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The Empress of the Blues

Read "The Empress of the Blues" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

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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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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Them There Eyes & Songs for the New Year

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Welcome September and happy New Year! In the first hour, a celebration of songs by Doris Tauber (composer of “Them There Eyes" and “Drinking Again"), followed by artists covering songs by Maria Schneider, and new releases to herald the change of season.

Playlist Rachel Z “All I Want" from Moon at the Window ...

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The South Florida Jazz Orchestra: The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming

Read "The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When a big band devotes an entire album to the compositions and arrangements of one musician, the obvious opening question is: why? In other words, who is Gary Lindsay and why is the South Florida Jazz Orchestra performing his music? In brief, the answer is that Lindsay, an alto saxophonist and well-respected educator, has written and ...

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University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band 1: The Romeo and Juliet Project

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The University of Northern Colorado's Lab Band 1 has been a dominant force on the intercollegiate jazz scene for many years, first under director Gene Aitken and more recently Dana Landry whose latest enterprise with the band, The Romeo and Juliet Project, was of course inspired by William Shakespeare's incomparable paean to young love and its ...

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Denise Donatelli: Find a Heart

Read "Find a Heart" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Multi Grammy nominee vocalist Denise Donatelli, unveils another gem of an album with the much-anticipated Find A Heart, collaborating once again with producer/arranger, pianist Geoffrey Keezer documenting a surprisingly new direction for the singer as she ventures into the non-standards area. The Great American Songbook will always be with us, here to stay forever as new ...

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Vertical Voices - The Music Of Maria Schneider

Vertical Voices - The Music Of Maria Schneider

Julia Dollison and Kerry Marsh have long been known as some of the most talented vocalists in the a cappella and vocal jazz ensemble worlds. When the husband and wife duo decided to create a recording in which they recreated the complex big band works of Maria Schneider, many people including Maria herself thought they were insane. Julia and ...

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Denise Donatelli: When Lights are Low

Read "When Lights are Low" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

A recent news photo depicted pop singer, Lady Gaga, accepting an MTV Video Music Award bedecked in a gown of raw meat. While reactions to that stunt went to understandable extremes--condone as art or revolt as déclassé--it's easy to wonder what women jazz vocalists might have thought of it. Based upon the marvelously entertaining and stylistically ...

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Dollison and Marsh transform the music of Maria Schneider

Dollison and Marsh transform the music of Maria Schneider

"Vertical Voices—The Music Of Maria Schneider" sets the renowned vocal duo of Julia Dollison and Kerry Marsh beside Maria Schneider's long time rhythm section of Frank Kimbrough, Ben Monder, Jay Anderson, and Clarence Penn, to create incredible vocal renditions of Maria's big band compositions. Taking on compositions such as “The Pretty Road," “Hang Gliding," and “Sky Blue," ...

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Vertical Voices - The Music Of Maria Schneider

Vertical Voices - The Music Of Maria Schneider

When the Husband and Wife team of Julia Dollison and Kerry Marsh debuted their first fan-funded CD for ArtistShare, they chose to take on an incredible task. Vertical Voices—The Music Of Maria Schneider presents Kerry and Julia recreating Maria's compositions with solely the human voice. On top of Maria's long time rhythm section of Frank Kimbrough ...