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Betty Bryant

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Betty Bryant is a revered pianist/singer who brings a solid piano technique, a light, swinging touch and a skilled vocal approach to her music. Whether she is playing the blues on “He May Be Your Man (But He Comes To See Me Sometime)”, or delivering obscure cabaret gems like Mort Lindsey’s humorous “Scratch”, or romping through serious jazz compositions like Bud Powell’s “Parisian Thoroughfare”, Betty always connects with the material and with her audience. Dubbed “Cool Miss B” by her fellow musicians, Betty’s career started in her hometown of Kansas City, where she was mentored by the great Jay McShann

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New Releases by Alexis Cole, Nicole Henry, Carol Albert Plus A Birthday Celebration for Joni Mitchell

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This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Alexis Cole, Nicole Henry, pianist Carol Albert, and a piano/organ collaboration of Jeremy Monteiro & Alberto Marsico, with birthday shoutouts to Joni Mitchell, Betty Bryant, Carmen Lundy, Kurt Elling, Anne Sajdera, Amanda Tosoff and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music ...

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New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts Plus the Better Times Will Come Project

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The broadcast features new releases from flutists Carla Campopiano and Yulia Musayelyan, vocalist Melody Gardot, the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, guitarists Susan Alcorn and Chance Hayden, plus singles from Sarah McKenzie and Lili Anel, the latest participant of Janis Ian's Better Times Will Come project, with birthday shoutouts to pianist Betty Bryant, vocalists Ernestine Anderson, Marlene ...

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Moon's Up, Night's Up - Taking the Town By Surprise

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The annual celebratory broadcast for Joni Mitchell included an assortment of her songs by various jazz artists, plus new releases from Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Norah Jones, saxophonist T.K. Blue, singer/poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein), and vibraphone artist Lolly Allen; also more birthday shout outs to Chris Conner, Betty Bryant (going strong at ...

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Wild Women Don't Get the Blues - Happy birthday to Ida Cox

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This broadcast on the first Sunday of Women's History Month included new releases from Jenna Mammina, Lioness and Claudia Acuna with birthday shout outs to Ida Cox, baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, vocalists Roseanna Vitro, Sara Gazarek, Sara Serpa, and pianist Kirk Nurock among others, plus a sampling of who's playing around town and tributes to Andre ...

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Movie Songs and Remembering Ethel Ennis

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The final day of station fundraising also included new releases from Mariel Austin, Emmet Cohen, Yelena Eckemoff and The Becoming Quintet with birthday shout outs to Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Warren Vache, Michel Legrand and Patti Wicks among others. Also women-penned movie songs to honor Oscar Night and remembering Ethel Ennis. Playlist Hal Schaefer ...

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You've Got a Friend - Happy Birthday to Carole King!

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This broadcast fell on the day of the Grammy awards and included new releases from vocalists Catherine Russell and Tierney Sutton respectively, composer Miho Hazama, pianist Beegie Adair and trombonist Jennifer Wharton, with birthday shout outs to Natalie Cole, Anne Marie Moss, plus a few jazz treatments of songs by Carole King in the fourth hour ...

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Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann

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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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Songs to Aging Children Come

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This week we celebrate new releases by vocalist Cyrille Aimee, pianist Betty Bryant, saxophonist Jazmin Ghent and we give a look at some interesting old and new duets of songs by Joni Mitchell, including a new single by Carol Lipnik and Rachelle Garniez in the final hour. Then some shout outs to Barbara Carroll, Etta James, ...

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It All About the Sax with Kyle Nasser

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This show features an interview with saxophonist Kyle Nasser talking about his career in music. We also discuss his latest album Persistent Fancy, which looks at where people originate from which can be different to where they live. As this is a jazz show there is lots of new music and some tracks from the archives ...


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