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David Benoit

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Over the last quarter century, composer and pianist David Benoit (b. 1953) has been a passionate musical innovator committed to the exploration of many different art forms on the American landscape. A five time Grammy nominee for his extraordinary and seminal contributions to contemporary jazz, Benoit has also embarked on a multi-faceted journey into the classical music world. This has led to guest pianist and conductor spots with numerous top symphonies and philharmonics, four performances at Carnegie Hall (including one with Maestro Leonard Bernstein), a performance on the steps of the Capitol Building with the National Symphony for the annual PBS July 4th event, and the creation of Kobe, a symphonic tone poem about a little girl growing up in postwar Japan. This piece received its world debut with the Philippine Philharmonic in 2001 and will be performed in 2003 with Kent Nagano conducting the Berkeley Symphony

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Late Bloomin' Jazzman

Label: Cafe Pacific Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: It Ain't Necessarily So; Don't Be Blue; When All The Light in The Sign Worked; Late Bloomin Jazzman; In Another Way; Boss Nova Days; Old Devil Moon; I Always Had A Thing For You; Before You Leave; Old Enough; Marlena's Memories; If Gershwin Had Lived.

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

April 2022: Get Out Of Town

Read "April 2022: Get Out Of Town" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Kristina Koller Get Out Of Town Self Produced 2022 Youthful, vibrant, and musically precocious, vocalist / composer Kristina Koller answers her two previous recordings: the gracefully insurgent Perception (Self Produced, 2018) and frankly anarchic Stronger (Self Produced, 2019) with the intensely focused Get Out Of Town, devoted to a dramatic ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

It's Infrastructure Week!

Read "It's Infrastructure Week!" reviewed by H William Stine


This week I paid tribute to the roads and highways, the bridges and tunnels, the power, communications, and water systems. I thought I'd better hurry up and celebrate Infrastructure Week before everything crumbles, fizzles out, implodes, and self-destructs.  Playlist Cody Owen Stine “Paris Mismatch (Theme Music)" 00:00 Rosemary Clooney “On The Road Again" from ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz And Poetry Plus Notable 2021 Releases, Part 2

Read "Jazz And Poetry Plus Notable 2021 Releases, Part 2" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Dee Bell and The Greenaway Group featuring vocalist Carla Cook, with a focus in the second hour on the heady combination of Jazz with spoken word featuring recent recordings by Sara Serpa, Jazzmeia Horn, a preview single from Javon Jackson's latest album plus part 2 of a look back to ...

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Old Friends

Label: Cafe Pacific Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: I’ve Got Just About Everything; Sweet Kentucky Ham; The Shadow of Your Smile; Better Than Anything; Two for the Road; Old Friends / Bookends; When This Love Affair Is Over; I Think It’s Going to Rain Today; In a Quiet Place Kei’s Song; I Wish I’d Met You; Dragonfly; Thirty Years (Only Sunshine Days); Some Other Time.

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Article: Book Review

Vince Guaraldi at the Piano

Read "Vince Guaraldi at the Piano" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Vince Guaraldi at the Piano Derrick Bang 354 pages ISBN: # 978-078645902-5 McFarland & Company, Inc, 2012 Soon after autumn leaves fall, promos hit the airwaves for the various Charlie Brown Holiday specials. Those timeless animations are lathered up with marvelously hip jazz—that of pianist Vince Guaraldi. While umbilical tied ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Sauce: Adding Spice to Charlie Brown Vanilla

Read "Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Sauce: Adding Spice to Charlie Brown Vanilla" reviewed by Arthur R George


It's not simply that pianist Vince Guaraldi slipped jazz past the unsuspecting in composing A Charlie Brown Christmas, the evergreen “Peanuts" animation and soundtrack that has become inescapably part of the holiday. First broadcast in 1965, going on to six decades ago, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a tradition unto itself. It returns to television through ...

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Article: Album Review

Jane Monheit: Come What May

Read "Come What May" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Some reviews should be easy, particularly when the artist is established, celebrated, and universally esteemed. Almost anyone interested in contemporary jazz and pop singing knows Jane Monheit. Quoting SFJAZZ directly, “In 1998, Monheit was a finalist at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Vocals Competition, taking second to the late Teri Thornton. She recorded twelve ...

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Article: Album Review

Mark Winkler: Old Friends

Read "Old Friends" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The appeal of singer and lyricist Mark Winkler is not that he has an outstanding vocal instrument. Rather, it is uniquely unique; easily identifiable. Winkler has what Broadway composers once called a “lyricist's voice." It is a voice of a song writer that is honest and genuine and that is where Winkler gets to the listener. ...


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