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Berta Moreno

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2016 Sidney Zolot (for excellence in music) and 2015 BMI/Evelyn Buckstein award winner, jazz saxophonist and composer Berta Moreno has become one of the most distintive voices on the tenor among her generation. Berta’s strong personality is reflected in her unique dark and warm sound on the tenor and she is often defined as a thoughtful and precise soloist who knows how to choose meaningful notes and statements. She has been touring as a leader of her quartet/ quintet in Europe for over 3 years, being awarded 1st prize at Zoetermeer Jazz Competition and 2nd prize nominated by the audience at Leidse Jazz Competition in The Netherlands in 2013

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Bird Language

Label: Simona Smirnova Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Bird Language; Volcano Dreams; Out of the Ashes; Dandelion Time; Solstice; Intuition; Secrets; Rūta Žalioji.

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Article: Album Review

Simona Smirnova: Bird Language

Read "Bird Language" reviewed by Giulia Bianchi


Simona Smirnova is a Lithuanian-born and New York-based vocalist, composer, and classically trained kanklės (a Lithuanian chordophone folk instrument belonging to the Baltic zither family) virtuoso. After obtaining her BA in jazz vocal performance from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater, she moved to the USA to study contemporary writing and production at Berklee College ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Spring Releases From Cecile McLorin Salvant, Roxy Coss, Elsa Nilsson and Celebrating Marian McPartland

Read "Spring Releases From Cecile McLorin Salvant, Roxy Coss, Elsa Nilsson and Celebrating Marian McPartland" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from saxophonist Roxy Coss, flutist Elsa Nilsson and vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant with birthday shoutouts to Deanna Witkowski, Nat King Cole, Berta Moreno, Eliane Elias, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mark Murphy and in the second hour a salute to Marian McPartland in celebration of her 104th birthday. Thanks for listening and please ...

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Tumaini

Label: Tiger Turn Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Karibu; Afrika; The Beauty of the Slum; Dance; Mandhari I; Mandhari II; Hope Intro; Hope; Christine; Kutembea.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kaja Draksler, Frank Kimbrough, Berta Moreno, Julien Lourau & More New Releases

Read "Kaja Draksler, Frank Kimbrough, Berta Moreno, Julien Lourau & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week's exploration of new and upcoming releases continues with a special focus on the late Frank Kimbrough through a preview of his posthumous CD Ancestors and some of the best renditions that appear on the monumental tribute conceived by pianist and producer Elan Mehler, Kimbrough, one of the best releases of the year. Punkt vs. ...

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Berta Moreno Afro-Jazz Soul Project: Tumaini

Read "Tumaini" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Tenor saxophonist Berta Moreno released her promising debut, Little Steps, in 2017. It signaled her debt to forbears such as Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, and displayed an impressive command of bop language. Tumaini, her engaging follow-up, moves in a rather different direction. Time well-spent in Kenya gave Moreno a wider focus for her compositions, as ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Betcha By Golly Wow - New Releases From Nnenna Freelon, Aubrey Logan, Rosa Passos and More

Read "Betcha By Golly Wow - New Releases From Nnenna Freelon, Aubrey Logan, Rosa Passos  and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents a boatload of new releases from vocalists Nnenna Freelon, Aubrey Logan, Dara Tucker, Rosa Passos and Jonathan Karrant, organist Kendall Carter, and the Alchemy Song Project with birthday shoutouts to pianists Brittany Anjou, Yoko Miwa, guitarist Sheryl Bailey, flutist Jan Leder, and vocalist Carmen Souza, among others. Thanks for listening and please support ...

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New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More

Read "New Releases and Celebrations for Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from the Steven Feifke Big Band, the Alpha Rhythm Kings, Nicki Parrott, Esperanza Spalding, Chien Chien Lu, Norah Jones and the Art of Time Ensemble with birthday shoutouts to Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey, Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn, Connie Crothers, and Mary Ann McSweeney, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases and Birthday Shoutouts To Ella Fitzgerald

Read "New Releases and Birthday Shoutouts To Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from saxophonist Berta Moreno, bassist/vocalist Kristin Korb, guitarist George Gilliam and pianist/vocalist Lauren Lee with birthday shoutouts to Ella Fitzgerald, Roxy Coss, Charles Mingus, Alan Broadbent, Lara Downes and Kendra Shank, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of ...


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