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Carmen Bradford

Carmen Bradford returned to her birthplace to perform with Austin Women in Jazz in October 1996. She also led a Singers' Performance Workshop session during the concert series. Carmen Bradford was raised in Altadena, California and studied classical music at Huston-Tillotson College in Austin, Texas. She has worked on performance and recording projects with the likes of James Brown, Lou Rawls, Willie Nelson, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, Herbie Hancock, and many others. In the early eighties, Carmen was heard by the great Count Basie and hired as the vocalist with his world renowned Orchestra

NEWS: OBITUARY

Prolific Austin composer, first call pianist Rich Harney dies suddenly at 66

Prolific Austin composer, first call pianist Rich Harney dies suddenly at 66

jny: Austin is mourning the loss of one of its finest and most beloved musicians, pianist Rich Harney. Harney passed away on January 5, 2020, just before a Sunday night trio gig at The Elephant Room. Born in Champaign, Illinois, Harney was a prolific composer first inspired by the recordings of Oscar Peterson. Influences include Thelonious ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center

Read "Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops “Uptown Nights" The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA March 1, 2019 The Philly Pops' “Uptown Nights," as the title implies, revealed itself to be a festive show that featured the music of the 1920s through the 1940s when ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazz for all Ages at Sonesta Resort

Read "Jazz for all Ages at Sonesta Resort" reviewed by Martin McFie

Sonesta Resort Jazz for all Ages Hilton Head Island, SC November 2-5, 2018 It takes a few years for a jazz festival to define its character and purpose. Now, in its fifth year, the jazz festival on Hilton Head Island, SC, has achieved both goals. The character of the festival ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Jeremy Monteiro & Eugene Pao: To Paris With Love, A Tribute to the Genius of Michel Legrand / Jeremy Monteiro & Jazz Brazileiro: Brazilian Dreams

Read "Jeremy Monteiro & Eugene Pao: To Paris With Love,  A Tribute to the Genius of Michel Legrand / Jeremy Monteiro & Jazz Brazileiro: Brazilian Dreams" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Jeremy Monteiro, Singapore's aptly titled King of Swing, is celebrating forty years as a professional jazz pianist and composer in 2016. These two releases span the last twelve months and find Monteiro in two quite distinct settings. The first recording, To Paris with Love: A Tribute to the Genius of Michel Legrand finds Monteiro in a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Darren English: Imagine Nation

Read "Imagine Nation" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

South African trumpeter Darren English (now living in Atlanta) makes an impressive debut on Imagine Nation, a mix of originals and standards. The album's centerpiece is formed by three compositions that are part of a suite paying tribute to freedom fighter Nelson Mandela. The title tune opens the album, an anthemic piece played by English with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Darren English: Imagine Nation

Read "Imagine Nation" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trumpeter Darren English carries the spirit of South Africa and the entire history of jazz in his horn. On this, his debut album, the Cape Town-born, Atlanta-based English pays tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, matches wits and chops with fellow trumpeters Russell Gunn and Joe Gransden on “Cherokee," partners with vocalist Carmen Bradford on a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Count Basie Orchestra at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Read "Count Basie Orchestra at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Count Basie Orchestra Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Scottsdale, Arizona December 19, 2015 The Count Basie Orchestra solidified its 80-year reputation for strong swingability, inventive solo segments and supreme section cohesion during two back-to-back concerts on a tour in support of the band's first-ever Christmas-theme album. But those seasonal charts ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2015

Read "TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Alain Londes

TD Toronto Jazz Festival Various locations Toronto, Canada June 18-29, 2015 With festival season in full swing, it's always an opportunity to see what the state of jazz is and to hopefully discover something new. The challenge is of course that there are always many choices and one might be guided ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz this week: Carmen Bradford, New York Voices, Ramsey Lewis, and more

Jazz this week: Carmen Bradford, New York Voices, Ramsey Lewis, and more

Check out more events at Jazz Near You: St. Louis. This week's lineup of jazz and creative music in and around St. Louis includes a couple of shows by touring jazz vocalists that require a bit of a trek from the city, but should be worth the trip, plus the usual variety of musical styles closer ...


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