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Bobby McFerrin

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Bobby McFerrin is one of the natural wonders of the music world. A ten-time Grammy Award winner, he is one of the world's best-known vocal innovators and improvisers, a world-renowned classical conductor, the creator of "Don't Worry Be Happy", one of the most popular songs of the late 20th century, and a passionate spokesman for music education. His recordings have sold over 20 million copies, and his collaborations including those with with Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea, the Vienna Philharmonic, and Herbie Hancock have established him as an ambassador of both the classical and jazz worlds. With a four-octave range and a vast array of vocal techniques, McFerrin is no mere singer; he is music's last true Renaissance man, a vocal explorer who has combined jazz, folk and a multitude of world music influences - choral, a cappella, and classical music - with his own ingredients

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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 ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby McFerrin

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby McFerrin

All About Jazz is celebrating Bobby McFerrin's birthday today! Bobby McFerrin is one of the natural wonders of the music world. A ten-time Grammy Award winner, he is one of the world's best-known vocal innovators and improvisers, a world-renowned classical conductor, the creator of “Don't Worry Be Happy", one of the most popular songs of the ...

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Article: Interview

Gretchen Parlato: Pursuing Her Passion

Read "Gretchen Parlato: Pursuing Her Passion" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


"I haven't gotten dressed up like that for a few years," says singer Gretchen Parlato with an infectious chuckle. “It'll be nice." The unassuming and down-to earth Parlato was breezily referring to the 2021 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 31. Her latest album Flor (Edition Records), inspired by the music of Brazil, ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Michał, Adam and Piotr of the Confusion Project

Read "Take Five with Michał, Adam and Piotr of the Confusion Project" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Confusion Project Confusion Project is a jazz trio from Poland, established in 2013. Confusion Project could be said to take a neoromantic approach to jazz fusion, with extensive compositions, strong melodies and complex rhythms. Confusion Project has released 4 albums to date. The latest one, entitled Last was released in October 2021. The ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Madison McFerrin is "shedding the narrative"

Read "Madison McFerrin is "shedding the narrative"" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Madison McFerrin says she's “Shedding the narrative about what it means to be an artist in the music industry." In fact, she says she's had to learn to shed a lot of things. Like her “identity."She calls herself an independent singer-songwriter, which is both true and also not entirely the whole story. Questlove calls ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jon Hendricks: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Jon Hendricks: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Peter Jones


Considering he reached the ripe old age of 37 before recording an album, Jon Hendricks' jazz legacy is remarkable. Although a singer, in his head he was more of an instrumentalist. When he improvised, he would imitate the tenor saxophone, the flute, the trombone, or the double-bass. His professional singing career lasted from 1932, when he ...

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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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News: Recording

Singapore Pianist Jeremy Monteiro Teams With Jay Anderson And Lewis Nash For 'Live At No Black Tie'

Singapore Pianist Jeremy Monteiro Teams With Jay Anderson And Lewis Nash For 'Live At No Black Tie'

Pianist Jeremy Monteiro considers himself a very fortunate man. Renowned as one of the premier jazz pianists in Singapore, he is presently entering the 45th year of a career spanning concerts, education, and music administration. He has played and recorded with many of the world’s greatest jazz artists, including James Moody, Benny Golson, Michael Brecker, Bobby ...

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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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