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Aretha Franklin


Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged. Her astonishing run of late-'60s hits with Atlantic Records—"Respect," "I Never Loved a Man," "Chain of Fools," "Baby I Love You," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Think," "The House That Jack Built," and several others—earned her the title "Lady Soul," which she has worn uncontested ever since. Yet as much of an international institution as she's become, much of her work—outside of her recordings for Atlantic in the late '60s and early '70s—is erratic and only fitfully inspired, making discretion a necessity when collecting her records. Franklin's roots in gospel ran extremely deep


Article: In Pictures

Pamela Rose At The Sound Room

Read "Pamela Rose At The Sound Room" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Popular San Francisco Bay Area vocalist / composer / educator Pamela Rose held court at the recently relocated Sound Room in downtown Oakland. Accompanied by long time musical friends guitarist Danny Caron, B3 organist Wayne De La Cruz and drummer Mark Lee, Rose presented new material nicely sprinkled with some old favorites. Rose's stellar ...


Article: The Jazz Life

One of the Boys in the Band: Discovering my Dad

Read "One of the Boys in the Band: Discovering my Dad" reviewed by George Gozzard

George Gozzard was the baby of a pretty large family the jazz trumpeter Harry Roy Gozzard raised. Harry was one of those great working musicians we heard about in the 1930s and through the 1950s who played jazz and dance band gigs interchangeably. These were the days of months long (if not longer) engagements musicians would ...


Article: Album Review

John Coltrane: Evenings At The Village Gate

Read "Evenings At The Village Gate" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

All music is, as are all our greater gestures and pursuits--poetry, painting, literature, sculpture, dance--spiritual by nature. An outreach by the artist and thus, by extension, us, beyond the daily argot of the ordinary. But sometimes those instances are so far and in-between, so masked by the lawlessness of the present moment, that our higher selves ...


Article: In Pictures

Samara Joy at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

Read "Samara Joy at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center" reviewed by Mark Robbins

When Samara Joy performed last June at the Vocal Jazz Summit in Virginia Beach she was fairly new on the scene and even though she could deliver a song like a seasoned pro she was a little shy interacting with the audience. What a difference one year and two Grammys make. The singer, who appeared at ...


Article: Interview

The Ditties: Finding Freedom in Swing

Read "The Ditties: Finding Freedom in Swing" reviewed by Matthew Vasiliauskas

When asked what interested her about the jazz art form, Nina Simone responded, “I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about. But jazz is dedicated to freedom, and that is far more important." Typically, what drives an artist's ambition, is the desire to hold mastery over ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Jazz Aires, Rhymes Of Spring, Juno Winners and More

Read "New Releases, Jazz Aires, Rhymes Of Spring, Juno Winners and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Ingrid Laubrock, Lucy Yeghiazaryan, Monika Herzig & Janiece Jaffe, plus a special project by Vivienne Aerts supporting Femmes de Virunga, a cacao farm collective of 1500 women in the Congo, with birthday shoutouts to Deanna Witkowski, Aretha Franklin, Meredith d'Ambrosio, Amina Claudine Myers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marian McPartland, Mimi Jones ...


Article: Album Review

Danielle Ponder: Some Of Us Are Brave

Read "Some Of Us Are Brave" reviewed by Scott Gudell

For years, when someone said “let's go see Danielle Ponder" they may have been talking about going to court, since she was a dedicated Public Defender in Rochester, New York for approximately a decade. As a lawyer, she often found herself championing the indigent, beat down and challenged people of her community. More recently, as a ...


Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Clifford Bass

Read "Meet Clifford Bass" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our newest super fan's first jazz record was The Best of Nat King Cole, which he chose at just ten years old! The bug bit him so hard that, by age 14, he was listening obsessively to A Love Supreme. He is now such a fan of improvisational, in-the-moment performance that he rarely listens to recordings, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Terri Lyne Carrington's Latest Project Sets New Standards For Women Composers

Read "Terri Lyne Carrington's Latest Project Sets New Standards For Women Composers" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast presents new releases from Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander, Celia Berk, Connie Han, trio Daniel Carter, Kelly Green & Luca Soul, a live 2017 concert recording featuring Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese, Esperanza Spalding, plus Terri Lyne Carrington's groundbreaking New Standards Vol. 1 project highlighting women composers, with birthday shoutouts to Doris ...


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