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Alicia Hall Moran

Alicia Hall Moran is known primarily as a classically-trained singer (starring as “Bess” in Porgy & Bess on national tour and as an alternate in the role on Broadway) and performing artist with deep ties to Jazz and it's contemporary fans and practitioners. Moran was a named artist at the 2015 Venice Biennale and the 2012 Whitney Biennial. She's been commissioned for music and live performance by the Museum of Modern Art, the Gardner Museum in Boston, The Kitchen New York, and ArtPublic for Miami Art Basel, and been featured as a vocalist at the Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, and Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others

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Article: Interview

Phil Freeman Talks Jazz in the 21st Century

Read "Phil Freeman Talks Jazz in the 21st Century" reviewed by Tyran Grillo


If music journalism had an award for honesty, it would belong firmly on the shelf of Phil Freeman alongside his latest book, Ugly Beauty. And if I had a choice about the design of said award, I might opt for a gold-plated boxing glove to symbolize the gut punches his words deliver. Not because his approach ...

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Article: Profile

From Generation to Generation, A New Collection Transcends Borders and Barriers

Read "From Generation to Generation, A New Collection Transcends Borders and Barriers" reviewed by John Chacona


The release of the three-disc set The Concert for Bangladesh (Apple) in 1971 established a template for the charity benefit album that is still followed to this day: multiple discs in lavish packaging, a grab-bag of songs and most importantly, a red-carpet lineup of established, often older stars, one of whom was invariably the organizer of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ayumi Tanaka, Alan Hawkshaw, Leslie Bricusse, Franco Cerri & New Releases

Read "Ayumi Tanaka, Alan Hawkshaw, Leslie Bricusse, Franco Cerri & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We open with tributes to three artists that passed in the past few days, Alan Hawkshaw, Leslie Bricusse and Franco Cerri, before delving into new releases ranging from the straight-ahead hard-hitting energy of Pete Rodriguez to the sound (and silence) explorations of Ayumi Tanaka and her Trio.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Fire Music: When Jazz Speaks Out - Part 3

Read "Fire Music: When Jazz Speaks Out - Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


As Martin Luther King put it in the opening address to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival, “Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life's difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sir Stevie: Jammin' on Stevie Wonder - Part 3

Read "Sir Stevie: Jammin' on Stevie Wonder - Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


There's so much amazing material penned by Stevie Wonder, so here we go again with the third part of our birthday special. After a dive in renditions from the '70s during part one and two, here we mix things up with a combination of contemporary stunners, like the unique take of Alicia Hall Moran on “Signed, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Free Association - Vol.1 with Magda Brand

Read "Free Association - Vol.1 with Magda Brand" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Free Association is a new series of collaborative mixtapes curated by Mondo Jazz in association with some of the finest selectors on Mixcloud. Free Association mixtapes develop as a conversation. The first selector sends a tune cherry-picked to suit, and ideally surprise, the second selector who then, in turn, returns the favor. An ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann

Read "Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The first Week of the annual WFDU.FM February Fund Drive included new releases from pianists Lisa Hilton, Kait Dunton, Ellen Rowe and saxophonist Jordan Pettay with birthday shout outs to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jeanne Lee, Jutta Hipp, and Melody Gardot, among others. In the second hour, Debra Mann is remembered after news of her passing and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Funk in a Deep Freeze

Read "Funk in a Deep Freeze" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


For the Sunday of the Women's March we played new releases by pianist Judy Night, flutist Magela Herrara, Judy Bisantz, Bob Levy and saxophonist Carol Sudhalter with birthday shout outs to Eartha Kitt, Irene Kral, Jose James, Cheryl Bentyne, Peter Eldridge, Sade, and Dolly Parton, among others. Playlist Pam Fleming “Keep It Movin" from ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Gift of Music (Part 2)

Read "The Gift of Music (Part 2)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The holiday season continues and so does the gift-giving. Here's the second of a two part series featuring some of my favorite tunes as my holiday gift to end the year on a positive note. Happy Listening! Playlist Alicia Hall Moran “Two Wings" from Here Today (Yes Records) ...


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