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Abbey Lincoln

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"How can you have a career and never say anything? To experience it all and not say a word, you're supposed to stand up and speak your mind in the music. Some people like to hear some reality. I'm not trying to save or fix the world. I'm just singing about my experiences. My songs are observations." For four decades Lincoln's life has been a constant transformation of experience, of awakenings into growth, of the communication of what she has witnessed. She has grown through many stages: a naive young lounge singer; a movie and jazz club sex kitten; a vocal African-American with a deepened cultural awareness; a sensitive actress contradicting cultural perceptions; an artistic and cultural exile; a poetic jazz sage

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Stratusphunk: From the Airliner Lounge to Outer Space

Read "Stratusphunk: From the Airliner Lounge to Outer Space" reviewed by David Brown


This week, birthday tributes to Abby Lincoln and Byard Lancaster, solo piano works from Lucian Ban, Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou and Dr. Billy Taylor, Ellington arranges Monk, early works from George Russell and a swingin' Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Quartet live at the Airliner Lounge, and more! Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It ...

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Article: Album Review

Sheila Jordan: Live At Mezzrow

Read "Live At Mezzrow" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Sheila Jordan is a living jazz legend. Since coming to New York City in 1950 at the encouragement of Charlie Parker, she is one of, if not the last, living link to a time and a place in the jazz world that is the subject of hagiography, myth and occasionally reality. With a voice that is ...

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Article: Album Review

Ada Bird Wolfe: Odd Bird

Read "Odd Bird" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


There is a style of singing--midway between conversation and conventional vocal technique—which can only be called talk-singing, or something to that effect. It puts considerable weight on the meaning of the song, the words themselves, rather than the melody per se. Chances are, one could not hum such a tune if one wanted to. To some ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Anita Donndorff

Read "Take Five with Anita Donndorff" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Anita Donndorff Anita Donndorff is a 26 year-old Argentinean singer. She began her musical journey in 2017, and has become one of the most influential singers in the jazz scene in Buenos Aires. She has performed at some of the most important music venues in Argentina, such as Teatro San Martin, Virasoro Bar, Bebop Club, ...

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Article: Live Review

Vossa Jazz 2022: In Three Dimensions

Read "Vossa Jazz 2022: In Three Dimensions" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Vossa Jazz Festival Voss, Norway March 31-April 2, 2022 Like many jazz festivals trying to find a safe passage through the challenging pandemic hurdles, Norway's venerable Vossa Jazz festival kept the faith via “Plan B" operations in the past two years. Hybrid streaming and live models and a pared-down festival last September ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Catherine Russell Plus Jazz Birthday Celebrations For Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Dorothy Donegan & More

Read "New Releases From Catherine Russell Plus Jazz Birthday Celebrations For Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Dorothy Donegan & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Catherine Russell, Katriona Taylor and pianist Lisa Hilton with birthday shoutouts to Dorothy Donegan (100!), Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Barbara Lea and Marilyn Maye (going strong at 94) among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of pandemic ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus a Celebration of Jazz Capricorns Sade, Melba Liston and More

Read "New Releases Plus a Celebration of Jazz Capricorns Sade, Melba Liston and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Pete Malinverni, Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly of Shadows and the Yellowjackets. In the first hour, songs by Sade and in the second hour a set of tunes honoring composer, arranger trombonist Melba Liston to celebrate their birthdays. Other Capricorn shoutouts include Rachel Z, Chelsea McBride, Christine Tobin, Ingrid Jensen, Andrea ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 6: Iberian Beats – Jorge Rossy & Pedro Melo Alves

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 6: Iberian Beats – Jorge Rossy & Pedro Melo Alves" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The music of the Iberian Peninsula is as rich and diverse as any in the world. Its influences are many yet it developed in the pre-global bubble of geography. Early music of the peninsula was impacted by much of the known world in the primeval period and the Middle Ages. The peninsula was isolated by the ...

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Article: Interview

Gretchen Parlato: Pursuing Her Passion

Read "Gretchen Parlato: Pursuing Her Passion" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


"I haven't gotten dressed up like that for a few years," says singer Gretchen Parlato with an infectious chuckle. “It'll be nice." The unassuming and down-to earth Parlato was breezily referring to the 2021 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 31. Her latest album Flor (Edition Records), inspired by the music of Brazil, ...


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