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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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The Message

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Caught In The Webb; Nekide; The Message; I Was Doing Alright; Frustration; Doug's Dilemma; Keeping Up With The Joneses; New Beginning; Baubles, Bangles & Beads; Where Did You Come From?; Bonnie Lass.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

What Fresh Hell Is This - Celebrating Jazz Virgos Dorothy Parker, Dinah Washington, Alice Coltrane And More

Read "What Fresh Hell Is This - Celebrating Jazz Virgos Dorothy Parker, Dinah Washington, Alice Coltrane And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from pianist Jeryl Johnston and DOMi & JD Beck, with birthday shoutouts to lyricist Dorothy Parker (I Wished On the Moon, How Am I To Know), Dinah Washington, Alice Coltrane, Mimi Fox, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Linda May Han Oh, Rosana Eckert, Hilary Gardner and Wayne Shorter among others. Thanks for listening ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

T.S. Monk, Grant Stewart & Theo Croker

Read "T.S. Monk, Grant Stewart & Theo Croker" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Innovative trumpeter Theo Croker begins the 764th Episode of Neon Jazz with a song off his album Love Quantum. The theme of the hour is modern jazz released in 2022. We also hear new material from T.S. Monk off his first live album and feature Dan Olivo, Steve Hudson, Tim Lin and Steve Knight. Listen in ...

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Article: Album Review

Doug Webb: The Message

Read "The Message" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


The trappings of The Message, tenor saxophonist Doug Webb's eleventh release for Posi-Tone Records, are perhaps recognizable to anyone with an interest in jazz conventions. All hands, except for drummer Charles Ruggiero, contribute at least one composition. While some are more adventurous (tenor saxophonist Bob Reynolds' “Where Did You Come From?," and alto saxophonist Greg Osby's ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases and A Jazz Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Joni Mitchell's Blue

Read "New Releases and A Jazz Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Joni Mitchell's Blue" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast presents new releases from Frankie Valli, saxophonist Jasmine Lovell-Smith, vocalist Noa Fort, guitarist Paul Silbergleit and trumpeter Colin Steele, with birthday shoutouts to Rhoda Scott, Melissa Walker and Tierney Sutton. In the second hour—a special jazz celebration for the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's iconic album Blue. Thanks for listening and please support the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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 ...

Album

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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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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