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Carmen McRae

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Considered by jazz aficionados to be among the top ten female vocalists of all time, Carmen McRae's distinctive behind-the-beat phrasing, impeccable vocal control, and witty, sometimes acerbic way of conveying a lyric are what set her apart as a singularly great singer. She considered jazz great Billie Holiday to be a musical mentor. But this Queen of Cool had her own sound and style; including an amazing ability to scat. The versatile McRae could swing hard when it was called for; next she could draw out a ballad, savoring each note and syllable without losing audience attention, she was in a class by herself. McRae was fortunate enough to have been raised by a family prosperous enough to afford a piano and lessons

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Take Five With Renée Manning

Read "Take Five With Renée Manning" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Renée Manning Widely celebrated vocalist/composer, Renée Manning, has been educating students ages 2 to 100 years for the past 35 years. During her 10 years as instructor and Vocal Chair at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, she has been awarded several grants including Met Life grants for her choral work with Prospect Hill Senior Center, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Judy Garland Centennial & More Jazz Gemini Birthdays

Read "New Releases, Judy Garland Centennial & More Jazz Gemini Birthdays" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from guitarists Jocelyn Gould, Mary Halvorson and vocalists Jennifer Gammill and Shiri Zorn with birthday shoutouts to Judy Garland (100!) pianists Hazel Scott, Irene Higginbotham, Geri Allen and vocalist Lili Anel, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear on the show--see them live, buy (don't just ...

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Video: Carmen McRae With Clarke/Boland

Video: Carmen McRae With Clarke/Boland

Another day of Carmen McRae at JazzWax, which means you're in for another treat. Today, Bill Kirchner sent along a link to a 1970 taped performance for German TV by McRae with the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band. It seems the taping was done without an audience. My guess is audience applause was overdubbed for the ...

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News: Video / DVD

Carmen McRae: 'After Glow'

Carmen McRae: 'After Glow'

Carmen McRae's 1950s Decca recordings remain among her most formative and exquisite. Recorded between 1954 and 1958, the label's nine McRae albums and roughly two dozen singles uniformly captured her voice in solid form, while it was still bouncing around in the midrange before it dropped in the 1960s. After Glow, backed mostly by the Ray ...

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Article: Interview

Brian Auger's Revolution In Jazz

Read "Brian Auger's Revolution In Jazz" reviewed by Jim Santella


This interview first appeared at All About Jazz in November 2000. Born and raised in jny: London, Brian Auger came up through those crazy years in music. The 1960s were all about change. Things were being done in jazz that hadn't been considered earlier. Lifestyles and values were changing too, and that was affecting ...

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Article: Interview

Javon Jackson: Wading In Spiritual Waters

Read "Javon Jackson: Wading In Spiritual Waters" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Saxophonist Javon Jackson, he of the sonorous tenor tone and the inquisitive musical mind, embarked last year on a musical project with a different twist. Jackson, a follower of Sonnys Stitt and Rollins, is known as a a jazz fiend, one of the dauntless players of his era. His superb playing is marked by ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Catherine Russell Plus Jazz Birthday Celebrations For Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Dorothy Donegan & More

Read "New Releases From Catherine Russell Plus Jazz Birthday Celebrations For Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Dorothy Donegan & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Catherine Russell, Katriona Taylor and pianist Lisa Hilton with birthday shoutouts to Dorothy Donegan (100!), Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Barbara Lea and Marilyn Maye (going strong at 94) among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of pandemic ...

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News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Carmen McRae

Jazz Musician of the Day: Carmen McRae

All About Jazz is celebrating Carmen McRae's birthday today! Considered by jazz aficionados to be among the top ten female vocalists of all time, Carmen McRae's distinctive behind-the-beat phrasing, impeccable vocal control, and witty, sometimes acerbic way of conveying a lyric are what set her apart as a singularly great singer. She considered jazz great Billie ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Alison Shearer, Quentin Angus, Chiara Izzi, The Grace Fox Big Band and More

Read "New Releases From Alison Shearer, Quentin Angus, Chiara Izzi, The Grace Fox Big Band and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from saxophonist Alison Shearer, guitarist Quentin Angus featuring Michael Mayo, the Grace Fox Big Band, vocalists Chiara Izzi, Angela Verbrugge and Carol Lipnik with birthday shoutouts to Bobby McFerrin, Billy Childs, Shirley Scott, Carole Bayer Sager, Keely Smith, Marilyn Harris, Nicki Parrott and Judy Niemack, among others. Thanks for listening and ...


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