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Mark Winkler: Old Friends

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The appeal of singer and lyricist Mark Winkler is not that he has an outstanding vocal instrument. Rather, it is uniquely unique; easily identifiable. Winkler has what Broadway composers once called a “lyricist's voice." It is a voice of a song writer that is honest and genuine and that is where Winkler gets to the listener. ...

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Lauren White: Ever Since The World Ended

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There is a cadre of West Coast jazz musicians who tacitly orbit one Mark Winkler. This embarrassing wealth of talent includes: Cheryl Bentyne, Dolores Scozzesi, Judy Wexler, Robyn Spangler, Gary Brumburgh, Jeffery Gimble, Ada Bird Wolfe, and our present subject, Lauren White. White, an original East Coast product, expatriated to Westward to act and sing...and record. ...

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Mirna Bogdanovic: Confrontation

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Arrestingly postmodern and warmly familiar in the same space, Mirna Bogdanović's fourth release, Confrontation, stops just short of dismantling contemporary jazz and pop in favor of retaining those elements that tickle the memory's nostalgia receptors in such a way that the listener recognises the music as compelling, while at the same time not being able to ...

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Alyssa Allgood: What Tomorrow Brings

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In the chemistry lab, solvents are said to be punctilious when they have been completely purified through filtering, distillation, and chromatography. Punctilious ether, if a sound, could be compared to the perfectly polished tone generated from lead crystal when struck with a platinum spoon. This is the level of refinement heard in Alyssa Allgood's voice on ...

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Harry Allen: Milo's Illinois

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"We baked all our own bread." Daniel Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year The COVID pandemic has changed many things about daily life, creating something of a new, mutated “normal." This is no more apparent than in many of the “outside-the-box" methods that performance artists have used to subsist and ply their ...

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Article: Book Review

The Essential W. Royal Stokes: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond 2020

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The Essential W. Royal Stokes: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond W. Royal Stokes 560 Pages ISBN: # 979-8611405475 Hannah Books 2020 Musician-actor Martin Mull once expressed that, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." That is certainly good for a laugh, but there is a lot of music out ...

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Early Music: A Very Short Introduction by Thomas Forrest Kelly

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Early Music: A Very Short Introduction Thomas Forrest Kelly 144 Pages ISBN: # 978-0199730766 Oxford University Press 2011 There is a Romantic desire to get back to the beginning of things because, somehow, a certain purity is believed to have existed that has since been sullied by modernity and ...

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Lara Solnicki: The One And The Other

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Among feelings are nervousness and anxiety. While synonymous in any thesaurus, the two words differ in the same way that thankfulness and gratitude differ, that is, in focus. Nervousness and thankfulness often have no focus, no definite object creating them. Anxiety and gratitude are those feelings, those reactions to the specific. Something clearly gives rise to ...

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Corinne Mammana: Yes, No, Next

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Vocalist Corinne Mammana follows her 2016 EP Under An August Moon (CD Baby) with her full-length debut, Yes, No, Next. Blending the tried-and-true (Irving Berlin's “Blue Skies" taken straight ahead) with the downright inventive (The Cure's “Lovesong" rendered as a smooth samba), Mammana demonstrates a dense and fearless creative mettle not frequently equalled by her peers. ...

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Veronica Swift: This Bitter Earth

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It seems jazz vocalist Veronica Swift has been in the music business all of her life, and for good reason: There is the well documented fact that she is the daughter of jazz pianist Hod O'Brien and singer Stephanie Nakasian, and she debuted on record at nine years old with Veronica's House of Jazz (SNOB, 2004). ...


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