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Chris Connor has won every conceivable critical and popular accolade in her half century reign as one of the most gifted and distinctive vocalists in jazz history. Born in 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri, Connor studied clarinet, but her career direction was clear at an early age. “I always knew I wanted to be a singer,” she said, “I never wanted to be anything else.” After completing her schooling, she took a secretarial job while commuting on weekends to the University of Missouri to perform with a Stan Kenton-influenced college jazz band. An admirer of Kenton singers Anita O’Day and June Christy, Connor recalls, “I had my sights set on singing with Kenton.” Frustrated by the lack of vocal musical opportunities in her hometown, Connor pulled up stakes and headed east in 1949

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Quinsin Nachoff, Jimmy Smith, and Wadada Leo Smith

Read "Quinsin Nachoff, Jimmy Smith, and Wadada Leo Smith" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This episode features some exploratory music from Quinsin Nachoff and Trevor Dunn, organ jazz from Jimmy Smith and Sigurdur Flosason, and electric jazz-rock wanderings from Wadada Leo Smith. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Mose ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With A Free Concert Featuring The Music Of Two Iconic American Singers: Chris Connor And Mahalia Jackson

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With A Free Concert Featuring The Music Of Two Iconic American Singers: Chris Connor And Mahalia Jackson

New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Musical Arts Department pays tribute to two of the most iconic and creative American singers of the 20th century in Night and Day: The Music of Chris Connor and Mahalia Jackson on Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m. at Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston. The program is curated by faculty members Hankus ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Ravita Jazz: Oriana

Read "Ravita Jazz: Oriana" reviewed by Bill Milkowski


On his second outing as a leader, bassist-composer Phil Ravita recruited a close-knit crew of musicians that he's worked with in the Mid-Atlantic region since their time together in grad school at the University of Maryland, College Park. “We've known each other since 2007," he said of bandmates Greg Small on piano and Nucleo Vega on ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Emi Makabe, Eric Hofbauer, George Coleman, and More

Read "Emi Makabe, Eric Hofbauer, George Coleman, and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


There is a broad cross-section of artists from many parts of the jazz and blues world on this show, including Emi Makabe, Eric Hofbauer, George Coleman, Charlie Musselwhite, and Bob Dorough. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Darius Jones, Lakecia Benjamin, Teddy Edwards and More

Read "Darius Jones, Lakecia Benjamin, Teddy Edwards and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features saxophonists such as Darius Jones, Teddy Edwards, and Lakecia Benjamin, the big band music of Horace Tapscott, and a lot more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Henriette Muller “Memories of a ...

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Article: Liner Notes

David Hazeltine: Inversions

Read "David Hazeltine: Inversions" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


It's often said that those with enviable skills make the most sophisticated actions look easy. Be it glass blowing or ice-skating, what appears to be within the grasp of the novice often involves an underlying complexity not readily apparent at first. The same could be said of higher forms of music such as classical and jazz. ...

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Article: Liner Notes

David Hazeltine: Blues Quarters, Vol.2

Read "David Hazeltine: Blues Quarters, Vol.2" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


A lot of water has passed under the proverbial bridge since the last time that David Hazeltine got together with Eric Alexander for the initial 1998 session billed as Blues Quarters Vol.1 (Criss 1188). As strong a showing as the pianist and his cohorts made on that initial release, I think all would agree this latest ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Singers: Fay Victor, Anita O'Day, Kurt Elling and More

Read "Singers:  Fay Victor, Anita O'Day, Kurt Elling and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features vocalists as both band leaders and featured performers with other musicians. In the first category, there are Fay Victor and Anita O'Day among others. In the second, we have Kurt Elling with the Charlie Hunter Quartet and Becca Stevens with Ambrose Akinmusire plus several more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't ...

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New All Star Compilation To Benefit The Musician's Emergency Fund, Live Oscar Peterson and Remembering Margo Guryan

Read "New All Star Compilation To Benefit The Musician's Emergency Fund, Live Oscar Peterson  and Remembering Margo Guryan" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents a 1987 Oscar Peterson concert recording, a benefit for the Jazz Foundation's Musician's Emergency Fund, new releases from Alex Hamburger, Kristen R. Bromley plus a single from Janis Ian, with birthday shoutouts to Nioka Workman, Holli Ross, Johnny Mercer, Diana Krall, Sheila Jordan and more. In the first hour, a remembrance for singer/songwriter ...


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