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Alicia Olatuja

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ALICIA OLATUJA (SHORT BIO) Singer Alicia Olatuja wowed everyone at the 2013 presidential inauguration with her solo during the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s performance of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” She’s already earned raves from the New York Daily News and on the View, and with the Choir’s album released on iTunes, and a single "In The Dark" released on March 5 from Alicia’s own forthcoming CD, things are only looking up for her career. Alicia Olatuja’s reputation has been growing since her arrival in New York in 2005. The New York Times praised her performance with her husband, bassist Michael Olatuja, in their band The Olatuja Project, lauding her “strong, lustrous tone.” The Olatuja Project, where Alicia sings in various African dialects such as Yoruba and Shona, recently released their debut album, the Promise. Alicia has sung with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir since 2007, often performs as a soloist with the Juilliard Jazz ensemble, and has sung with various recording artists such as Christian McBride, Chaka Khan and Bebe Winans

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts to Joanne Brackeen, Annie Ross, Kate Bush And More

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts to Joanne Brackeen, Annie Ross, Kate Bush And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Jesse Garland, Marilyn Scott and trombonist Michael Dease, with birthday shoutouts to Joanne Brackeen, Annie Ross, as well as vocalists Carla Hassett, Nnenna Freelon, saxophonist Tara Davidson, and Kate Bush among others. Congratulations to new NEA Jazz Master Regina Carter . Thanks for listening and please support the artists ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Jazz Fathers Jam With Their Offspring

Read "New Releases Plus Jazz Fathers Jam With Their Offspring" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The annual Fathers Day broadcast celebrates Jazz Fathers and their children, presents new releases from NYO Jazz, Subconscious Trio, Jo Harrop, Carole Nelson Trio, Melissa Errico and the Paxton/Spangler Septet, plus birthday shoutouts to Daryl Sherman, Brianna Thomas, Alicia Olatuja, Carol Robbins, Nancy King and Tamuz Nissim, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the ...

Album

Breathe

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Why Can’t We Live Together; Bright Eyes; Too Damn Hot; Track 9; World Weeps; Pilgrimage; Epistrophy; Sunshine Superman.

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Article: In Pictures

Montclair Jazz Festival 2021

Read "Montclair Jazz Festival 2021" reviewed by Mark Robbins


In 2002 Melissa Walker founded the Jazz House Kids and, with her husband Christian McBride, started a program “to help students embark on a journey of musical creativity and learn about jazz's cultural and international legacy." Over the years the program has continued to grow and has become one of the leading music programs in the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Life Is A Groove: Celebrating Nancy King, Fathers Day and Summer Solstice

Read "Life Is A Groove: Celebrating Nancy King, Fathers Day and Summer Solstice" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The Fathers Day broadcast includes new releases from trumpeter Sarah Wilson, vocalist Kayle Brecher and pianist Dave Bass, with birthday shoutouts to Nancy King, Daryl Sherman, Carol Robbins, Jaimie Branch, Lolly Allen and Alicia Olatuja, among others. Also a few music collaborations of jazz fathers with their children. Thanks for listening and please support the artists ...

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Article: Album Review

Dr. Lonnie Smith: Breathe

Read "Breathe" reviewed by La-Faithia White


Dr. Lonnie Smith, guru of the Hammond B3 organ for over five decades, now releases eight songs, six of which were recorded live in 2017 at The Jazz Standard in New York City, during his seventy-fifth birthday. In December 2020, The Jazz Standard closed because of the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic which has taken the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Birthday Celebrations for Bessie Smith and Herbie Hancock Plus New Releases From Rosalyn McClore and Yulia Musayelyan

Read "Birthday Celebrations for Bessie Smith and Herbie Hancock Plus New Releases From Rosalyn McClore and Yulia Musayelyan" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from vocalist Rosalyn McClore and flutist Yulia Musayelyan with birthday shoutouts to Bessie Smith, Wendy Kirkland, Tia Fuller, Judy Wexler, Vanessa Perica, Herbie Hancock, Haruna Fukazawa, Pete Malinverni and Michelle Lordi, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of ...

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Article: Album Review

Dr. Lonnie Smith: Breathe

Read "Breathe" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Nel nuovo album di Dr.Lonnie Smith, appena uscito per la Blue Note, non c'è solo il traboccante groove del suo trio. Per il 75mo compleanno dell'organista Hammond, il produttore Don Was ha fatto le cose in grande, pubblicando la registrazione di una una serata allo Jazz Standard (a New York nel 2017) con un organico strumentale ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases and Celebrations for Melba Liston, Sade and Eartha Kitt

Read "New Releases and Celebrations for Melba Liston, Sade and Eartha Kitt" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast opens with music by composer and arranger Melba Liston and concludes with the unique vocal stylings of the great Eartha Kitt to celebrate their birthdays. New releases include Gayelynn McKinney, Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias, Joe Traina and Marty Elkins, with more birthday shoutouts to Ruth Brown, Sade, Michelle Walker, Cheryl Bentyne, Andrea ...


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