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Dinah Washington

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The versatile vocalist Dinah Washington was born Ruth Lee Jones in Tuscaloosa Alabama on August 29th 1924. She grew up in Chicago where her family moved in 1928. Her mother was heavily involved in church community centered around St Luke’s Baptist and Dinah was surrounded by gospel and church music since her early childhood. She exhibited musical talents at an early age and was part of the church choir playing the piano and singing gospel in her early teens. At age 15, enamored by Billie Holiday, she started playing and singing the blues in local clubs and made quite a name for herself

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Article: Album Review

Tracye Eileen: You Hit the Spot

Read "You Hit the Spot" reviewed by Jack Bowers


You Hit the Spot is either the third or fourth album by sultry-voiced, Chicago-based vocalist Tracye Eileen. It was recorded in two sessions: one with a trio (and audience), the other with a sextet. She gets a good head start thanks to a splendid choice of material— eight blue-chip tunes, all from the Great American Songbook. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

What Fresh Hell Is This - Celebrating Jazz Virgos Dorothy Parker, Dinah Washington, Alice Coltrane And More

Read "What Fresh Hell Is This - Celebrating Jazz Virgos Dorothy Parker, Dinah Washington, Alice Coltrane And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from pianist Jeryl Johnston and DOMi & JD Beck, with birthday shoutouts to lyricist Dorothy Parker (I Wished On the Moon, How Am I To Know), Dinah Washington, Alice Coltrane, Mimi Fox, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Linda May Han Oh, Rosana Eckert, Hilary Gardner and Wayne Shorter among others. Thanks for listening ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Space Station Jazz Program

Read "The Space Station Jazz Program" reviewed by David Brown


In a time before astronauts and cosmonauts explored the space beyond our planet, jazz musicians were already there. In the '50s reference to space in album titles, graphics and song titles equated the music with the modern. This is still true today as space is a place for exploration in jazz. This week, let's jump around ...

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News: Video / DVD

Dinah Washington: 'Bargain Day'

Dinah Washington: 'Bargain Day'

I wish someone would discover previously unreleased live Dinah Washington recordings. She was such a towering force in popular music, matched only by Nat King Cole. In the late 1940s, after leaving Lionel Hampton's band in 1945, she soon became known as “Queen of the Jukebox"—for her large number of hits and for her forceful voice ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Summer Releases from Sasha Berliner, Lia Booth, Vicki Burns, Sheila Jordan, Naima Shamborguer & More

Read "Summer Releases from Sasha Berliner, Lia Booth, Vicki Burns, Sheila Jordan, Naima Shamborguer & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Sheila Jordan, Lia Booth, Vicki Burns, Naima Shamborguer and the first single from vibraphonist Sasha Berliner's latest project, plus birthday shoutouts to writer Joan Whitney (Behave Yourself, Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens), trombonist Natalie Cressman, saxophonist Caroline Davis, vocalists Suzanne Pittson, Lezlie Harrison and Mavis Staples, among others. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Shabaka Hutchings, Warne Marsh, Deanna Witkowski and More

Read "Shabaka Hutchings, Warne Marsh, Deanna Witkowski and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is an extremely varied selection of music ranging from spiritual blasts by Shabaka Hutchings and Franklin Kiermyer to sax mastery by Warne Marsh and Tony Malaby and torchy vocals from Dinah Washington and Helen Merrill. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings ...

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Article: Book Review

Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report

Read "Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Elegant People: A History Of The Band Weather Report Curt Bianchi 496 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4930-5999-7 Backbeat Books 2021 Few bands hold a place in jazz history quite like Weather Report, the band formed in 1971 by Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Miroslav Vitous. The term “jazz-fusion" could have been ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Many Shades of Blues

Read "Many Shades of Blues" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This special episode deals with all manners of blues: piano blues, jump blues, harmonica blues, British blues, blues singers and more. Artists heard on the show go all the way from Memphis Slim and Big Mama Thornton to Cecile McLorin Salvant and The Microscopic Septet. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I ...

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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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