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Blossom Dearie

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Blossom Dearie was a remarkable American jazz vocalist, pianist and composer from the bebop era known for her unique voice, definitive arranging style and continent spanning career. From recordings and radio to Calvin Klein ads, the Gilmore Girls television show, and many other film and TV soundtracks, her career swung into the 21st Century. Christina Aguilera and Carly Rae Jepsen are fans, and her friend Tony Bennett honored her as a jazz influence. Elton John recently named the piano he uses in his Las Vegas shows after Blossom. Blossom Dearie was born in the Catskill Mountains of New York State and was given her name by three proud brothers who brought pear blossoms into the house upon her arrival

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

African Cookbook, A Vocal Tangent, A Dizzy Atmosphere

Read "African Cookbook, A Vocal Tangent, A Dizzy Atmosphere" reviewed by David Brown


This week, South African jazz artists to African sounds in jazz, a vocal tangent, and finally, a Dizzy atmosphere. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Epistrophy (Theme)" from Live At The It Club (Complete) (Columbia) 00:15 Somi “House of the Rising Sun" from Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba (Salon Africana) 01:50 Nduduzo Makhathini “Amathongo" from In ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celebrating Jazz Foremothers Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie and Shirley Horn

Read "Celebrating Jazz Foremothers Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie and Shirley Horn" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the first of May with new releases from the San Gabriel 7 featuring Sinne Eeg, Rebecca Martin, Sven Anderson and Jackie Messina, with birthday shoutouts to Duke Ellington, Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie and Shirley Horn, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Blossom Dearie

Jazz Musician of the Day: Blossom Dearie

All About Jazz is celebrating Blossom Dearie's birthday today! Blossom Dearie was a remarkable American jazz vocalist, pianist and composer from the bebop era known for her unique voice, definitive arranging style and continent spanning career. From recordings and radio to Calvin Klein ads, the Gilmore Girls television show, and many other film and TV soundtracks, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Raining Cats And... Even More Cats!

Read "Raining Cats And... Even More Cats!" reviewed by H William Stine


I wanted to do a special show for a special audience who never choose to listen to the show but listen to the show nearly every week, often sitting in someone's lap or, more likely, sitting in exactly the chair someone else wants to sit in. So I dedicated the show to all the cats who ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

It's Infrastructure Week!

Read "It's Infrastructure Week!" reviewed by H William Stine


This week I paid tribute to the roads and highways, the bridges and tunnels, the power, communications, and water systems. I thought I'd better hurry up and celebrate Infrastructure Week before everything crumbles, fizzles out, implodes, and self-destructs.  Playlist Cody Owen Stine “Paris Mismatch (Theme Music)" 00:00 Rosemary Clooney “On The Road Again" from ...

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Article: Album Review

Juliet Varnedoe: Cajun Blue

Read "Cajun Blue" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


New York based singer songwriter Juliet Varnedoe has a plan. She has developed a New Orleans themed recording, Cajun Blue, which is to be released later this year, a collection of eight original blues and jazz songs combining the disparate influences of King Oliver Creole Band, the classical French chanson as realized by Blossom Dearie and ...

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Article: Album Review

Pete Malinverni: On the Town: Pete Malinverni Plays Leonard Bernstein

Read "On the Town: Pete Malinverni Plays Leonard Bernstein" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


The presumptive title of this release is On The Town, but in reality it covers more than just the music from that titled 1944 Leonard Bernstein Broadway musical. The ever thoughtful and vivid pianist Pete Malinverni along with his savvy and accomplished companions bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Jeff Hamilton have made this release an oeuvre ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New All Star Compilation To Benefit The Musician's Emergency Fund, Live Oscar Peterson and Remembering Margo Guryan

Read "New All Star Compilation To Benefit The Musician's Emergency Fund, Live Oscar Peterson  and Remembering Margo Guryan" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents a 1987 Oscar Peterson concert recording, a benefit for the Jazz Foundation's Musician's Emergency Fund, new releases from Alex Hamburger, Kristen R. Bromley plus a single from Janis Ian, with birthday shoutouts to Nioka Workman, Holli Ross, Johnny Mercer, Diana Krall, Sheila Jordan and more. In the first hour, a remembrance for singer/songwriter ...

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Article: Jazz Fiction

Another Story

Read "Another Story" reviewed by Matthew Michael Sweeney


Spencer said, “This is going to make you very angry, but you need to go the bathroom right now and smile into the mirror. Just remember I'm doing this because I love you very much. Don't talk to or look at anybody until you do that." They stood facing each other, Spencer and Diane, ...


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