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Pianist/composer Helen Sung has spent most of her life in two distinct worlds. A classical student from a young age who transitioned to jazz in her early twenties, she understands the limitless range and potential of the piano in a way that few specialists in either genre can. In addition, as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, Sung embodies two diverse cultures and has discovered a musical voice and identity that are true to both - and more importantly, true to herself. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Sung began classical piano and violin lessons at age five, studying during her formative teenage years with a severe teacher of the Russian classical piano tradition. Helen walked this straight and narrow path all the way through four years of Houston's acclaimed High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), choosing to continue her classical piano studies at the University of Texas in Austin despite her parents' hopes that she pursue a more traditional career in medicine. Her plan was to become a concert pianist, enter competitions, and most likely teach in tandem with performing, but a seismic shift occurred in her last year of undergraduate studies, when a friend invited her to a Harry Connick, Jr., concert. Helen recalls, "He performed with his big band and they were very entertaining

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Year New Decade

Read "New Year New Decade" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy New Year! The first broadcast of the new decade included new releases by Works for Me, Viktori Japilatovic and Bill Cunliffe, with birthday shout outs to vocalists Susannah McCorkle (pictured), Nancy Lamott, Michelle Walker, Georgia Mancio and Jelena Jovović, saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, pianists Myra Melford and Lisa Hilton, clarinetist Anat Cohen and Clark Terry, among ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pianist Helen Sung with Vocalist Charenee Wade at South Jazz Kitchen

Read "Pianist Helen Sung with Vocalist Charenee Wade at South Jazz Kitchen" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pianist Helen Sung with Vocalist Charenee Wade South Jazz Kitchen Philadelphia, PA December 14, 2019 On this occasion at the South Jazz Kitchen in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, Helen Sung, a pianist who is an established contributor to the New York and international jazz scenes, brought ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Get It Straight - Thelonious Monk Is Still Cooking at 102

Read "Get It Straight - Thelonious Monk Is Still Cooking at 102" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Big birthday shout outs to Thelonious Monk and Roy Kral (pictured with Jackie Cain), along with singers Nancy Kelly, Emma Larsson, Amy Cervini, Lee Wiley, Nona Hendryx, drummer Eve Sicular, trumpeter Pam Fleming, pianists Linda Presgrave and Johnny O'Neal among others; with a bounty harvest of new releases from trumpeter Bria Skonberg, pianists Leslie Pintchik and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Autumn's Embrace and September Song

Read "Autumn's Embrace and September Song" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy Fall to all! This equinox broadcast includes new releases from guitarist Claudette King, vocalists Tish Oney, Kelley Johnson, Carolyn Fitzhugh and Chiara Izzi, pianist Sumitra and saxophonist Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School, with birthday shout outs to saxophonist Vi Redd (pictured), pianists Lovie Austin, Bobby Short, Kait Dunton, Helen Sung and Champian Fulton, guitarist Emily ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Helen Sung: Sung with Words

Read "Sung with Words" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Solidamente collocata in area mainstream dagli anni del suo esordio, agli inizi del millennio, la texana Helen Sung s'è fatta apprezzare per il brillante pianismo e la guida di vivaci formazioni con eccellenti partner. L'estetica di fondo del nuovo disco non è diversa dai lavori precedenti ma aggiunge un'interessante relazione con la poesia, ispirata ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Notre Vie Comme Un Western

Read "Notre Vie Comme Un Western" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Bastille Day broadcast included new releases from John Finbury & Thelma De Freitas, Calabria Foti, Peter Eldridge & Kenny Werner and Maggie Gould plus birthday shout outs to songwriters Jimmy McHugh, Joan Whitney, saxophonist Lauren Sevian, drummer Gayelynn McKinney, cellist Akua Dixon, bassist Iris Ornig, vocalists Suzanne Pittson, Debbie Harry, Luciana Souza and trumpter Carol ...

Meet Andrew Rothman

Read "Meet Andrew Rothman" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Lawyer, audiophile, lifelong arts enthusiast, our newest Super Fan's life plan was to be a classical pianist, until college took him in another direction. But it was two “major epiphanies" (the first time he heard Miles Davis and, later, Bill Evans) that turned him into a jazz Super Fan--such a Super Fan, in fact, that he ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Take Me Downtown, It's a Hot Summer Night

Read "Take Me Downtown, It's a Hot Summer Night" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

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 !

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019: Week 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada July 2-6, 2019 The festival celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with the usual dazzling array of musical offerings. And a few that were unusual: including concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of ECM Records (founder Manfred Eicher was awarded the Bruce ...


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