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Dakota Staton was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied music at Pittsburgh's Filion School of Music. She was soon chosen to be a vocalist with the Joe Wespray Orchestra, then the top band in the Pittsburgh area. After spending two years with Wespray she traveled to Detroit, working in various clubs there. Staton then followed the nightclub circuit which led her to Canada, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Cleveland, and eventually New York. It was while singing in a Harlem nightclub called the Baby Grand that Capitol Records producer Dave Cavanaugh discovered Staton and signed her to the label. After several singles Staton attracted the attention of Down Beat magazine, winning the magazine's high profile "Most Promising New Comer Award" in 1955

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

September Songs - Part 2

Read "September Songs - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


September offers an opportunity to refocus on our inner energies and start a new cycle with renewed awareness and intentions--basically back to school and beyond... This segment of the show features more songs inspired by this month, with a special focus on five masterpieces that were recorded during a magical couple of weeks in September 1962. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm - Celebrating Foremother Valaida Snow Plus New Releases From Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet & More

Read "High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm - Celebrating Foremother Valaida Snow Plus New Releases From Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Tuba Skinny, Esthesis Quartet (featuring Elsa Nilsson, Tina Raymond, Dawn Clement and Emma Dayhuff , Randy Napoleon and As Is with birthday shoutouts to trumpeter Valaida Snow, guitarist Memphis Minnie, saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, vocalists Dakota Staton, Ann Hampton Callaway, Ian Shaw, and Amanda Eckery, among others. Thanks for listening and ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dakota Staton

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dakota Staton

All About Jazz is celebrating Dakota Staton's birthday today! Dakota Staton was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied music at Pittsburgh's Filion School of Music. She was soon chosen to be a vocalist with the Joe Wespray Orchestra, then the top band in the Pittsburgh area. After spending two years with Wespray she traveled to Detroit, ...

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Article: First Time I Saw

The Great, Late Show with Dakota Staton

Read "The Great, Late Show with Dakota Staton" reviewed by Rob Mariani


She seemed to come out of nowhere. In 1957, suddenly Dakota Staton's Late, Late Show album was even being played on the pop radio stations, as well as on the jazz stations. But she was clearly a jazz singer out of the Dinah Washington school. She had that natural swing built right into her voice, a ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celebrating Jazz Geminis Valaida Snow and Memphis Minnie Among Others

Read "Celebrating Jazz Geminis Valaida Snow and Memphis Minnie Among Others" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The first hour celebrates the birthdays of Valaida Snow, known as “Little Louis" and “Queen of the Trumpet," a nickname given to her by W.C. Handy — a virtuoso jazz entertainer who became an internationally celebrated talent. Also in the spotlight is Memphis Minnie, a blues guitarist, and songwriter married to Joe McCoy and later Ernest ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dakota Staton

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dakota Staton

All About Jazz is celebrating Dakota Staton's birthday today! Dakota Staton was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied music at Pittsburgh's Filion School of Music. She was soon chosen to be a vocalist with the Joe Wespray Orchestra, then the top band in the Pittsburgh area. After spending two years with Wespray she traveled to Detroit, ...

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Article: Interview

Adam Kahan: Capturing the Essence of Jazz in a Film

Read "Adam Kahan: Capturing the Essence of Jazz in a Film" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Too many are the documentaries produced and directed in a formulaic way using archival clips, photos, and hastily staged interviews that are intended to make a series of facts evident and bring out a few key points. At their best, they give a reasonably realistic illustrated depiction of people, places, and things. That is why a ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Final Holiday Releases Plus A New Recording From Brianna Thomas

Read "Final Holiday Releases Plus A New Recording From Brianna Thomas" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new holiday releases from The Moore-McColl Jazz Society, Adrian Cunningham & La Lucha, Elsa Nilsson, Simone Kopmajer, Sarah McKenzie and Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia plus a new recording by Brianna Thomas, more Grammy nominees and a special birthday shoutout to Gladys Shelley (best known for penning “How Did He Look?" and “Come ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Shelly Manne Centennial and More June Birthdays

Read "A Shelly Manne Centennial and More June Birthdays" reviewed by Marc Cohn


June birthdays on Gifts and Messages. The 'big' ones: singer Dakota Staton @ 90 and drummer Shelly Manne @ 100. It's also Anthony Braxton's 75th birthday with tunes from his Charlie Parker Project. On our broadcast day in Baton Rouge, Eric Dolphy's 92nd. More of course, mostly pianists: Chick Corea, Kenny Barron, Geri Allen, Misha Mengelberg ...


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