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It's difficult to find a category for Dave Frishberg's songs. The New York Times described him as "the Stephen Sondheim of jazz songwriting", and The London Daily Telegraph called him "a Woody Allen of song".

Long known as one of the outstanding pianists in jazz, Frishberg has since the early 1980s established himself as an internationally recognized composer and lyricist as well as a solo performer with a loyal following in both jazz and cabaret circles. Four of his albums have won Grammy nominations for best jazz vocal.

Frishberg's unclassifiable but ever-identifiable songs, including cult classics Peel Me A Grape, I'm Hip, You Are There, My Attorney Bernie and Heart’s Desire, are now widely performed and have been recorded by Blossom Dearie, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall, Bette Midler, Suzannah McCorkle, Tony Bennett,and many others. The New York Times critic Stephen Holden wrote about Frishberg, "Few contemporary writers have produced as many songs that have been embraced by nightclub cognoscenti. In the refinement of his language, he is equalled only by Stephen Sondheim among contemporary American songwriters."

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Sue Maskaleris: Love is the Key

Read "Love is the Key" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Jazz composer Sue Maskaleris has quite the arsenal of skills in her toolbox. A pianist, vocalist, and crack lyricist, she bestows wry wit in her approach to writing that harkens to Dave Frishberg. Maskaleris is a product of the rich hummus of New York schools. She studied arranging with Don Sebesky and composition at Manhattan School ...

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Jay Leonhart: Joy

Read "Joy" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Quando c'è una relazione padre/figlio tra due artisti, si usa in genere la figura del genitore per presentare il figlio. Per il giovane pubblico del jazz è invece opportuno fare il contrario, dicendo che l'ottantenne bassista leader di questo trio è il padre di Michael, trombettista e orchestratore acclamato per gli album The Painted Lady Suite ...

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How Sweet it Is

Read "How Sweet it Is" reviewed by H William Stine


Sweet. It's a word you don't hear much, especially now. Home Sweet Home? After four months of sheltering in place, what's so sweet about being home? Sweet Dreams? It's been months since I had one. Sweet Spot? I know what it used to mean, but now it means keeping six feet away from people. Sweet Nothings? ...

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Randy Porter Trio: Porter Plays Frishberg: Unsung

Read "Porter Plays Frishberg: Unsung" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Pianist/composer/lyricist Dave Frishberg may not be a household name in the world of jazz, but those in the know, musicians and listeners alike, appreciate the often whimsical artist. His works are associated with an “A" list of vocalists, including Blossom Dearie, Rosemary Clooney, Anita O'Day, Shirley Horn and Diana Krall. The 87-year old Frishberg now resides ...

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From C to Shining C

Read "From C to Shining C" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast fell after Independence Day but included sparkling new releases from vocalists Rachelle Garniez, Lucy Yeghiazaryan, Isabel Crespo (For Now) and saxophonist Bob Sheppard, with birthday shout outs to Louis Armstrong, organist Rhoda Scott, vocalists Claudia Acuna, Melissa Walker and trombonist Natalie Cressman among others. Playlist Rhoda Scott “From C to Shining C" ...

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[email protected], Newk with Monk & More

Read "BU@100, Newk with Monk & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Art Blakey turns 100 in October. He's too important to have to wait till then. So, we've got 3 more tracks from Bu as well as a 'pre-Bu' segment of tunes associated with or inspired by the great drummer. Our chronological Sonny Rollins celebration continues with a 4tet session with Monk @ the 88s. Along the ...

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Christmas Gifts and Messages, Some From the Grinch

Read "Christmas Gifts and Messages, Some From the Grinch" reviewed by Marc Cohn


If you haven't had your fill of Christmas, click the play button for last Saturday's holiday show. One of our rotating traditions is to program the Duke Ellington version of “The Nutcracker Suite." Our first segment tracks mostly old favorites that we play almost every year. The rest are offered for the first time on the ...

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Octobop: Live @ Savanna Jazz

Read "Live @ Savanna Jazz" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Having recorded half a dozen creditable albums in studio settings, saxophonist Geoff Roach's central California-based ensemble Octobop has added something new and exciting on No. 7--a hip and enthusiastic audience. Live @ Savanna Jazz was recorded in January 2018 at the nightspot which bears that name in San Carlos, CA. “I've always thought the band was ...

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Dave Tull: texting and driving

Read "texting and driving" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Wallflower. The word has zero application to describe jazz drummer, vocalist and composer/arranger/producer, Dave Tull. He's more like a Venus Fly-Trap of talent, devouring all those activities and offering a keen eye for life's surrealities. He demos all on his second CD, texting and driving. It might just be what's needed for a long, endless drive ...


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