Salutes to Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald and Blossom Dearie

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Winding up Jazz Appreciation Month with special birthday shout outs to the Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey, pianist Dorothy Donegan, vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Barbara Streisand and Blossom Dearie, among others, with new concept recordings from Nancy Kelly (a tribute to Mark Murphy) , Christina Morrison (duets with five other women vocalists) and Ellynne Rey (a study of birds).


  • Toots Thielemans "Strutting With Some Barbecue" from Smooth and Easy (Smith & Co.) 00:00
  • Cat Conner "Waiting On the Moon" from Cat House (Cat Tales Records) 04:30Time Marker
  • Claire Martin "Timeline" from Believin' It (Linn) 06:58
  • Host speaks 10:32
  • Regina Carter "See See Rider" from Southern Comfort (Sony Masterworks) 12:30
  • Ma Rainey "See See Rider Blues" from An Introduction to Ma Rainey (Fuel 2000) 17:43
  • Ma Rainey "Countin' The Blues" from Blues Masters, Vol. 11, Classic Blues Women (Wea Corp) 21:00
  • Carmen Twillie "Prove It On Me" from Bessie-Music from the HBO Film (Sony Legacy) 24:19
  • Host speaks 27:04
  • Dorothy Donegan "Donegan's Blues" from The Explosive Dorothy Donegan (Audiophile) 29:26
  • Double Bass/Double Voice "Woke Up This Morning/This Little Light Of Mine" from Ribbon In the Sky (Self released) 35:18
  • Becca Stevens "Queen Mab" from Regina (Ground Up Music LLC) 40:38
  • Rebecca Martin & Guillermo Klein"To Make the Most of Today" from The Upstate Project (Sunnyside) 46:05
  • Host speaks 51:50
  • Ellen Rowe "Game Set and Match" from Momentum-Portraits of Women In Motion (Smokin Sleddog Records) 53:20
  • Akiko Tsuruga "Peachie" from So Cute, So Bad (Self released) 1:00:03
  • Norah Jones "Court and Spark" from Joni 75-A Birthday Celebration (Decca) 1:07:32
  • Carol Bach-y-Rita "The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines" from Minha Casa/My House (Self released) 1:10:49
  • Joni Mitchell "A Chair in the Sky" from Mingus (Elektra Off Roster) 1:13:55
  • Host speaks 1:20:34
  • Andrea Brachfeld "Steppin'" from If Not Now, When? (Jazzheads) 1:23:17
  • Nancy Kelly "Again" from Remembering Mark Murphy (SubCat Records) 1:26:40
  • Kendra Shank & Deanna Witkowski "There Is a Balm In Gilead" from Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns (Tilapea) 1:38:24
  • Hilary Gardner "No One After You" from The Great City (Anzic) 1:42:44
  • Luciana Souza "Paris" from The Book of Longing (Sunnyside) 1:45:56
  • Host speaks 1:49:07
  • Five Play "Circles" from Live at the Firehouse (5Play2019) 1:51:40
  • Lioness "Think" from Pride & Joy (Posi-Tone) 1:59:44
  • Ella Fitzgerald "Joe William's Blues" from Ella at Zardi's (Verve) 2:01:57
  • Ella Fitzgerald "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues" from Montreux '77 (Pablo) 2:04:19
  • Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong "Learnin' the Blues" from Ella and Louis Again (Verve) 2:08:44
  • Host speaks 2:15:57
  • Mary Ann McSweeney "Urban Fado" from Urban Fado (Self released) 2:18:23
  • Lara Downes (featuring Magos Herrera) "Arrorro Mi Nina" from Holes In the Sky (Sony Masterworks) 2:22:43
  • Cristina Morrison "Dos Gardenias" from Impredecible-Voces de Mujer (Baroness Records) 2:26:18
  • Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini "Mandingueira" from Setting Rays of Sun (Self released) 2:31:36
  • Host speaks 2:35:28Time Marker
  • Leni Stern "Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp" from Time and Love: the Music of Laura Nyro (Astor Place) 2:38:00
  • Barbara Streisand "Time And Love" from Stoney End (Columbia) 2:42:45
  • Mark Winkler "And When I Die" from The Laura Nyro Project (Café Pacific) 2:46:22
  • Host speaks 2:51:37
  • Naomi Moon Siegel "Jeannine's Joy" from Live At Earshot (Slow and Steady) 2:52:57
  • Emily Remler "Sweet Georgie Fame" from East To Wes (Concord) 2:59:50
  • Blossom Dearie "Hey John" from Blossom's Own Treasures (Daffodil Records) 3:05:28
  • Ed Reed "Inside a Silent Tear" from Born to Be Blue (Blue Shorts) 3:08:41
  • Ellynne Rey "I Thought I Heard a Hummingbird" from The Birdsongs Project (Self released) 3:14:02
  • Host speaks 3:20:10
  • Ulysses Owens, Jr. "Oh Freedom" from Songs of Freedom (Resilience) 3:22:18
  • Bob Dorough "Evenin' Wearies" from Small Day Tomorrow (Candid Productions) 3:26:43
  • Kat Edmonson "Sparkle and Shine" from Old Fashioned Gal (MRI) 3:31:45
  • Lorraine Feather "A Peaceful Kingdom" from Such Sweet Thunder (Sanctuary) 3:35:07
  • Host speaks 3:38:59
  • Kait Dunton "Thread Suite 3" from Planet D'earth (Real and Imaginary Music) 3:40:53
  • Lauren White "Slow Down" from Life In the Modern World (Café Pacific) 3:43:55
  • Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" from The Newest Sound You Never Heard (A-Side Records) 3:48:03
  • Host speaks 3:53:48
  • Mimi Fox "Against the Grain" from This Bird Still Flies (Origin) 3:56:25

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