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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: ALBUM REVIEW

Veronica Swift: This Bitter Earth

Read "This Bitter Earth" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It seems jazz vocalist Veronica Swift has been in the music business all of her life, and for good reason: There is the well documented fact that she is the daughter of jazz pianist Hod O'Brien and singer Stephanie Nakasian, and she debuted on record at nine years old with Veronica's House of Jazz (SNOB, 2004). ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Saluting Harold Arlen

Read "Saluting Harold Arlen" reviewed by Russell Perry

Born Hyman Arluck on February 15, 1905, Harold Arlen was one of the most important composers of the Great American songbook. Arlen's first collaboration with lyricist Ted Koehler, “Get Happy," became his first hit in 1930 and ever since his tunes have been covered by jazz artists. In 2000, his collaboration with Yip Harburg, “Over the ...

Ella 100 Live at the Apollo

Label: Concord Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Judy; Opening Remarks; A Ticket-A Basket; When I Get Low I Get High; Ain't Misbehavin'; Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me; Love You Madly; The Nearness of You; Oh, Lady Be Good; How High is the Moon; Back to the Apollo; I Loves You Porgy/There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For NY; Cry Me A River; Honeysuckle Rose; Once In A While; You'll Have To Swing It Mr. Paganini)/Paganini Bows Reprise; People

ARTICLE: RADIO

Celebrating New Holiday Releases and Connee Boswell's Birthday

Read "Celebrating New Holiday Releases and Connee Boswell's Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The broadcast features new holiday releases from vibraphonist Warren Wolf and vocalists Lauren Henderson, CeCe Gable, Avery Raquel and Leslie Odom, Jr., plus birthday shoutouts to Connee Boswell, Dave Brubeck (100!) saxophonist Melissa Aldana, Cassandra Wilson and pianist Amina Figarova among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Highlights of Jazz in the Early 1990s (1987 - 1994)

Read "Highlights of Jazz in the Early 1990s (1987 - 1994)" reviewed by Russell Perry

This is the 95th of 100 programs in the Jazz at 100 series. For 94 programs, we have moved on a roughly chronological path through 100 years of jazz recordings, following trends, introducing major players and stylistic evolutions. As we approach the present, we face the historian's dilemma: in more recent music, what performances will have ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sir Stevie: Jammin' on Stevie Wonder - Part 2

Read "Sir Stevie: Jammin' on Stevie Wonder - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Stevie Wonder has often infused his performances with compelling renditions of jazz standards like Miles' “All Blues" or Coltrane's “Giant Steps." In return, countless jazz musicians have looked into his Songbook for compositions that would provide them with a fertile ground for their own explorations. In the second part of our “Stevie @70" ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

3x3: Piano Trios: April 2020

Read "3x3: Piano Trios: April 2020" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Andy Milne The Re:Mission Contrology Records 2020 Though Andy Milne actually hasn't recorded in the classic trio format before, you'd never know it just from The Re:Mission. He's been no slouch in many other settings, from supporting Cassandra Wilson or Steve Coleman to the genre-mashingly ambitious Dapp Theory quintet. Having always ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Ella 100 Live at the Apollo

Read "Ella 100 Live at the Apollo" reviewed by Jim Worsley

To be taken back in time within the scope of a period piece movie has long been a staple. Some journeys feel much more real than others, but the concept is commonplace. Venturing into the past with only the audio of a CD or record is, as they might have said back in 1934, “a whole ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note Review 2: Spirit & Time and More

Read "Blue Note Review 2: Spirit & Time and More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Lots of cool features this week. First, Side 2 of the new-music LP from 2nd limited-edition Blue Note Review box with drummers Tony Allen and Chris Dave reimagining Tony Williams compositions. Then, a deep dive into the Savoy vaults from 1947 with recreations of 78s by Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro and Dexter Gordon. Celebrating Sonny Rollins ...


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