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Carmen Staaf

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'Winner of the festival's piano competition last year, Staaf could have earned a small slot on the program on the strength of her technique alone. What stood out, though, were her compositions, particularly the fanciful "Merry Go Round," and her trio's fresh interpretation of Denzil Best's "45 Degree Angle," a Williams favorite.' - David Malitz, The Washington Post (review of the 2010 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival opening night concert at the Kennedy Center). 'Next to take the stage was Carmen Staaf, winner of the 2009 Mary Lou Williams Pianist Competition. Performing with a trio, Staaf presented a mix of original compositions and pieces somehow related to Williams. For each, Staaf provided a detailed explanation of its origins, adding a heartfelt explanation of her respect for William's music and generosity of spirit. Equally sincere in her playing, Staaf delivered clearly articulated ideas, particularly on her own well-structured original compositions

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Allegra Levy: Lose My Number

Read "Lose My Number" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Dopo aver esplorato nell'ultimo Looking at the Moon tredici song ispirati alla luna (dai classici standard “Blue Moon" e “Moon River" ai più recenti “Harvest Moon" di Neil Young e “Pink Moon" di Nick Drake) la cantante Allegra Levy sviluppa nel quarto disco un percorso più impegnativo. Ha scritto delle liriche per nove composizioni di ...

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New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts to Joanne Brackeen, Annie Ross, Kate Bush And More

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts to Joanne Brackeen, Annie Ross, Kate Bush And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Jesse Garland, Marilyn Scott and trombonist Michael Dease, with birthday shoutouts to Joanne Brackeen, Annie Ross, as well as vocalists Carla Hassett, Nnenna Freelon, saxophonist Tara Davidson, and Kate Bush among others. Congratulations to new NEA Jazz Master Regina Carter . Thanks for listening and please support the artists ...

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Midsummer Releases From Duo Carmen Staaf & Allison Miller, Vocalists Deb Rasmussen and Lainie Cooke Plus Birthday Shoutouts And More

Read "Midsummer Releases From Duo Carmen Staaf & Allison Miller, Vocalists Deb Rasmussen and Lainie Cooke Plus Birthday Shoutouts And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from duo Carmen Staaf & Allison Miller, vocalists Deb Rasmussen and Lainie Cooke, Vancouver duo Laura Crema & Bill Coon, with birthday shoutouts to Lisa Maxwell, Cynthia Scott, Carmen Bradford, Helen Merrill, Nicole Glover, Janis Siegel and Luciana Souza, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear ...

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Camilla George, Bennie Maupin, Sasha Berliner, Tumi Mogorosi & More New Releases

Read "Camilla George, Bennie Maupin, Sasha Berliner, Tumi Mogorosi & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


From Africa to Brooklyn, and a few stops in between, a playlist replete with a diverse range of new and upcoming albums.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Kamil Piotrowicz Sextet “TFE" Weird Heaven (Howard) 0:16 Host talks 3:14 Sasha Berliner “Ephemerality" Onyx (JMI Recordings) 4:18 ...

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Songs of the Heart Plus Birthday Celebrations for Carole King and Blanche Calloway

Read "Songs of the Heart Plus Birthday Celebrations for Carole King and Blanche Calloway" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents songs of the heart for Valentines Day, new releases from vocalists Eugenie Jones and Hinda Hoffman plus birthday shoutouts to Carole King (80 years young) and Blanche Calloway, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of pandemic so they can continue ...

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Occasionally

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Wedding Day; Whoosh/Ooomph; 624 (What We Imagined); Valiant on Valance; Black Suits, White Smoke; D2; 624 revisited (What We Became); Bouncin' Off the Walls; Warm and Fuzzy.

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Da Fé

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Prologue—A New Normal; Cry Of The East; Like Fish In Puddles; Pain; The Grifter; The Cliff; Doctor Armchair; Da Fé; Epilogue: It Heals Itself.

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Pat Donaher: Occasionally

Read "Occasionally" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Occasionally sees saxophonist Pat Donaher reflecting on a few milestones in his life to date. He does this by writing and performing compositions which are all dedicated to occasions and people that have been special to him. Donaher's varied set of tunes is played here by an excellent group with Jason Palmer on trumpet, ...

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New Releases and A Celebration of Mary Lou Williams

Read "New Releases and A Celebration of Mary Lou Williams" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Our Mothers Day broadcast highlights new releases from Jennifer Wharton's Bonegasm, vocalists Dee Daniels, Bill Kwan, Roxana Amed and saxophonist Alexa Tarantino with birthday shoutouts to Mary Lou Williams (a formidable Jazz Mother on so many fronts), Andrea Brachfeld and Tania Maria, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing ...


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