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ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence

Read "Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Attention to details and impeccable standards coupled with a desirous curiosity and a wealth of talent have served Dave Weckl well. The savvy and astute musician has meticulously traversed the jazz and fusion world over the past few decades. Weckl is on a very short list when the topic of drumming icons is broached. Perhaps best ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Polly Gibbons: All I Can Do

Read "All I Can Do" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È sufficiente ascoltare qualche brano dell'inglese Polly Gibbons per lasciarsi prendere dal suo esuberante feeling. Niente a che vedere con le molte vocalist che hanno invaso la scena con una mediocre e plastificata sintesi di pop, jazz e soul. La giovane scoperta dal produttore Ian Shaw è qualcosa di speciale. Il suo timbro è profondo, la ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Wild Is Love - Celebrating Nat King Cole's Centennial

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We take a brief detour in the middle of Women's History Month to celebrate the centennial of Nat “King" Cole in the second hour and play some of the songs he was famous for. The show also includes new releases from guitarist/vocalists Camila Meza, John Pizzarelli, and trumpeter Samantha Boshnack with more birthday shout outs to ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Al Jarreau

Jazz Musician of the Day: Al Jarreau

All About Jazz is celebrating Al Jarreau's birthday today!

Al Jarreau’s unique vocal style is one of the world’s most precious treasures. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with seven Grammy Awards, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide. It’s not ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Anthony Jefferson: A New Orleans Vocalist At Home In The Dominican Republic

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New Orleans native Anthony Jefferson began singing during childhood in an environment rich in blues, jazz, and R&B, later studying classical repertoire at the California Institute of the Arts and continuing at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Prior to forming his own band, Jefferson shared the stage with artists such as Mark Rapp, Willie Jones ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Contemporary Carols by Women and Grammy nominations

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This Christmas Eve's broadcast included new releases by Allison Au, Camille Thurman and John Daversa Big Band, with a first look at some Grammy nominees, plus birthday shout outs to Edith Piaf, Bob Brookmeyer and Lil Green , among others.

Playlist Geri Allen “Joy and Wonder" from The Gathering (Verve) 00:00 Champian Fulton “Merry ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Joni Mitchell Turns 75; Remembering Roy Hargrove

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This post-election broadcast celebrates the new wave of women in the House and Senate -also remembering Roy Hargrove (1969-2018) in the second hour plus a special 75th birthday tribute to Joni Mitchell in the third hour.

Playlist Roxy Coss “Nevertheless She Persisted" from The Future Is Female (Posi-Tone) 00:00 Ethel Ennis “If Women Ruled ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map

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The Baku Jazz Festival has been a labor of love for its founder and Artistic Director, Rain Sultanov. And, like most love stories, there have been a few bumps along the road. Thirteen editions in, however, the Baku Jazz Festival is well established as one of the highpoints of Azerbaijan's annual cultural calendar. It mightn't draw ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Barbara Reed: On Stage

Read "On Stage" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Musicians who are also authors tend to be relatively common -it's those Muse juices, you know. Mary Higgins Clark would title her books with the names of well-known popular songs. Popster parrotter Jimmy Buffett and even Madonna have penned. Barbara Reed, however, does it all: she's an outstanding vocalist/pianist/composer/lyricist--and a celebrated author whose work on all ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazzmeia Horn Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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There is great anticipation surrounding Jazzmeia Horn. She has already been compared to Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, and she received compliments from Jon Hendricks and Al Jarreau. Her singing and vocalese skills are of the highest level, and on top of that she does not shy away from addressing current social issues.

On ...