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Cynthia Felton

Dr. Cynthia J. Felton serves as Artistic Director of The Ethnomusicology Library of American Heritage, a library of encyclopedias that traces contributions of music created in America. Cynthia is active as a performer and an educator. Her background prepared her well for both career areas. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music, a Master of Arts degree from New York University in Jazz Performance, and a Doctorate in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California. Her singing style embodies jazz, rhythm & blues, and gospel music -- a perfect fit for the broad stylistic range of compositions she chose for her debut recording. image_page3 Cynthia's new release, Afro Blue, pays tribute to the legendary Oscar Brown Jr


Cynthia Felton Sings The Nancy Wilson Classics: Save Your Love For Me

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; The Old Country; Dearly Beloved; Save Your Love For Me; A Sleepin' Bee; Only The Young; West Coast Blues; Guess Who I Saw Today; Never Will I Marry; (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over; I Wish You Love.


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Cynthia Felton: Cynthia Felton Sings The Nancy Wilson Classics: Save Your Love For Me

Read "Cynthia Felton Sings The Nancy Wilson Classics: Save Your Love For Me" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Dr. Cynthia Felton dots all the i's and crosses all the t's when putting together an album. She's a detail-oriented singer with enough smarts, business savvy, and musical skill to pull off whatever type of project she wants to pursue, be it a salute to a woefully under-appreciated figure like Oscar Brown Jr. or a tribute ...


Freedom Jazz Dance

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012
Track listing: Oh Freedom; Take 5; My Funny Valentine; Better Than Anything; My Love Is; Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love; Close Your Eyes; Nature Boy; Lost In The Stars; Cherokee; What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life; Freedom Jazz Dance.


Prelude to a Kiss

Featuring the music of Cynthia Felton
Duration: 4:58

From her 2010 release "Come Sunday"

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Cynthia Felton: Freedom Jazz Dance

Read "Freedom Jazz Dance" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cynthia Felton has released two exceptionally well-conceived concept recordings in Afro Blue: The Music of Oscar Brown (Self Produced, 2009) and Come Sunday: The Music of Duke Ellington (Self Produced, 2010). She makes a partial break with this refined focus to release a collection of personal favorite standards on Freedom Jazz Dance. Like her two previous ...


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Carol Robbins: Moraga

Read "Moraga" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While the harp is often pigeonholed as an instrument that belongs in the confines of classical music, artists like Carol Robbins, Zeena Parkins and Edmar Castaneda are helping to change public perception about this topic. Castaneda has created rhythmically engaging music that's high on excitement, and Parkins is constantly breaking barriers by invading every area, from ...


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Cynthia Felton: Freedom Jazz Dance

Read "Freedom Jazz Dance" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist/academic Cynthia Felton established herself right out of the gate with two artist-specific tribute albums that were stacked with A-list guests and highlighted her supple and soulful vocals. Felton's debut--Afro Blue: The Music Of Oscar Brown (Self Produced, 2009)--was a welcome nod to an underappreciated figure in jazz, and her journey through the world of constantly ...


Come Sunday - The Music of Duke Ellington

Released: 2011
Track listing: 01. It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got that Swing (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills); - 2:42; 02. Caravan (Juan Tizol, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills - 7:05; 03. In a Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Manny Kartz) - 4:33; 04. In a Mellow Tone (Duke Ellington, Milt Gabler) - 4:45; 05. Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn) - 4:17; 06. Perdido (Juan Tizol, E.M. Drake, H. Lengsfelder) - 5:50; 07. Come Sunday (Duke Ellington) - 5:23; 08. Take the A Train (Billy Strayhorn) - 4:49; 09. I Got it Bad (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) - 5:44; 10. Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish) - 5.14; 11. I'm Beginning to See the Light (Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges, Harry James) - 3:00; 12. Duke's Place (C Jam Blues) (Duke Ellington, Ruth Roberts, Bill Katz, Robert Thiel) - 4:23; 13. Prelude to a Kiss (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Irving Gordon) - 4:58.

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Cynthia Felton: Come Sunday - The Music of Duke Ellington

Read "Come Sunday - The Music of Duke Ellington" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Un disco del genere è di quelli che ci fa chiedere dove va il jazz oggi. Sia per la musica che contiene che per le modalità di produzione. L'ennesima autoproduzione (di questi tempi sempre più numerose). Ma stavolta con ben quattro sezioni ritmiche più ospiti, voce registrata ai Capitols Studios di Hollywood ed un grande lavoro ...


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