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After he took up residence in the lounge of New York's elegant Hotel Carlyle in the late 1960s, vocalist and pianist Bobby Short became an icon of New York and American cultural life. Short called himself a saloon singer, but actually he roosted at the top of the hierarchy of entertainers who perform in cocktail lounges, and indeed he did much to define the modern categories of lounge singer and cabaret singer. New York visitors stopped in at the Café Carlyle for decades to hear Bobby Short, to glimpse the lifestyles of the city's well-heeled residents, and to take a tour through the classics of American popular song with one of its most knowledgeable curators for a guide. Robert Waltrip Short, the ninth of ten children, was born in the small town Danville, Illinois, on September 15, 1924

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Article: Radio

Jazz Virgos Lovie Austin, Emily Remler and More Welcome the Equinox

Read "Jazz Virgos Lovie Austin, Emily Remler and More Welcome the Equinox" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week the show features new releases from pianists Marcin Wasilewski with Joe Lovano, Miki Yamanaka, saxophonists Sharel Cassity and Harry Allen with birthday shoutouts to guitarist Emily Remler (pictured), pianists Lovie Austin, Kait Dunton, Helen Sung, Bobby Short, vocalists Wesla Whitfield, Nicolas Bearde, Catherine Russell, Giacomo Gates, saxophonist Vi Redd and more. Thanks for listening ...

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Article: Radio

It Might Be You in the Dark - Celebrating Dave Grusin and Big Bill Broonzy

Read "It Might Be You in the Dark - Celebrating Dave Grusin and Big Bill Broonzy" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The end of June broadcast included a new single from trombonist and vocalist Aubrey Logan with Hagelslag, plus new releases from the Vanessa Perica Orchestra, with birthday shoutouts to vocalists Madeline Eastman, Tierney Sutton and Gillian Margot, composer and pianist Dave Grusin, harpist Brandee Younger and bluesman Big Bill Broonzy. Playlist Rachel Z “Artemisia" ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Andrew Rothman

Read "Meet Andrew Rothman" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


Lawyer, audiophile, lifelong arts enthusiast, our newest Super Fan's life plan was to be a classical pianist, until college took him in another direction. But it was two “major epiphanies" (the first time he heard Miles Davis and, later, Bill Evans) that turned him into a jazz Super Fan--such a Super Fan, in fact, that he ...

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Article: Radio

Contemporary Carols by Women and Grammy nominations

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This Christmas Eve's broadcast included new releases by Allison Au, Camille Thurman and John Daversa Big Band, with a first look at some Grammy nominees, plus birthday shout outs to Edith Piaf, Bob Brookmeyer and Lil Green , among others. Playlist Geri Allen “Joy and Wonder" from The Gathering (Verve) 00:00 Champian Fulton “Merry ...

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Article: Radio

Downhearted Blues and Music in the Air

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Happy 90th birthday to alto saxophonist Vi Redd, who opens the broadcast, along with Downhearted Blues from fellow Libra Lovie Austin. In the third hour, some hurricane inspired music followed by tributes to John Coltrane, Jon Hendricks and Leonard Cohen with a reminder from Willie Nelson to stay “Young at Heart." Playlist Vi ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Flame Keepers: National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Read "Flame Keepers: National Jazz Museum in Harlem" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


On 129th Street, in the heart of Harlem, Loren Schoenberg emerges from a crowded back room with an unusual looking recording. Aluminum discs like the one he holds, were the first instant, electrical means of recording. Invented in 1929 they were a means of allowing radio stations to record and archive live programs that could be ...

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Article: Album Review

Carol Welsman: Alone Together

Read "Alone Together" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Canadian jazz pianist and vocalist Carol Welsman unveils her eleventh album as leader with the audacious Alone Together where she's never alone and altogether very spicy and splendid on vocals as well as on the keys. The album contains a superb selection of time-honored standards like Sammy Cahn's “Day By Day," Rodgers & Hammerstein's oft-recorded “It ...

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Article: Album Review

Laura Tate: I Must Be Dreaming: A Tribute to the Music of Mel Harker

Read "I Must Be Dreaming: A Tribute to the Music of Mel Harker" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Were Bobby Short a woman and New York City's Café Carlyle a Dallas honky tonk, then he would be one Laura Tate playing a brand of roadhouse cabaret in her hometown. Tate's third recording (after Songs From My Suitcase (Self Produced, 2013) and Blue Train (Self Produced, 2014)), I Must Be Dreaming is a fine-tuned affair ...

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Article: Book Review

The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artist at the White House 1969-1974

Read "The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artist at the White House 1969-1974" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artist at the White House 1969 -1974 Edward Allan Faine 229 Pages ISBN: #9780985795245 IM Press 2014 There is something puzzling and curious about a book documenting jazz performances at the White House specifically during the Nixon Administration. A thoroughly divisive historical figure, ...


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