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Deanna Witkowski

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Known for her adventurous, engaging music that heals the soul, pianist-composer-vocalist Deanna Witkowski moves with remarkable ease between Brazilian, jazz, classical, and sacred music. The award- winning bandleader releases her seventh recording, Force of Nature (MCG Jazz) in January 2022, a companion piece to her biography, Mary Lou Williams: Music For The Soul (Liturgical Press), published in September 2021. The two projects cap a twenty-year deep dive into the ground-breaking impact of Williams’ life and music, making Witkowski one of the few living authorities on the iconic pianist

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Holiday Releases From Kait Dunton, Judith Owen, Staci Griesbach, Liz Kennedy, Caity Gyorgy, Lizzie Thomas and Laila Biali

Read "Holiday Releases From Kait Dunton, Judith Owen, Staci Griesbach, Liz Kennedy, Caity Gyorgy, Lizzie Thomas and Laila Biali" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates Christmas Eve with women driven holiday releases from Kait Dunton, Judith Owen, Staci Griesbach, Liz Kennedy, Caity Gyorgy, Lizzie Thomas and Laila Biali plus birthday shoutouts to Sue Maskaleris, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music so they can continue to comfort, distract, provoke ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dan Rosenboom, Randy Weston, Paul Butterfield and More

Read "Dan Rosenboom, Randy Weston, Paul Butterfield and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features lively and subdued modern jazz from a wide variety of musicians including Dan Rosenboom, Randy Weston, Cathy Segal-Garcia, and Paul Butterfield. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project “Catamaran" ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Summer Birthday Shoutouts To Lyricist Dorothy Fields, Mavis Staples, Akua Dixon, Hey Rim Jeon & More

Read "New Releases Plus Summer Birthday Shoutouts To Lyricist Dorothy Fields, Mavis Staples, Akua Dixon, Hey Rim Jeon & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Benny Benack III, Nanny Assis, Daryll Dobson and Heidi Martin, plus birthday shoutouts to lyricist Dorothy Fields, ((Hey Rim Jeon}}, Lauren Sevian, Akua Dixon, Gayelynn McKinney, Lauren Lee, Mavis Staples and Carol Morgan, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Celebration of Music By Mary Lou Williams - A Formidable Jazz Mother On Many Fronts

Read "A Celebration of Music By Mary Lou Williams - A Formidable Jazz Mother On Many Fronts" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates Mothers Day featuring music by Mary Lou Williams in the first hour (a formidable Jazz Mother on so many fronts). In the second hour, more music by jazz mothers Geri Allen, Allison Miller, Chris McNulty and more, with new releases from the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band plus singles from Ann Hampton Callaway ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Jazz Aires, Rhymes Of Spring, Juno Winners and More

Read "New Releases, Jazz Aires, Rhymes Of Spring, Juno Winners and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Ingrid Laubrock, Lucy Yeghiazaryan, Monika Herzig & Janiece Jaffe, plus a special project by Vivienne Aerts supporting Femmes de Virunga, a cacao farm collective of 1500 women in the Congo, with birthday shoutouts to Deanna Witkowski, Aretha Franklin, Meredith d'Ambrosio, Amina Claudine Myers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marian McPartland, Mimi Jones ...

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News: Event

Kansas City Jazz ALIVE Hosts 'Scarcity vs Abundance Mentality' Panel Discussion on March 10th

Join us for lunch Friday, March 10th! Scarcity Mentality vs Abundance Mentality in Jazz Wrapping It All Up! Moving the Kansas City jazz scene into a tangible model 12pm-1:15pm at Westport Coffeehouse Scarcity Mentality is the zero-sum paradigm of life. People with a Scarcity Mentality have a very difficult time sharing recognition and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Wish For the New Year With New Releases by Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding, Remembering Artists Who Passed and More

Read "A Wish For the New Year With New Releases by Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding, Remembering Artists Who Passed and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This first broadcast of the new year celebrates 2023 with new releases from Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding and a single from Carla Muller, plus Part I of some favorite recordings of 2022 and a nod to some of the artists that left the planet last year. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...

Album

Force of Nature

Label: MCG Jazz
Released: 2022
Track listing: Gjon Mill Jam Session; Aries; Taurus; Cancer / Act of Contrition; Lonely Moments; What's Your Story, Morning Glory? / Ghost of Love; Force of Mature; Intermission; Dirge Blues; Carcinoma; Stompin' at the Savoy; My Blue Heaven.

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Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...


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