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Marabi to Miriam Makeba

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Join us for part one of an eight-part series exploring the past and present of South Africa's Jazz scene. In this first section, we look at the early pre-Jazz musical roots in South Africa, exploring marabi, ghoema, and isicathamiya, and find out how these styles came to inform a uniquely South African take on Jazz!

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John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Miho Hazama & other great new releases

Read "John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Miho Hazama & other great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The summer is almost over and the pace at which new albums are being released is picking up... This week we focus on a few new gems, including two remarkable tributes to Thelonious Monk, the mighty Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk (in six volumes!) by Miles Okazaki and the idiosyncratic The MONK: Live at ...

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A conversation with Elio Villafranca

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Pianist and composer, Elio Villafranca's new album, Cinque is the product of an earnest and careful execution of creativity. This album seamlessly educates and entertains, and in the same breath invites the listener to introspect.

Join me as I talk with the Cuban pianist about Cinque, Cuba, Childish Gambino, and other carefully related ...

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Love Songs for August

Read "Love Songs for August" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

"What fresh Hell is this?" We begin with songs by Dorothy Parker, who, though best known for her sharp wisecracks, turned out several luscious standards in her day. In the second hour, we salute the great Count Basie then usher in the Leonard Bernstein centennial celebration; plus there is a bumper crop of new releases to ...

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Honoring Aretha & Timeless Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh

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This week we remember the legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in the second hour and enjoy a sampling of standards with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh plus songs by women who wrote with pianist Jimmy Rowles whose centennial is being celebrated this year.

Playlist Lynne Arriale “Woodstock" from Give Us These Days ...

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Aretha in Jazz & New Releases

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This week we pay homage to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, looking into her early jazz forays and her influence on many jazz musicians. We'll then dive into a bin full of extraordinary new albums.

Happy listening!

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from ...

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Black Motor, Tomasz Stanko and Other New Releases

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Finland's power trio, Black Motor, is sure to get your own motor running with a pair of tracks from a live recording issued by We Jazz. The music comes from a We Jazz festival held in Berlin in October last year which showcases some of their artists. This week's show also features music from the heart ...

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Celebrate songwriters Abbey Lincoln and Bernice Petkere

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Many special birthdays in this episode of A Broad Spectrum as we honor the great Abbey Lincoln and remember Bernice Petkere, named the “Queen of Tin Pan Alley" by Irving Berlin for her songs “Close Your Eyes" and “"Lullaby of the Leaves."

Playlist Linda Dachtyl “A Late One" from A Late One (Chicken ...

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Come Up to the Fender

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It's a mixed-bag this fortnight, with two brand new releases by up and comers (Sasha Mashin and Hubert DuPont), a theme album by a Spanish guitar-slinger, and one of many attempts to turn the jazzy music of Steely Dan into full-blown jazz. Pop matters features brief discussions of British odd-ball musicians Brian Eno and Syd Barrett, ...

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Tomasz Dabrowski, Thumbscrew and other new releases

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Back in January 2018, for all intents and purposes, Cuneiform Records shut down most of their operation. A total reassessment of their position in the industry and the state of the industry itself were scheduled. Would they be back or not? Lo and behold, some months later they returned and we have to thank Mary Halvorson, ...