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Billy Childs

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Billy Childs has emerged as one of the foremost American composers of his era, perhaps the most distinctly American composer since Aaron Copland – for like Copland, he has successfully married the musical products of his heritage with the Western neoclassical traditions of the twentieth century in a powerful symbiosis of style, range, and dynamism. A native of Los Angeles, Childs grew up immersed in jazz, classical, and popular music influences. A prodigious talent at the piano earned him public performances by age six, and at sixteen he was admitted to the USC Community School of the Performing Arts, going on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition under the tutelage of Robert Linn and Morten Lauridsen. By the time of his graduation from USC, Childs was already an in-demand performer in the L.A

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Wise One: Celebrating The Music of John Coltrane

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Moment's Notice; Dahomey Dance; Syeeda's Song Flute; Wise One; Naima; Song of the Underground Railroad; Spiritual.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rock Songs as Jazz with Charles Lloyd, Lisa Hilton and others

Read "Rock Songs as Jazz with Charles Lloyd, Lisa Hilton and others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show has jazz musicians interpreting a wide variety of rock and pop songs. There is Charles Lloyd playing Bob Dylan, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra playing David Bowie and much more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Alison Shearer, Quentin Angus, Chiara Izzi, The Grace Fox Big Band and More

Read "New Releases From Alison Shearer, Quentin Angus, Chiara Izzi, The Grace Fox Big Band and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from saxophonist Alison Shearer, guitarist Quentin Angus featuring Michael Mayo, the Grace Fox Big Band, vocalists Chiara Izzi, Angela Verbrugge and Carol Lipnik with birthday shoutouts to Bobby McFerrin, Billy Childs, Shirley Scott, Carole Bayer Sager, Keely Smith, Marilyn Harris, Nicki Parrott and Judy Niemack, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New releases from Hiromi, Karen Marguth, Houston Person and Beth McKenna

Read "New releases from Hiromi, Karen Marguth, Houston Person and Beth McKenna" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from pianist Hiromi, vocalists Karuna Shinsho, Karen Marguth and saxophonists Houston Person and Beth McKenna with birthday shoutouts to Anita O'Day, Bobby Troup, Esperanza Spalding, Laura Nyro (born on the same day -how cool is that?), Thelonious Monk, Jenna Mammina, Jane Bunnett, Lakecia Benjamin, Freddy Cole and more. Thanks for listening ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Mike Clark: The Drummer Gets (And Gives) Some!

Read "Mike Clark: The Drummer Gets (And Gives) Some!" reviewed by Doug Collette


Drummer Mike Clark must've already had some estimable pedigree in the first place to be invited to join Herbie Hancock's seminal funk/fusion ensemble Headhunters back in the Seventies. But the man at the kit only built upon his existing prestige during his tenure with that group and then went on to expand upon his rep with ...

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Article: Album Review

Lyle Mays: Eberhard

Read "Eberhard" reviewed by John Kelman


When pianist, keyboardist, synthesist and composer Lyle Mays passed away at the far too young age of 66 following a long battle with a recurring (but, to this day, undisclosed) illness in February 2020, it was a major loss for his fans. It was an especially deep body blow to those who'd followed his decades-long work ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts As Women's History Month Continues

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts As Women's History Month Continues" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Now in full swing, Women's History Month continues—this broadcast features new releases from Jane Monheit, Rebecca Dumaine, Yelena Eckemoff, Roni Ben-Hur and Kenney Polson with birthday shoutouts to Keely Smith, Shirley Scott, Nicki Parrott, Judy Niemack, Anat Fort, Miki Yamanaka, Bobby McFerrin and Mark Murphy, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Maria Pia de Vito, Becca Stevens, Elan Mehler, Daniel Casimir & More New Releases

Read "Maria Pia de Vito, Becca Stevens, Elan Mehler, Daniel Casimir & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The year ended as it started, and as if COVID-19 never were, with a heart-warming slew of great new releases. Here's the last installment for 2020 acting as a great omen for an equally rewarding 2021 jazz year.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Various Artists ...

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Selections Of Some New Releases From 2020

Read "Selections Of Some New Releases From 2020" reviewed by Len Davis


Music from Aaron Parks, Dusan Jevtovic, Billy Childs and more. Playlist Aaron Parks “Attention Earthlings" from Little Big 2-Dreams of a Mechanical Man (Ropeadope) 00:00 Rymden “Terminal One" from Space Sailors (Jazzlandl) 06:21 Dusan Jevtovic “Si Pooro" from Now You See Me (Self Produced) 12:41 Bosque “Escape From Urumchi" from escape From Urumchi (Metropolisl) ...


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