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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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues - Happy birthday to Ida Cox

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This broadcast on the first Sunday of Women's History Month included new releases from Jenna Mammina, Lioness and Claudia Acuna with birthday shout outs to Ida Cox, baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, vocalists Roseanna Vitro, Sara Gazarek, Sara Serpa, and pianist Kirk Nurock among others, plus a sampling of who's playing around town and tributes to Andre ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bergamo Jazz Festival 2019

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Bergamo Jazz Festival
Varie sedi
21-24.3.2019

Il Bergamo Jazz Festival non cessa di rinnovarsi nella continuità. È stato questo il quarto e ultimo anno della direzione artistica di Dave Douglas. Nel 2020 il testimone passerà nelle mani di Maria Pia De Vito. Scelta opportuna non solo perché la cantante napoletana introdurrà la ...

ARTICLE: NEW & NOTEWORTHY

Nuove vocalist all’orizzonte

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Nuove vocalist crescono. Da qualche anno, sia nel jazz che nella black popular music, sono emerse vocalist di talento, prossime a imporsi negli anni a venire. In questa fase storica di globalizzazione spinta anche il canto jazz è entrato in una dimensione globale. Aumentano le possibilità per tutti di apprendere le forme espressive delle musiche afroamericane ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Funk in a Deep Freeze

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For the Sunday of the Women's March we played new releases by pianist Judy Night, flutist Magela Herrara, Judy Bisantz, Bob Levy and saxophonist Carol Sudhalter with birthday shout outs to Eartha Kitt, Irene Kral, Jose James, Cheryl Bentyne, Peter Eldridge, Sade, and Dolly Parton, among others.

Playlist Pam Fleming “Keep It Movin" from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ran Blake & Jeanne Lee: The Newest Sound You Never Heard

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Pianist Ran Blake has developed a reputation over the years for recording duets with vocalists, including in recent times, Sara Serpa, Dominique Eade and Christine Correa. That began back in 1961 when he released The Newest Sound Around (RCA), a remarkable set of duets with singer Jeanne Lee. The duo toured together occasionally in subsequent years ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten Artists: February 2019

Read "Ten Artists: February 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cecilia Bartoli
Antonio Vivaldi
Decca
2018

2019 marks the thirtieth anniversary of mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli recording for Decca, her label for the duration of her career. Bartoli's first recording was Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (London/Decca, 1989) opposite famous baritone Leo Nucci. My own introduction to Bartoli was through her Mozart ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ran Blake / Christine Correa: Streaming

Read "Streaming" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pianist Ran Blake has been known for his duo work with vocalists dating back to his 1962 collaboration with Jeanne Lee, The Newest Sound Around (RCA Victor). In recent years, he has been working with three individualistic singers, Sara Serpa, Dominique Eade and Christine Correa. The year 2017 brought a session of folk songs and soundtrack ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sara Serpa: Close Up

Read "Close Up" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Finalmente un album pienamente convincente della cantante portoghese (qui anche autrice di tutto il materiale tematico), spesso preziosa, nella sua produzione, ma altrove (anche all'interno di uno stesso lavoro, suo o altrui) un po' disarticolata, quasi schizoide, magari solo curiosa, e comunque alterna nella resa in concreto. Sarà senz'altro anche merito dei due musicisti che l'affiancano, ...

Seven Women 2018 – Part V

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An embarrassment of riches...

Shirley Crabbe
Bridges
MaiSong Music
2018

Vocalist Shirley Crabbe's 2011 debut recording, Home (Self Produced), was very well received, with critic Edward Blanco noting that the singer has, ..."a warm approach to the music, her smooth vocals seem a perfect fit for voicing ...