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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

Album

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.

Album

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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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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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Article: Album Review

Dan Blake: Da Fé

Read "Da Fé" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


A lot of personal factors go into saxophonist Dan Blake's music on this CD, such as his concerns about the environment, his Buddhist teachings and his social activism. What comes out of this is a style of electro-acoustic jazz which is alternately meditative and fiery. The basic music here was performed in the studio ...

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Article: Album Review

Dan Blake: Da Fé

Read "Da Fé" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


It's comforting to know that saxophonist Dan Blake hasn't taken Thoreau's inconvenient truth that “most men lead lives of quiet desperation" to heart. Instead, as his Da Fé (translated: of faith) and his apprenticeships with Anthony Braxton} and {{Julian Lage prove succinctly, Blake intends to bring the music, and the consciousness of our fragility within it, ...

Article: Album Review

Thana Alexa: ONA

Read "ONA" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Ci giunge con un po' di ritardo questo secondo disco della talentuosa vocalist e compositrice Thana Alexa, ma va assolutamente considerato. Anche questo, come già il debutto Ode to Heroes, è un tributo: dalle figure musicali che l'hanno influenzata siamo passati a una celebrazione del genere femminile e al ruolo—spesso sottovalutato—che svolgono nel mondo.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Having A Good Time With Alberta Hunter

Read "Having A Good Time With Alberta Hunter" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates the birthday of legendary pianist and songwriter Alberta Hunter, who returned to the NYC clubs after a twenty year nursing career. Also featured are new releases from composer/arranger Jihye Lee, and vocalists Clare Foster, Aubrey Logan, Alyssa Allgood and Veronica Swift. Other birthday shoutouts include Norah Jones, Tessa Souter, Tina May, Aimee Allen ...

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Cry of the East

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Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 7:19


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