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Betty Carter was born Lillie Mae Jones in Flint, Michigan, on May 16, 1930. At a young age, she began the study of piano at the Detroit Conservatory of Music, and by the time she was a teenager she was slready sitting in with Charlie Parker and other bop musicians when they performed in Detroit. After winning a local amateur contest, she turned professional at age 16, hooking up with the Lionel Hampton band by 1948, billed as Lorraine Carter. Hampton was the man who hung the nickname 'Betty Be-Bop' on her (a nickname she hated, as she found bebop limiting and wanted to do more than just scat), but it stuck, and ultimately she changed her stage name to Betty Carter

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Take Five with Will Lyle

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Meet Will Lyle Born in Southern California, Will began studying cello when he was three and also played drums, guitar, piano and percussion, taking up the electric bass at the age of 12. “I had aspirations to become a producer and I originally went to Berklee for musical production, but during my freshman year I heard ...

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Eric Revis, Billy Higgins & Rob Scheps

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We begin the 696th Episode of Neon Jazz with bassist Eric Revis and a track from his 2020 release Slipknots Through a Looking Glass. We take a closer look at the musicians who made made 2020 a fantastic year for new jazz releases with Ron Miles, Jen Hodge and Ben Rosenblum. We also listen to a ...

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April In My Heart: Celebrating Spring With Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday

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Midway through Jazz Appreciation Month, this broadcast continues the Spring celebration with songs of April plus birthday shoutouts to Carmen McRae, Freddie Hubbard, Dorothy Donegan, Andre Previn, Marilyn Maye and Billie Holiday, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown. Playlist ...

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Take Five with Joanie Pallatto

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Meet Joanie Pallatto In February 2021, the Chicago Music Awards bestowed Joanie Pallatto with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for Extraordinary Contributions to the Music Industry. Described by Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune as having “a stirring and special voice," Joanie Pallatto is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. ...

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Eric Harland: Time is a joint effort

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Drummer Eric Harland tells his incredible story of growing up in jny: Houston and how he came to weigh 400lbs by the time he was 16 (he eventually lost the weight in college), attending the Manhattan School of Music, becoming an ordained minister, living with singer Betty Carter during the last year of her life, learning ...

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

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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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Meet Kenny Barron

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2001. Jazz Education I recently retired from Rutgers University. Right now I teach piano one day a week at Manhattan School of Music. In September I'll be teaching at the new jazz program at Julliard. I've taught David Sanchez and ...

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Eric Revis: Slipknots Through a Looking Glass

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Eccola la nuova formazione del contrabbassista Eric Revis, un incontro di storici collaboratori che promette meraviglie. Al quartetto che licenziò nel 2014 In the Memory of Things Yet Seen si aggiunge la pianista Kris Davis già presente nel precedente City of Asylum e nel successivo Sing Me Some Cry (tutti per Clean Feed) e il cerchio ...

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Jeff Rupert, Betty Carter, Gary Peacock and More

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This week we focus on brand new material from artists that don't get the attention they deserve in the world of jazz. We begin with Jeff Rupert teamed up with the legendary George Garzone and make our way to trombonist Ryan Keberle. We profile new music from Polish saxophonist Sywester Ostrowski and Bobby Watson paying their ...


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