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Charles Ruggiero

Charles Ruggiero was born to be a drummer. The son of world renowned jazz musician Vinnie Ruggiero, Charles spent his early years surrounded by the "who's who" of Jazz. There was always music around, and with musicians like Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, Freddie Hubbard, and Jon Hendricks coming to spend time and play, it was only a matter of time before he caught the bug and asked his father to play the "bang-bangs". As a teen Charles got serious about drumming, playing anywhere he could. He knew he was onto something when other high schools, local colleges, professional theatre groups and popular local bands throughout western N.Y

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Romance in the Dark - Celebrating Bettye LaVette's Latest Release

Read "Romance in the Dark - Celebrating Bettye LaVette's Latest Release" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Included are new releases from Bettye LaVette (pictured), Champian Fulton, Nubya Garcia, The Moore-McColl Jazz Society and Kenny Washington plus singles from Emilie-Claire Barlow & Bocana and Sue Maskaleris with more birthday shoutouts to Charlie Parker (100!), Hilary Gardner, Naomi Moon Siegel, Russ Kassoff, Jimmy Rowles and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists ...

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Women's History Month Begins and A Broad Spectrum Celebrates Four Years!

Read "Women's History Month Begins and A Broad Spectrum Celebrates Four Years!" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy fourth birthday to A Broad Spectrum! We hope to be on the air for many years to come. The first broadcast of Women's History Month includes new releases from vocalists Sinne Eeg, Aubrey Johnson, Judy Niemack and Gina Saputo, pianists Lara Driscoll, Jen Allen, saxophonist Jimmy Greene and ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, with birthday shout ...

Play The Bird And The Bee

Label: SmallsLIVE
Released: 2019
Track listing: Meteor; Boyfriend; Lovey Dovey; You're A Cad; Come As You Were; Diamond Dave; The Races; Fourth Of July.

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We Grow Accustomed to the Dark

Read "We Grow Accustomed to the Dark" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This early November broadcast includes new releases from vocalists Andrea Superstein, Marsha Bartenetti, Ben Sidran and pianist Julia Hulsmann with birthday shout outs to guitarist Amanda Monaco, trumpeter Clifford Brown, pianist Dawn Clement, plus vocalists Ethel Waters, Andy Bey, Jay Clayton, Carmen Lundy, Kurt Elling, K.D. Lang, Julie Kelly and Sarah Partridge, among others.

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Here Is The Best Part - You Have a Jazz Heart

Read "Here Is The Best Part - You Have a Jazz Heart" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The final August broadcast included new releases from saxophonists Houston Person and Roxy Coss, pianist Eliane Elias, and The Time Flies featuring Monika Herzig, with birthday shout outs to Dorothy Parker, Carolyn Leigh (pictured), Jimmy Rowles, Wayne Shorter, Mimi Fox and Linda May Han Oh, among others. Also a preview of who was playing in NYC ...

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Love Song for August

Read "Love Song for August" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first broadcast in August included new releases from Veronica Swift, John Storie, Wendy Kirkland, Gretje Angell, Sara Gazarek and Wayne Wallace and Moy Eng, with birthday shout outs to Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, pianists Diane Moser and Josh Nelson, plus vocalists Kat Edmonson, KJ Denhart, Kevin Mahogany, Baby Jane Dexter, and ...

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Take Me Downtown, It's a Hot Summer Night

Read "Take Me Downtown, It's a Hot Summer Night" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first broadcast of the Summer includes hot new releases from saxophonists Pureum Jin and Stan Getz, flutist Ragan Whiteside, pianist Yoko Miwa, vocalist Lauren Henderson, and the Ed Palermo Big Band, with birthday shout outs to Sammy Cahn, Manny Albam, Jaimie Branch, Cyndi Lauper, Sue Raney and Deborah Weisz, among others. Happy Solstice !

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Birthday Shout-outs to Betty Carter and Stevie Wonder

Read "Birthday Shout-outs to Betty Carter and Stevie Wonder" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

A two hour broadcast with new releases from bassist Linda May Han Oh and vocalist Elizabeth Tomboulian, plus birthday shout outs to Betty Carter, Stevie Wonder, lyricist Betty Comden, flutist Jan Leder, pianist Brittany Anjou, saxophonists Virginia Mayhew and Grace Kelly and vocalist Miles Griffith, among others. Playlist Jan Leder “Bird of Beauty" from ...

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Charles Ruggiero & Hilary Gardner: Play The Bird And The Bee

Read "Play The Bird And The Bee" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If you've encountered drummer Charles Ruggiero's debut, Boom Bang, Boom Bang! (Rondette Jazz, 2014), you might've seen this coming. There, in the penultimate spot on the playlist, is a cover of The Bird and the Bee's “I'm A Broken Heart" featuring vocalist Hilary Gardner. Something of an outlier on the album, it hinted at a great ...


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