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Billie Holiday ("Lady Day") is considered by many to be the greatest of all jazz singers. In a tragically abbreviated singing career that lasted less than three decades, her evocative phrasing and poignant delivery profoundly influenced vocalists who followed her. Although her warm, feathery voice inhabited a limited range, she used it like an accomplished jazz instrumentalist, stretching and condensing phrases in an ever-shifting dialogue with accompanying musicians. Famous for delivering lyrics a bit behind the beat, she alternately endowed them with sadness, sensuality, languor, and irony


News: Music Industry

Documentary: The Long Night of Lady Day (1984)

Documentary: The Long Night of Lady Day (1984)

How bad did Billie Holiday have it? You have no idea. Coming up in the 1930s, she faced raw racism and sexism head on, but the challenges and injustices the singular vocalist endured took a toll and led to a life of alcohol and drug abuse. The origins of her blues, why she started wearing gardenias ...


Article: Book Review

Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good

Read "Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good" reviewed by Andrew Hunter

Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good Con Chapman 358 pages ISBN: # 978 1 80050 282 6 Equinox Publishing Limited 2023 In January 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution came into effect, ushering in 14 years of Prohibition and, inadvertently, a golden ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Tulio Araujo

Read "Take Five with Tulio Araujo" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Tulio Araujo Tulio is a Brazilian musician, carrying advanced degrees and experience in the fields of Percussion, Music Production and Sound Engineering. He has studied with renowned masters Ian Guest (Hungary), Santiago Reyther (Cuba), Marcos Suzano (Brazil), among others. Through his experimentation and study, he dreamt and effectively conceived a way to merge the pandeiro ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bill Evans, Nicholas Payton, Billie Holiday & Hannah Gill

Read "Bill Evans, Nicholas Payton, Billie Holiday & Hannah Gill" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From rising star Canadian vocalist Hannah Gill, we begin the 824th Episode of Neon Jazz with music from her release Everybody Loves a Love quicklly followed by one if her musicial influences, Billie Holiday. We also get a dose of new music from Pablo Masis, Nicholas Payton and John Lang. In between, we hear tunes from ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sam Rivers Centennial + New John Zorn Works

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For this week's show, we celebrate the centennial of the birth of composer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers; along the way we'll here a short vocal set and some recent releases from John Zorn. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club--Complete (Columbia) 01:50 Helen Merrill, Clifford Brown “Hush Now Don't Explain" ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Birthday Tribute For Charles Burrell

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In the special edition of Backstage Jazz, musician Purnell Steen pays tribute to music icon Charles Burrell in preparation for his 103rd birthday at Dazzle's Jazz Club in Denver. Burrell is a classical and jazz bassist and best known for being the first African American to be signed to a full-time contract in a ...


Article: Live Review

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023 Hart Plaza & Campus Martius Detroit, MI September 1-4, 2023 Opening night is always a gas. Whether it takes the form of the annual rite of spring in baseball, the long anticipated opening of a Broadway play, or for that matter, the opening salvo of a world ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

I Wished On The Moon - A Birthday Shoutout To Dorothy Parker Plus New Releases From Kris Davis, Don Braden, Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo

Read "I Wished On The Moon - A Birthday Shoutout To Dorothy Parker Plus New Releases From Kris Davis, Don Braden, Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo, Kris Davis Diatom Ribbons, Don Braden and Linda Purl, with birthday shoutouts to Dorothy Parker (I Wished On the Moon, How Am I To Know), Alice Coltrane, Vicki Burns, Nanny Assis, Mimi Fox, Nicky Schrire, Linda May Han Oh, among others. Thanks for listening and ...


Article: Interview

Cindy Blackman Santana: Rhythmic And Musical Force

Read "Cindy Blackman Santana: Rhythmic And Musical Force" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

It's the 1980s in New York City. It's the place to be for musicians looking to make a name for themselves with hopes of finding steady gigs and recording dates. Drummer Cindy Blackman (long before her marriage to Carlos Santana) is there, fresh out of Berklee College of Music. She's there to meet people, ...


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