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The legendary "Hi De Ho" man was a energetic showman, gifted singer, talented actor and trendsetting fashion plate. A truly larger than life figure in American pop culture, immortalized in cartoons and caricatures, Calloway also led one of the greatest bands of the Swing Era. Consistently ranked among the top bands of the 1930s and 1940s, Calloway's orchestra entertained millions during its heyday, and the bandleader himself continued thrilling audiences up until the time of his death. Born in Rochester, New York, Cab grew up in Baltimore. He studied music and voice as a youth, singing at local speakeasies when he could

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Dynamic Maximum Tension

Read "Dynamic Maximum Tension" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Precursore nel 2009 (con l'innovativo Infernal Machines) del nuovo rinascimento orchestrale nel jazz, Darcy James Argue approda all'etichetta Nonesuch e pubblica il nuovo album in studio: un doppio CD realizzato con i consueti partner della Secret Society più l'aggiunta della cantante Cecile McLorin Salvant e della violinista Sara Caswell. A differenza degli ultimi ...


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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Dynamic Maximum Tension

Read "Dynamic Maximum Tension" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

Darcy James Argue's superb double-album Nonesuch debut offers compositions written throughout his career. He turns to twentieth-century thinkers for “ideas that can help us in the present, that we can reexamine and reconfigure for our own purposes." These include futurist designer Buckminster Fuller, cryptanalyst-computer scientist Alan Turing, composer-arranger Bob Brookmeyer, actress-screenwriter Mae West, trumpeter-mentor Laurie Frink, ...


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Steven Watts (Dotsero) and Mike Mauer, Plus Vice Jazz

Read "Steven Watts (Dotsero) and Mike Mauer, Plus Vice Jazz" reviewed by Steven Roby

Musician interviews on this episode include Steven Watts (Dotsero) and Mike Mauer (Mike Maurer Band.) Plus, we'll explore the vice jazz genre. On Backstage Jazz, you'll hear a blend of contemporary and classic jazz and a touch of soul, funk, and world music, all selected by music journalist and host Steven Roby.Playlist Billy Stewart ...


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Tony Bennett, Milt Hinton & Israel Tanenbaum

Read "Tony Bennett, Milt Hinton & Israel Tanenbaum" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The versatile and talented musician, composer & producer Israel Tanenbaum kicks off the 814th Episode of Neon Jazz with music from his release Impressions. From there, we hear more chartbound music with the likes of Steve Carrington, Anthony Hervey, Steve Snyder and the Terry Gibbs Legacy Band. An interesting project from guitarist Ryan Meagher called AftEarth ...


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Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington & Lena Horn

Read "Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington & Lena Horn" reviewed by Joe Dimino

In honor of the 2022 book Dangerous Rhythms by New York Times best selling author T.J English, we constructed an hour of jazz celebrating the story of his intersection of the mob and the music. It starts in Chicago with the great King Oliver and ends in New York City with Jimmy Durante. In between, we ...

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I Want You di Marvin Gaye: una rigogliosa foresta di simboli jazzistici.

Read "I Want You di Marvin Gaye: una rigogliosa foresta di simboli jazzistici." reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

L'approccio multidisciplinare della scuola storiografica Les Annales offre interessanti spunti di riflessione anche per lo studio della popular music, attraverso un'analisi incrociata di fonti musicali, etnologiche, iconografiche, letterarie, fotografiche e cinematografiche. Grazie al visionario quadro The Sugar Shack del pittore statunitense Ernie Barnes, la copertina di I Want You è una rigogliosa foresta di ...


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Holiday Releases Plus A Celebration of Cab Calloway and More Christmas Capricorns

Read "Holiday Releases Plus A Celebration of Cab Calloway and More Christmas Capricorns" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Christmas broadcast presents holiday releases from Herb Albert and Jessy J as well as more Yuletide music penned by women, with birthday shoutouts to Cab Calloway, Edith Piaf, Sue Maskaleris, Camille Thurman, Chris McNulty, Kerry Politzer, Sean Harkness and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during ...


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Angles: A Muted Reality

Read "A Muted Reality" reviewed by Mark Corroto

For Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen, all music is folk music. Proof of that statement is the Angles' release A Muted Reality. Whether he is referencing Balkan, African, Swedish, American jazz or Spanish dialects, he is drawing on kindred spirits in his music. With the various editions of his Angles projects, from trios to 10-piece small big ...


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Django Reinhardt, James Moody and Nancy Kelly

Read "Django Reinhardt, James Moody and Nancy Kelly" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We kick off the 756th Episode of Neon Jazz with vocalist Nancy Kelly then spin an array of new music from the likes of Sidney Jacobs, The Extended Trio, Pasquale Stefano and Charlton Singleton. Brazilian jazz artist Tetel Di Babuya steps away from her violin in a new role as a singer on her new album ...


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