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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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Article: Album Review

Horizons Quartet: Horizons Quartet

Read "Horizons Quartet" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Quite often it's not so much the music itself that compels you to sit and listen but the feeling the music stirs within. You begin to recall moments from the past that have made you feel of a certain place and time when things were just a bit more either out there or, as in the ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia & RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-66

Read "The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia & RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-66" reviewed by Skip Heller


Louis Armstrong officially returned to small band leadership May 17, 1947 via a triumphant concert at Town Hall that was less comeback than reaffirmation. It was even the dawn of his second great period, full of recordings that stood tall with his epochal 1920's output, and the subsequently-assembled Louis Armstrong and his All Stars would immediately ...

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Article: Interview

Adam Kahan: Capturing the Essence of Jazz in a Film

Read "Adam Kahan: Capturing the Essence of Jazz in a Film" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Too many are the documentaries produced and directed in a formulaic way using archival clips, photos, and hastily staged interviews that are intended to make a series of facts evident and bring out a few key points. At their best, they give a reasonably realistic illustrated depiction of people, places, and things. That is why a ...

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Article: Radio

Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday

Read "Life Goes On - Celebrating Jazz Master Carla Bley On Her 85th Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the birthdays of Jazz Masters Carla Bley in the first hour and Betty Carter in the second, plus new releases from Ruben Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquestra, Rebecca Kilgore and the Keith Brown Trio. Other birthday shoutouts include Virginia Mayhew, Karin Krog, Nadje Noordhuis, Kate Reid and Grace Kelly, among others. Thanks ...

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Take Five with Will Lyle

Read "Take Five with Will Lyle" reviewed by AAJ Staff


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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Article: Radio

Eric Revis, Billy Higgins & Rob Scheps

Read "Eric Revis, Billy Higgins & Rob Scheps" reviewed by Joe Dimino


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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Article: Radio

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

Read "April In My Heart: Celebrating Spring With Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


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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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Joanie Pallatto

Read "Take Five with Joanie Pallatto" reviewed by AAJ Staff


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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Article: Radio

Eric Harland: Time is a joint effort

Read "Eric Harland: Time is a joint effort" reviewed by Leo Sidran


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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