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Bria Skonberg

Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg is described by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Recognized as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat magazine (Summer 2016), Skonberg is newly signed to Sony Music Masterworks’ OKeh Records, and will release her debut LP, simply titled BRIA, on September 23, 2016. Wielding a unique blend of modern-day pop sensibility and sizzling musicianship, Skonberg aims for a sense of allure on the new collection. She credits producer Matt Pierson with helping her create music that is both curious and exotic, playing with tension and storytelling

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Article: Interview

Veronica Swift: A Musical Journey

Read "Veronica Swift: A Musical Journey" reviewed by Mark Robbins


It should be no surprise that Veronica Swift is recognized as one of the top jazz singers on the scene today. Her father was jazz legend Hod O'Brien, a true master of bop and swing piano. Her mother is renowned jazz singer and educator Stephanie Nakasian. Veronica recorded her first album at the age of 9, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celebrating Jazz Geminis Valaida Snow and Memphis Minnie Among Others

Read "Celebrating Jazz Geminis Valaida Snow and Memphis Minnie Among Others" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The first hour celebrates the birthdays of Valaida Snow, known as “Little Louis" and “Queen of the Trumpet," a nickname given to her by W.C. Handy — a virtuoso jazz entertainer who became an internationally celebrated talent. Also in the spotlight is Memphis Minnie, a blues guitarist, and songwriter married to Joe McCoy and later Ernest ...

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News: Event

Celebrate ‘Jazz In Canada’ With Two Free Virtual Concerts April 29-30

Celebrate ‘Jazz In Canada’ With Two Free Virtual Concerts April 29-30

On April 29-30, 2021 at 8PM EDT, audiences are invited to experience the vitality of Canadian Jazz artists’ Kris Davis and FYEAR, co-presented by the National Arts Centre and Canada Council for the Arts, at Germany's jazzahead! These concerts will be streamed online from the National Arts Centre’s Facebook page and simultaneously streamed by 18* Canadian ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

You Reap Just What You Sow - New Releases to Benefit the Jazz Foundation

Read "You Reap Just What You Sow - New Releases to Benefit the Jazz Foundation" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week we feature music that is trying to raise funds to support the Jazz Foundation, by Catherine Russell and the Fred Hersch—Esperanza Spalding duo. We also focus on new releases from Sue Maskaleris, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Alexa Tarantino, W. Allen Taylor, Swingadelic, John Finbury and Magos Herrera, with birthday shoutouts to trumpeter Valaida Snow, guitarist Memphis ...

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News: Music Industry

Dominick Farinacci Debuts Songbook Watch Party: A Live Online Streaming Show to Showcase Jazz Artists and Musical Collaborations

Dominick Farinacci Debuts Songbook Watch Party: A Live Online Streaming Show to Showcase Jazz Artists and Musical Collaborations

Internationally acclaimed trumpeter Dominick Farinacci debuts Songbook Watch Party, an interactive online music experience boasting newly filmed collaborations with musical artists from around the world. Beginning May 3, 2020 Songbook Watch Party will simulcast every Sunday night at 7PM EST on multiple streaming platforms such as ZOOM, Facebook and YouTube. “The goal of Songbook Watch Party,” ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Year New Decade

Read "New Year New Decade" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Happy New Year! The first broadcast of the new decade included new releases by Works for Me, Viktori Japilatovic and Bill Cunliffe, with birthday shout outs to vocalists Susannah McCorkle (pictured), Nancy Lamott, Michelle Walker, Georgia Mancio and Jelena Jovović, saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, pianists Myra Melford and Lisa Hilton, clarinetist Anat Cohen and Clark Terry, among ...

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Article: Year in Review

Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


It was this dozen plus of recordings, among many that deserve mention, that gratefully, again and again and again, pulled my attention away from binge watching the destruction of our cherished, yet all too vulnerable democracy. These are the recordings of 2019 that made it evident that we all need to remain vigilant and engaged, or ...

Album

Nothing Never Happens

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Blackout; So is The Day; Blackbird Fantasy; Square One; Villain Vanguard; Bang Bang; What Now; I Want To Break Free.

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Article: Year in Review

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The human voice was the first musical instrument and many of my favorite releases of the past year show how powerful the voice can be, whether the singer is in a choir, part of an instrumental ensemble or leading the band. Of course there were also many purely instrumental releases that were outstanding as well.


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