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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

Interview With Legendary Jazz Pianist Neil Bridge

Read "Interview With Legendary Jazz Pianist Neil Bridge" reviewed by Steven Roby


This episode of Backstage Jazz features an interview with legendary jazz pianist and former Denver Public Schools Music Educator, Neil Bridge. Joining him is his wife and Muse, Vocalist/Collaborator Karen Lee Bridge. Neil Bridge is a legendary Jazz Pianist, composer, arranger, band leader, musical director, and former DPS music educator. Throughout his illustrious career, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Fathers Day, Birthday Shoutouts & More

Read "New Releases, Fathers Day, Birthday Shoutouts & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The Fathers Day broadcast includes new releases from Kevin O'Connell, Michael Costantino, Meshell Ndegeocello and Alex Hamburger, with singles from violinist Aline Homzy and Nina Simone, plus birthday shoutouts to Migiwa Miyajima, Dakota Staton, Geri Allen, Sasha Berliner|| and {{Alicia Olatuja, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them ...

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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

Ahmad Jamal: In his Own Sense of Time and Place

Read "Ahmad Jamal: In his Own Sense of Time and Place" reviewed by Josef Woodard


This interview first appeared in the Santa Barbara News-Press on October 2005. The introduction has been updated. For the late, great and uniquely poetic pianist Ahmad Jamal, who passed on at age 92 on April 16, 2023, easy descriptors never sufficed in capturing his particular magic. He was a classicist, a modernist, a minimalist ...

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Article: Album Review

Diane Marino: I Hear Music

Read "I Hear Music" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


"I Hear Music," from Nashville-based vocalist, pianist and arranger Diane Marino, is a twelve-track retrospective of selections--famous and not so--drawn from the Songbook, as well as being associated with such great artists as Dakota Staton, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, and others. The opener, the rarely heard “I Hear Music," is Marino's fine upbeat ...

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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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