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Amy London

Amy London is known and loved in New York City jazz and Broadway circles for her effortless sound, impeccable musicianship and depth of emotion. Her most recent CD on Motema, The Royal Bopsters Project, features a vocal jazz quartet with Ms London as the leader and soprano; Holli Ross, swinging alto; the legendary Darmon Meader, tenor; and bright newcomer Dylan Pramuk, bass. Together they arranged and recorded 12 songs, including 4 with the late bop master Mark Murphy, and one each with Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan and Bob Dorough. This remarkable project received 4 and 1/2 stars in Downbeat, a video feature in the Wall Street Journal, rave reviews in JazzTimes and other jazz periodicals, and was on the Best CDs of 2015 lists of Downbeat, JazzTimes, All About Jazz and Talkin’ Broadway

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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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Sheila Jordan: From Motor City Vocalese to Pinball with Charlie Parker

Read "Sheila Jordan: From Motor City Vocalese to Pinball with Charlie Parker" reviewed by Scott Gudell


The dynamic big bands of the 1920s-1940s were led by charismatic and confident kings of swing including Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Chick Webb and Gene Krupa. Smooth and sophisticated dance sounds could easily cross pollinate with other styles including the syncopated rhythms bubbling up from the streets of Harlem such as 'Swing Street.' Beyond a lineup ...

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The Royal Bopsters: London Journey’s From Broadway to Belgium and Back Again

Read "The Royal Bopsters: London Journey’s From Broadway to Belgium and Back Again" reviewed by Scott Gudell


She may have been a newcomer, but singer Amy London began working with an A-List of fellow jazz pros right after she crossed the George Washington Bridge and hit Manhattan in the mid-1980s. They included stellar artists such as Fred Hersch, Victor Lewis and Byron Stripling. London gravitated towards American Standards and Broadway sounds. By the ...

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Another Collaboration Of Anat Cohen With Marcello Gonçalves, A New Single From The Royal Bopsters Plus More October Releases

Read "Another Collaboration Of Anat Cohen With Marcello Gonçalves, A New Single From The Royal Bopsters Plus More October Releases" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Anat Cohen & Marcello Goncalves, vocalists Deborah Silver, Trineice Robinson, trombonist Ron Wilkins plus a single from The Royal Bopsters, with birthday shoutouts to Nelly Lutcher (Hurry On Down, He's A Real Gone Guy), Eve Sicular, Nancy Kelly, Amy London, Jean Baylor and more. Thanks for listening and please support ...

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New Releases and Birthday Shoutouts to Clora Bryant, Peggy Lee, Dee Dee Bridgewater and More

Read "New Releases and Birthday Shoutouts to Clora Bryant, Peggy Lee, Dee Dee Bridgewater and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new singles from The Baylor Project, the Requinte Trio and Ann Hampton Callaway, plus new releases from Le Perez and Meredith d'Ambrosio with birthday shoutouts to Clora Bryant, Peggy Lee, Yissy Garcia, Samantha Boshnack, Mala Waldron, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Adison Evans and Lynne Arriale, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the ...

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Closing Out the Year 2020 With New Releases Plus A Remembrance Of Departed Artists

Read "Closing Out the Year 2020 With New Releases Plus A Remembrance Of Departed Artists" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Our year end broadcast features new releases from Paola Prestini & Magos Herrera, Lezlie Harrison and Sue Maskaleris with birthday shoutouts to pianists Janice Friedman, Una Mae Carlisle, vocalists Chris McNulty, Katie Bull, Edith Piaf and saxophonist Camille Thurman. Also remembering the many musicians who left us in 2020. Thanks for listening and please support the ...

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Rah! Rah!: Claire Daly's Tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Other New Releases

Read "Rah! Rah!: Claire Daly's Tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Other New Releases" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


A bounty of new releases this week from saxophonist Claire Daly, harmonicist Hermine Deurloo, Thelonious Monk (newly discovered live performance), the Mike Melito Dino Losito Quartet, plus vocalists Simone Kopmajer, Sandra Marlowe and Sarah Moule, along with birthday shoutouts to Norma Winstone, Rebecca Kilgore, Lara Driscoll, Isabel Crespo, Leonard Cohen, John Coltrane and more. Thanks for ...

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Nothing Like You - A Birthday Shoutout to Dorothy Parker

Read "Nothing Like You - A Birthday Shoutout to Dorothy Parker" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week we feature new releases from trumpeter Eddie Henderson, vocalist Allegra Levy, trombonist Emily Asher's Garden Party and drummer John Hollenbeck with birthday shoutouts to Dorothy Parker (pictured), Carolyn Leigh, Adrienne Fenemor, Dinah Washington, Charlie Parker (100!), Alice Coltrane, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Mimi Fox and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...

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Music Is Forever - Farewell to Annie Ross

Read "Music Is Forever - Farewell to Annie Ross" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


In the first hour, a special tribute to Jazz Master Annie Ross (who sadly passed days before her 90th birthday), plus new releases from Mark Masters, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (a 1959 never released studio recording!), Jimmy Heath, Eva Cortés and Bettye Lavette, with birthday shoutouts to Margaret Whiting, Joanne Brackeen, Lisa Maxwell, Rufus ...


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