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Cynthia Sayer

Multi-award-winning instrumentalist/vocalist/bandleader Cynthia Sayer is acclaimed by musicians, critics, and fans alike as the top 4-string banjoist in the world today. Praised for her “drive and virtuosity” by the New York Times, Cynthia enchants audiences with her electrifying, swing-based performances and captivating stage presence wherever she appears. An inductee into the American Banjo Hall Of Fame, and winner of the 2019 Bistro Award and 2018 Global Music Awards, Cynthia garnered cheering crowds and her usual standing ovation at the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival. Other USA festivals include appearing as a Special Guest at the prestigious 2019 Django Reinhardt Festival in NYC, headlining at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival, the 2017 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and numerous others

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Celebrating Carmen McRae's Centennial

Read "Celebrating Carmen McRae's Centennial" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The broadcast includes new releases from Duchess, Kandace Springs, Nina Simone and Carla Hassett with birthday shoutouts to Carmen McRae on her centennial, Alberta Hunter, (who was not only a superb performer but also a professional health care worker for more than 20 years), Billie Holiday, guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe and pianist Marian McPartland.

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Christmas In My Soul

Read "Christmas In My Soul" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Includes more Christmas songs penned by women, with holiday recordings by Dave Stryker, Laila Biali, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Angel, plus new releases by Youn Sun Nah, Chloe Perrier, Fostina Dixon, and Elena Gilliam, with birthday shout outs to Bob Dorough, Sue Maskaleris, Diane Schuur, Sean Harkness, Edith Piaf, Camille Thurman ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Fats Waller Opens; Miles Davis and Peggy Lee Share a Birthday

Read "Fats Waller Opens; Miles Davis and Peggy Lee Share a Birthday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from bassist Nicki Parrott, pianist Anat Fort and vocalists Judy Wexler, Georgia Mancio, Paul Jost and Tierney Sutton, with birthday shout outs to Fats Waller at the top of the show, Peggy Lee, Jackie Cain and Miles Davis in the second hour, plus Sheryl Bailey, Cynthia Sayer and Denise Donatelli, among ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Honoring Melba Liston

Read "Honoring Melba Liston" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast presents a special tribute to trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in the third hour in honor of her 93rd birthday and also includes cuts from new releases by vocalist Roberta Donnay and pianist/composer Carol Albert, with more birthday shout outs to Elvis Presley, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ruth Brown and Ingrid Jensen. Playlist ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Big Noise New York

Read "Big Noise New York" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first broadcast of 2019 included a preview of some of the many artists performing in New York at the Winter Jazzfest and APAP annual convention, with new releases by Simone Kopmajer, Something Blue and Stacy Sullivan, plus birthday shout outs to Myra Melford, Carol Sudhalter, James Shipp, and vocalist Christine Tobin, among others.

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2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "2019 Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

With each passing year, Winter JazzFest—New York's premiere jazz festival—has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

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Highlights In Jazz 44th Anniversary Gala with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Highlights In Jazz 44th Anniversary Gala with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights In Jazz, New York’s longest running jazz concert series, proudly kicks off it 45th season at 8:00 PM on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center of Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, NYC with The Highlights In Jazz 44th Anniversary Gala featuring the swinging jazz and blues ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

You're IN the Band - The Real Experience of Playing in a Traditional/Hot Jazz Band

Read "You're IN the Band - The Real Experience of Playing in a Traditional/Hot Jazz Band" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

You're IN the Band Cynthia Sayer 128 Pages ISBN: #978-0-578-17971-1 Cynthia Sayer Music 2016 Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, bandleader and music educator, Cynthia Sayer's name might not be a bell-ringer, however I'd wager that you've probably heard her Hall of Fame banjo (Yes, there is one!) playing on film soundtracks, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Looking Ahead: Southwest Florida jazz preview (February and March)

Looking Ahead: Southwest Florida jazz preview (February and March)

The 2014-15 jazz concert season is running hot in Southwest Florida. Here is a rundown of noteworthy jazz events, principally in the Sarasota to Naples territory, in February and March. Wednesday, February 4 – Guitarist Pat Martino is the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra’s special guest. Daniels Pavilion, Naples. 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday, February 9, ...


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