donatelli, among ...

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Judy Wexler

Los Angeles-based vocalist Judy Wexler has been garnering rave reviews and fans across the country and around the world. A touring and recording artist, she has headlined at jazz festivals, performing arts centers and major jazz clubs both nationally and internationally. She has a pliably warm, lustrous sound and displays an unerring ear for underexposed gems. She began studying music at a very young age and spent her early years training in theater and performing in plays, musicals and television — skills which have helped make her a consummate interpreter of lyrics. All About Jazz says, “Judy Wexler is more than a mere singer of songs, she is an actress, mood painter, song archaeologist and vocalist par excellence.” Her fifth CD, a collaboration with piano great Alan Pasqua called Crowded Heart (June 2019, Jewel City Jazz), presents “jazz standards for the 21st century,” an anthology of ten modern jazz compositions by contemporary songwriters

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On Her 5th CD, 'Crowded Heart,' Vocalist Judy Wexler Presents New Jazz Standards For The 21st Century

On Her 5th CD, 'Crowded Heart,' Vocalist Judy Wexler Presents New Jazz Standards For The 21st Century

On Crowded Heart, vocalist Judy Wexler presents an anthology of ten jazz compositions by current songwriters that she feels deserve a place in the “new jazz standards repertoire.” Arranged by piano great Alan Pasqua and featuring a band that comprises some of the finest, first-call musicians in Southern California, these tunes are the perfect vehicle for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Judy Wexler: Crowded Heart

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"Tribute," “re-imagined," “remembered," “Great American Songbook." You won't see or hear those words anywhere on Crowded Heart, Judy Wexler's fifth and best effort to date. What you will hear are 10 sublime cuts from some of the finest composers and lyricists in the game. Here Wexler revels in songs where romance and all of its kaleidoscopic ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Judy Wexler: Crowded Heart

Read "Crowded Heart" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

For her fifth album, Judy Wexler has embraced a concept that's oddly foreign in the jazz vocal realm. Instead of walking her way down the all-too-familiar avenues for singers—classic Broadway-cum-jazz material, canonical works written by revered jazz figures, pop tunes reshaped with harmonic facelifts, self-penned originals—she takes the road less traveled by focusing on the work ...

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The Empress of the Blues

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This broadcast opens with a celebration of the music of Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, in honor of her birthday, with new releases from saxophonist Melissa Aldana, vocalists Emma Larsson, Marc Jordan, Joanna Wallfisch and Claire Martin, plus more birthday shout outs to Dusty Springfield and Carline Ray (member of the International Sweethearts of ...

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Expressive Vocalist Gary Brumburgh Releases "Moonlight" On Cafe Pacific Records

Expressive Vocalist Gary Brumburgh Releases "Moonlight" On Cafe Pacific Records

For vocalist Gary Brumburgh, the lyrics of a song are like dialogue from a play, and when he sings, he approaches the material much like an actor prepares for a role. The lyrics, along with the music, suggest to him a scene and a persona with distinct emotions and motivation. This technique allows him to pour ...