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Alexa Tarantino

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Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant, young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. Alexa’s “lovely, ardent way of improvising,” and “sharply plotted but gracefully unencumbered straight-ahead jazz [compositions]” (Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times) establish her individual voice which shines through as a dynamic performer and educator. Tarantino was recently named one of the “Top 5 Alto Saxophonists of 2019” by the JazzTimes Critics’ Poll. Her debut album, Winds of Change, peaked at #15 on the JazzWeek Charts and landed at #79 for JazzWeek’s Top 100 records of 2019. Tarantino’s performance highlights include prestigious venues such as Jazz in Marciac Festival (with Wynton Marsalis and the Young Stars of Jazz), Umbria Jazz Festival (with Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project), the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Hollywood Bowl (with Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra), the Rockport Jazz Festival (Alexa Tarantino Quintet), Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (with LSAT, Earth, Wind & Fire and others)

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Firefly

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Spider's Dance; Mindful Moments; Move Of The Spirit; Iris; Daybreak; Surge Fughetta; Surge Capacity; La Donna Nel Giardino; Rootless Ruthlessness; Lady Day; Vilet Sky; The Firefly Code.

Album

KINETIC

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Kinetic; Unveiling of a Mirror; The Sphinx; Until the Real Thing Comes Along; Word Travels Fast; Wollongong; Nica's Dream; On the Street Where You Live; Midnight Beat; Closure.

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Article: Album Review

Steven Feifke Big Band: Kinetic

Read "Kinetic" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Jazz connoisseurs who lean toward big bands that swing as earnestly and often as the renowned architects of the epic big-band era should find plenty to cheer about on Kinetic, the debut recording by New York-based pianist, composer and arranger Steven Feifke's audacious and fiery ensemble. This is a band that fires on all cylinders—but it ...

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Article: Radio

A Look Back at Notable Recordings Composed by Women in 2020

Read "A Look Back at Notable Recordings Composed by Women in 2020" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Happy New Year! The broadcast begins 2021 with a look back at some of the notable 2020 releases made despite the disruption of the pandemic and all of its difficulties. Thanks for listening and please continue your support of the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown.Playlist Anne Sajdera ...

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DIVA + the Boys

Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Slipped Disc; A Felicidade; Deference to Diz; Noturna; The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else; Piccolo Blues; Estate; Bucket ‘o Blues.

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Clarity

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Through; A Race Against Yourself; La Puerta; A Unified Front; Gregory is Here; Karma; Breaking Cycles; Thank You For Your Silence; My Ship.

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Article: Radio

Celebrating Jazz Scorpios Nellie Lutcher and More

Read "Celebrating Jazz Scorpios Nellie Lutcher and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Today's broadcast celebrates many Jazz Scopios, with birthday shoutouts to Nellie Lutcher ("He's a Real Gone Guy, Hurry On Down"), Dizzy Gillespie, Fred Hersch, Dianne Reeves, Magos Herrera, Jimmy Heath, Freddy Cole, Anita O'Day and Fran Landesman ("Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," “Ballad of the Sad Young Men"). Thanks for listening and please ...

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Article: Radio

Song for My Father in Late June - Celebrating Fathers Day and Summer Solstice

Read "Song for My Father in Late June - Celebrating Fathers Day and Summer Solstice" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The Fathers Day/Summer Solstice/Juneteenth broadcast included new releases from drummer Gayelynn McKinney, vocalists Linda Lavin and Sue Anne Gershenzon, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Roy Ayers, with birthday shoutouts to Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn, Jaimie Branch, Alicia Olatuja, Migiwa Miyajima, leader of the Miggy Augmented Orchestra, Lolly Allen and Jenny Scheinman. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Radio

Alexa Tarantino shines with her second album

Read "Alexa Tarantino shines with her second album" reviewed by Bob Osborne


More great new music from across the World of Jazz with six great new albums to share. The second album from Alexa Tarantino on Posi-tone finds her continuing to demonstrate her skills and artistry. Exciting music from Buenos Aires from the collective known as Aves. The debut album from Chris Platt and Angela Turone ...


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