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Cassandra Wilson


The voice is more visual than audible; shaded, iridescent, tangible, substantial. It seems to flow effortlessly. Read any of the dozen or so biographies on Cassandra Wilson and you’ll discover some basics: born and reared in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s and 70s by musician and educator parents. Classically trained on piano from age 6 until the age of 13, she also received further musical instruction as a clarinetist for the concert and marching bands of secondary school. During the 70s, she could be found performing Joni Mitchell songs behind an acoustic guitar, or singing with a blues band in Little Rock, Arkansas, in front of a large funk band in Jackson, or in the company of long-time friends in an all-girls ensemble

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Louis Armstrong, Shana Tucker, Incognito and More

Read "Louis Armstrong, Shana Tucker, Incognito and More" reviewed by Jua Howard

Welcome Music Family! Per usual, I've got some great music in store for you this week including new music from Shana Tucker and Abena Koomson-Davis; and plenty more timeless music from artists such as Louis Armstrong, Nnenna Freelon, Ian Shaw and Incognito. Come get lost in the music with me!Playlist Intro 00:00 Mike LeDonne ...


Article: Jazz in Long Form

The Lyrics They Are 'A Changing: Lyrical Liberties In "Lover, Come Back To Me" And "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise"

Read "The Lyrics They Are 'A Changing: Lyrical Liberties In "Lover, Come Back To Me" And "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise"" reviewed by Alex Segal

Frank Sinatra's greatness is evident in his making the songs he sang his own. And his doing this is connected to his, on occasion, changing the lyric of a song--even a very good lyric. But according to good anecdotal evidence, Cole Porter and Ira Gershwin--suppliers of some of the best lyrics Sinatra sang--did not take kindly ...


Article: Album Review

Doug Wamble: Blues in the Present Tense

Read "Blues in the Present Tense" reviewed by Vic Albani

I testi cantati del “Blues al presente" di Doug Wamble parlano degli americani “turlupinati" dal cinismo del signor Donald Trump: «Non leggere i loro giornali / Non guardare le loro news / Non cominciare a pensare, baby», canta Wamble in “Blues in the Present Tense," mettendosi proprio nei panni del discusso personaggio mettendo in qualche modo ...


Article: Live Review

George Colligan Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café

Read "George Colligan Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

George Colligan Quartet Chris' Jazz Café jny:Philadelphia. PA March 29, 2024 Chris Hove of All About Jazz once wrote that pianist and multi-instrumentalist George Colligan is “one of the best kept secrets in jazz." It's not clear why he is such a secret, since. as saxophonist Don ...


Article: Liner Notes

Brian Lynch: Con Clave Vol.2

Read "Brian Lynch: Con Clave Vol.2" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The jazz musician's road to success and sustainability is a rocky one, marked with more than its share of ups and downs. Becoming the norm as of late, those with the strongest staying power have increased their flexibility by becoming more diverse in their efforts. The affect is thus twofold-providing an income to pay the rent, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New releases from Geri Allen & Kurt Rosenwinkel, Isle of Klezbos With Holiday Recordings By George Gee, Liam Forde, Laila Biali, Julie Benko & More

Read "New releases from Geri Allen & Kurt Rosenwinkel, Isle of Klezbos With Holiday Recordings By George Gee, Liam Forde, Laila Biali, Julie Benko & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases by Geri Allen & Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tom Ricci, Isle Of Klezbos and Jelena Jovovic, with holiday recordings from the George Gee Swing Orchestra, Liam Forde, Laila Biali and Julie Benko, plus birthday shoutouts to Dave Brubeck, Cory Weeds, Diane Schuur, Jihee Heo, Cassandra Wilson and Amanda Tosoff, among others. Thanks for ...


Article: Album Review

Jeremy Monteiro: Sings

Read "Sings" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Singapore's King of Swing, as pianist Jeremy Monteiro is fondly known in the Lion City-state, has been plying his professional craft since 1976. Since then, Monteiro has played thousands of gigs, many of those with the likes of James Moody, Jimmy Cobb, Michael Brecker, Benny Golson, Charlie Haden, Jay Anderson and Ernie Watts. Talk about paying ...


Article: Album Review

Lafayette Gilchrist: Undaunted

Read "Undaunted" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Barn-burning, barrel-housing pianist Lafayette Gilchrist may or may not be known by everyone pretending to be hip and attuned or even by the rather rarefied company he has been known to keep--David Murray, Cassandra Wilson, Andrew Cyrille--but Undaunted is going to get him some much deserved attention. Abundant with cajones and plenty of rhythm, ...


Article: Album Review

Samara Joy: Linger Awhile [Deluxe Edition]

Read "Linger Awhile [Deluxe Edition]" reviewed by Dave Linn

Samara Joy's meteoric rise since graduating from High School has been well documented. As a college junior, she filmed herself singing Ella Fitzgerald's “Take Love Easy" accompanied by one of her professors, pianist Pete Malinverni. The video went viral, garnering over one million views. She then put up a GoFundMe page, quickly reaching the $8,000 goal ...


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