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Stacey Kent

An American language student visits Europe to study French, Italian and German for a Masters degree in comparative literature. Her life takes an unexpected twist that sees Stacey Kent become one of the world's foremost jazz singers. Stacey, a recent addition to the Blue Note roster of recording artists, now boasts six best-selling albums, a string of awards, including the 2001 British Jazz Award and 2002 BBC Jazz Award for 'Best Vocalist,' the 2004 Backstage Bistro Award and the 2006 "Album of the Year" for 'The Lyric' as well as a fan base that enables her to sell out concert halls around the world. The twist of fate that took her life in this new direction was a chance meeting in Oxford with saxophonist, Jim Tomlinson

MUSICIAN Born:

Emi Takada

Born in Sapporo, Japan, Emi Takada began singing at age of 10 in the local renowned Boys and Girls Choral Group. She was moved by being able to communicate with others through music, which transcends all borders. Living overseas for a long time, she continued singing classical music, chanson and a variety of different genres. In 2010, she encountered jazz in New York City where she studied with vocalist Marion Cowings and started her career as a jazz vocalist. After that, she was based on Houston, performing with pianist Bob Henschen, and having live shows in NYC, Tokyo and Sapporo. Her singing has been praised for her transparent, gentle voice quality and overflowing emotion. In November 2014, released her first CD album “I’m All Smiles” (recorded in Houston). In 2017, she moved back in Tokyo. In May 2018, released her second CD album “Why Did I Choose You?” (recorded in NYC)

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fleur Stevenson: Follow Me

Read "Follow Me" reviewed by Roger Farbey

There are plenty of standards adorning Fleur Stevenson's debut album. This comes in the wake of her career-launching salvo, an EP entitled Introducing Fleur Stevenson, released in 2016. Stevenson possesses an appealing voice and, on the breezy opener “Beautiful Love," proves she can scat as deftly as she can sing Haven Gillespie's memorable words. While the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dr. Billy Taylor, Art Ensemble of Chicago and More

Read "Dr. Billy Taylor, Art Ensemble of Chicago and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the 593rd Episode of Neon Jazz with singer Stacey Kent. From there, we take a listen to the cool of Art Blakey, Billy Taylor and Mark E. Walker. Over the course of the show we profile the mighty Dayramir Gonzalez, Chris Jentsch and listen to a new cat on the NYC scene known as ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Celebrating Sarah Vaughan And A New Betty Carter Recording

Read "Celebrating Sarah Vaughan And A New Betty Carter Recording" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The final Sunday of Womens History Month includes new releases from Bob Dorough, Gabrielle Stravelli, Patricia Barber plus a first listen to Betty Carter's first posthumous recording of a live 1992 concert in the early days of Jazz at Lincoln Center, with birthday shout outs to legendary vocalists Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Astrud Gilberto, and Pearl ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Groundhog Day

Read "Groundhog Day" reviewed by H William Stine

Explain to me again why we created a holiday to honor an ugly, destructive rodent and a misguided superstition while continuing to discredit the value of scientific facts in our lives? I based my Groundhog Day celebration on the classic movie and this rule: if you hear a song once this week, you're going to hear ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself

Read "Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

To follow the recordings of Cape Town-based vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire is to watch an artist evolve right in front of your eyes. With her 2012 debut Freedom Flight, Schrire demonstrated a supple soprano vocal technique and a knack for intelligent arrangements of unusual repertoire choices. Following it up the next year with ...

I Know I Dream

Label: Sony Music
Released: 2017
Track listing: Double Rainbow; Photograph; Les Amours Perdues; Bullet Train; To Say Goodbye; Make It Up; Avec Le Temps; I Know I Dream; La Rue Madureira; Mais Uma Vez; That’s All; The Changing Lights.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Stacey Kent: I Know I Dream

Read "I Know I Dream" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Stacey Kent has practically done it all over the past twenty years, selling north of two million albums, putting her gorgeously delicate stamp on standards, introducing fresh tunes into the canon, racking up awards, and bringing her flawless voice to fans in more than fifty countries. But one thing she hadn't done prior to this point ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2016: The Year in Jazz

Read "2016: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz hit the silver screen in many ways throughout the year, and International Jazz Day continued to thrive--complete with a major all-star concert at the White House. Pop ...


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