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Billie Holiday

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

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marty Elkins: 'Tis Autumn

Read "'Tis Autumn" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There exists a group of jazz musicians dedicated to pre-bebop jazz who have traditionally populated the catalogs of the Nagel-Heyer and Arbors record labels. These musicians include Herb Pomeroy, Max Kaminsky, Randy Sandke, Harry Allen, and Dave McKenna. Central to this group is vocalist Marty Elkins who, while in college, discovered the recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jazz Composers Collective: The Herbie Nichols Project

Read "Jazz Composers Collective: The Herbie Nichols Project" reviewed by AAJ Staff

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in November 1999. The Herbie Nichols Project is a working, researching, and performing entity—co-led by pianist Frank Kimbrough and bassist Ben Allison. Operating within that fertile creative aggregate known as the Jazz Composers Collective (of which Mr. Kimbrough and Mr. Allison are ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bahama Soul Club: Bohemia After Dawn

Read "Bohemia After Dawn" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Soulful original music laced with judicious and striking samples, Bohemia After Dawn serves a textbook example of music that packs an impact larger than the sum of its parts. Written, arranged, produced and performed by Oliver Belz and André Neundorf (the Bahama Soul Club) plus guest musicians and singers live and looped, Bohemia After Dawn sets ...

Soul Songs, Mose Songs & COVID Aid for Djibouti

Read "Soul Songs, Mose Songs & COVID Aid for Djibouti" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Bahama Soul Club Bohemia After Dawn Buyú Records 2020 Soulful original music laced with judicious and striking samples, Bohemia After Dawn serves a textbook example of music that packs an impact larger than the sum of its parts. Written, arranged, produced and performed by Oliver Belz ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Billie Holiday: la vita e la voce

Read "Billie Holiday: la vita e la voce" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Billie Holiday: la vita e la voce Guido Santato 151 pagine ISBN: 978-88-290-0287-0 Carocci Editore 2020 Il principale merito di Guido Santato nel suo Billie Holiday: la vita e la voce, pubblicato da Carocci Editore, è la capacità di districarsi abilmente nella selva di materiale bibliografico e discografico prodotto ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jim Rattigan: When

Read "When" reviewed by Chris May

Composer-arrangers as diverse as Gil Evans and Charles Mingus have employed the French horn, but it remains something of a niche instrument in jazz. Why? The same question applies to the almost complete absence of trombones in West African jazz and Afrobeat, and their ubiquity in Brazilian samba. The first convincing explanation in the Comments box ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Nancy Kelly: A Dynamic And Determined Voice

Read "Nancy Kelly: A Dynamic And Determined Voice" reviewed by Scott Gudell

Nancy Kelly has been singin,' swingin' and scattin' for a long time. Her first musical path took her into the world of classical music when she started playing by ear at age three and her mother guided her to piano lessons by age four. The Beatles arrived a decade later and she abruptly shifted her allegiance ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Ran Blake: Gray Moon, When Soft Rains Fall and Northern Noir

Read "Ran Blake: Gray Moon, When Soft Rains Fall and Northern Noir" reviewed by John Ephland

I'm a sucker for musical duets. Duets that make me feel like I'm in the same room with the two of them. Here we have three recent releases with the iconoclastic, legendary Ran Blake, now 83, in what is his most typical setting. Yes, to hear Blake paired up like this is to hear ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lucky To Be Me: Happy Birthday to Sheila Jordan

Read "Lucky To Be Me: Happy Birthday to Sheila Jordan" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The broadcast features new releases from vocalist Aubrey Wilson, saxophonist Dean Tsur, pianists Jihee Heo and Jeni Sotchiver plus birthday shoutouts to Jazz Master Sheila Jordan, Diana Krall, Cindy Blackman Santana, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Michelle Ann May, Cynthia Hilts and Kari van der Kloot, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...


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