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Kitty Margolis

Kitty Margolis is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and inspired singers in jazz today. Her imaginative improvisations, dynamism, and inventive scat have redefined the art of jazz vocals. Jazz Times has praised her "visionary approach to melody and rhythm," and noted New York writer Stanley Crouch observes, "Kitty Margolis is an original who has made the heritage of all the great jazz singers her own. Beyond her virtuoso technique, she has an epic feeling, a willful breadth of emotion that is artfully focused on the details of life. She is not afraid to be as intimate as a diary or as athletic as necessary in order to stand up to the power of her band

ARTICLE: RADIO

Moon's Up, Night's Up - Taking the Town By Surprise

Read "Moon's Up, Night's Up - Taking the Town By Surprise" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The annual celebratory broadcast for Joni Mitchell included an assortment of her songs by various jazz artists, plus new releases from Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Norah Jones, saxophonist T.K. Blue, singer/poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein), and vibraphone artist Lolly Allen; also more birthday shout outs to Chris Conner, Betty Bryant (going strong at ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Joni Mitchell Turns 75; Remembering Roy Hargrove

Read "Joni Mitchell Turns 75; Remembering Roy Hargrove" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

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: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Christmas

Read "Christmas" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

'Tis the season. Just ask Jazz At The Ballroom. That Bay Area-based non-profit arts organization is making spirits bright with this collection of music showcasing top-flight artists who've appeared in its concerts. Everybody from the illustrious Freddy Cole to the supremely suave Nicki Parrott to the bright-eyed Champian Fulton gets in on the action. Good vibes ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Sheila Jordan: Now's The Time

Read "Sheila Jordan: Now's The Time" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Sheila Jordan, one of the last great jazz vocalists from the bebop era turns eighty six on 18 November. Happy Birthday Sheila! There's much to celebrate. The Pennsylvanian-born singer's remarkable life story has just been published--the first complete biography to cover Jordan's life and career in detail. Written by Ellen Johnson over seven years, Jazz Child: ...

NEWS: EVENT

Third Annual Mark Murphy Celebration at Yoshi's Oakland Nov. 14

Third Annual Mark Murphy Celebration at Yoshi's Oakland Nov. 14

For the third consecutive year, jazz vocal icon Mark Murphy will be celebrated at a fundraiser for the Jazzschool Institute's vocal scholarship named in his honor. One of the most gifted and original male jazz vocalists of the last 50 years, the six-time Grammy nominee has inspired generations of nascent jazz singers. The benefit concert will ...

NEWS: EVENT

Mark Murphy to be Celebrated at October 20 Concert, Yoshi's Oakland

Mark Murphy to be Celebrated at October 20 Concert, Yoshi's Oakland

As one of the most original and gifted male jazz vocalists to perform over the last 50 years, six-time Grammy Award nominee Mark Murphy has inspired generations of up-and-coming jazz singers. On Tuesday, October 20, at 8:00 pm, an eclectic coterie of renowned vocalists who “grew up” under the wing of Murphy’s mentorship will come together ...

Take Five With Adam Shulman

Read "Take Five With Adam Shulman" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Adam Shulman: Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene since he moved to the city in 2002. Before the move, Adam was a student at UC Santa Cruz where he studied with the great Smith Dobson and the trumpeter/arranger Ray Brown. He received his degree in classical performance under the ...

Heart and Soul: Live in San Francisco

Label: Mad-Kat
Released: 2005
Track listing: Love Walked In, A Sleepin' Bee, Summertime, Heart and Soul, Your Mind Is on Vacation, Secret Love, Surrey with the Fringe on Top, Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year, I'm Always Drunk in San Francisco, My Favorite Things, While We're Young.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kitty Margolis: Heart and Soul: Live in San Francisco

Read "Heart and Soul: Live in San Francisco" reviewed by Andrew Rowan

Kitty Margolis has a solid reputation and an enthusiastic fan base, and this recording shows why. A rock-solid singer with great chops, Margolis ranges through the Great American Songbook, throwing in a couple of curves on this live session. In her notes, Margolis states that improvisation is at the core of her art. ...


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