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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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Disinformation Week

Read "Disinformation Week" reviewed by H William Stine


Disinformation. It's a word we're hearing frequently these days. Some people call Disinformation propaganda; some people with a straight face call it alternative facts. I call it pernicious lies. So I spent two hours defining and explicating Disinformation; and, most importantly, telling people how to protect themselves from it. JUST KIDDING! You know me. Instead, I ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Infinite Variety of the Human Voice

Read "The Infinite Variety of the Human Voice" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show examines a wide variety of jazz singing styles, including frisky swinging by Annie Ross and Eddie Jefferson, vocal chorus work from New York Voices, wordless experimenting by Karin Krog and folk song interpretations by Maxine Sullivan and Sheila Jordan. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The ...

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Late Fall Releases, New Holiday Music Plus A Birthday Shoutout to Bertha Hope

Read "Late Fall Releases, New Holiday Music Plus A Birthday Shoutout to Bertha Hope" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Paul Jost, Elena Maque, Carn Davidson 9, Amanda Ekery with a single from Duchess, plus holiday music from The Moore McColl Jazz Society and June Bisantz, with birthday shoutouts to Bertha Hope, Maria Schneider, Etta Jones, Ethel Ennis, Gloria Lynne, and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists ...

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Article: Live Review

Veronica Swift at the Newman Center

Read "Veronica Swift at the Newman Center" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


Veronica Swift Newman Center Denver, CO November 19, 2021 I don't know about you, but I love to watch pigeonholes explode. Not with pigeons in them of course, that would be too messy. No, the fun stuff is when those small boxes that the human mind loves to construct turn out ...

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New Releases by Jane Ira Bloom & Allison Miller, Lorraine Feather, Adrianne Duncan, Susan Krebs and More

Read "New Releases by Jane Ira Bloom & Allison Miller, Lorraine Feather, Adrianne Duncan, Susan Krebs and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The Fall bounty of new releases continues with music from the Abbie Finn Trio, Lorraine Feather, Lili Anel, Adrianne Duncan, Susan Krebs, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Mark Zaleski and a collaboration of Jane Ira Bloom & Allison Miller, plus birthday shoutouts to Rebecca Kilgore, Catherine Russell, Tia Imani Hanna, Lara Driscoll, Norma Winstone and more. Thanks for listening ...

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A Musical Tribute To New York

Read "A Musical Tribute To New York" reviewed by H William Stine


First show of my 12th season. It was great to be back. But, as reluctant as I am to admit it, the day was certainly not about me. It was September 11th. So for New York, and for anyone and everyone with scars on their heart for what happened on that day twenty years ago, I ...

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Article: Interview

Veronica Swift: A Musical Journey

Read "Veronica Swift: A Musical Journey" reviewed by Mark Robbins


It should be no surprise that Veronica Swift is recognized as one of the top jazz singers on the scene today. Her father was jazz legend Hod O'Brien, a true master of bop and swing piano. Her mother is renowned jazz singer and educator Stephanie Nakasian. Veronica recorded her first album at the age of 9, ...

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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Album Review

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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