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Reflection and re-dedication are steady themes in the life and work of Claudia Acuña. Following her dynamic debut on the NY scene in the 1990's she released five albums as a leader before slowing down to adjust to motherhood and restore her power. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, she returned refreshed and reborn 2019 and in 2019, delivered the Latin Grammy nominated album Turning Pages, representing reclamation, recovery, survivor and documenting a major creative leap.

As 2020 rocked the world we all experienced our own version of such a journey, asking ourselves important questions of intent and purpose. Claudia returned to a long time desire - to record a duets album of songs from her homeland, Chile. As the world slowed to a crawl, Acuna took this time to remember the past, to find the core of her dedication and the power of music. The result is DUO, 9 songs recorded with some of the finest musicians in the world. Entering the studio with the likes of Fred Hersch, Christian Mcbride, and Kenny Barron for an intimate recording put her in a vulnerable spot, but the ease and comfort of the experience set the tone. The simplicity of just two, feeling the music and letting it flow through them, brought her to a new place as a singer.


Article: In Pictures

2023 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival

Read "2023 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival" reviewed by Richard Conde

Celebrating its 46th anniversary over the June 24th weekend, the 2023 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs New York, featured a great program presenting a wide range of music. Over 20 featured artist played over two days across two stages with headliner Cindy Blackman Santana taking the Amphitheater stage ...


Article: Live Review

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, New York June 25-26, 2023 It seems routine over more than four decades to say that “this year's" edition of Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival was a good one. Maybe you said it last year, maybe you'll say it next year.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bokani Dyer, Kenny Barron, Claudia Acuña, Vusi Mahlasela & More

Read "Bokani Dyer, Kenny Barron, Claudia Acuña, Vusi Mahlasela & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we focus on emerging musicians from South Africa, and on a number of recent releases showcasing the many facets of a living master of the piano, Kenny Barron, featured as solo artist on a rare recording date as a leader, as accompanist, as a composer that inspired other contemporary musicians, and as a side-man ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Jazz Aires, Rhymes Of Spring, Juno Winners and More

Read "New Releases, Jazz Aires, Rhymes Of Spring, Juno Winners and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Ingrid Laubrock, Lucy Yeghiazaryan, Monika Herzig & Janiece Jaffe, plus a special project by Vivienne Aerts supporting Femmes de Virunga, a cacao farm collective of 1500 women in the Congo, with birthday shoutouts to Deanna Witkowski, Aretha Franklin, Meredith d'Ambrosio, Amina Claudine Myers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marian McPartland, Mimi Jones ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Eri Yamamoto, Janel Leppin and More

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This show features several active female jazz musicians such as Eri Yamamoto, Janel Leppin, and Claudia Acuna. It also includes Michael Sarian, Tyshawn Sorey, and Jesse Davis. 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 Barry Altschul's ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Part 2 Of Selections From Terri Lyne Carrington's Book New Standards Vol. 1 Highlighting Women Composers

Read "New Releases Plus Part 2 Of Selections From Terri Lyne Carrington's Book New Standards Vol. 1 Highlighting Women Composers" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Tia Brazda, Aimée Allen, The Manhattan Transfer, Kristan Berardi, Claudia Acuna and pianist Amina Figarova, with birthday shoutouts to Emma Larsson, Tania Grubbs and Amy Cervini, among others. Also Part 2 of selections from Terri Lyne Carrington's latest New Standards Vol. 1 project featuring 101 Lead Sheets composed by ...



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: ONA; The Resistance; Pachamama; Set Free; You Taught Me; Teardrop; Cassandra; He Said She Said; Animal Instinct; Everybody Wants to Rule the World.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Pride of Jazz Leos - Louis Armstrong, Abbey Lincoln, Dorothy Ashby & More

Read "A Pride of Jazz Leos - Louis Armstrong, Abbey Lincoln, Dorothy Ashby & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Lots of Jazz Leos to celebrate on today's broadcast. Included are new releases from Beth Duncan, Regina Carter, Ken Steele plus a special pandemic single from Lauren Lee, with birthday shoutouts to Abbey Lincoln, Louis Armstrong, KJ Denhert, Hendrik Meurkens, Kat Gang, Dorothy Ashby, Kat Edmonson, Roberta Piket, Terri Lyne Carrington and more. Thanks for listening ...


Article: What is Jazz?

2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...


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