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EARTHA KITT was an international star who gave new meaning to the word versatile. She distinguished herself in film, theater, cabaret, music and on television. Miss Kitt is one of only a handful of performers to be nominated for a Tony (three times), the Grammy (twice), and Emmy Award (twice). She regularly enthralls New York nightclub audiences during her extended stays at The Cafe Carlyle and these intimate performances have been captured in her newest recording, Eartha Kitt, Live at The Carlyle. Miss Kitt’s distinctive voice has enthralled an entirely new generation of fans. Young fans loved her as YZMA, the villain, in Disney’s animated feature The Emperor's Groove, (2001 Annie Award for Best Vocal Performance / Animated Feature)

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News: Video / DVD

John, Gary and Eartha

John, Gary and Eartha

In the Wall Street Journal last week, I interviewed John Fogerty on Bad Moon Rising for my “Anatomy of a Song" column. John wrote the song for Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969 and was inspired by a 1941 movie, Elvis and San Francisco hippie astrology. I last interviewed John on the writing and recording of Proud ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases and Celebrations for Melba Liston, Sade and Eartha Kitt

Read "New Releases and Celebrations for Melba Liston, Sade and Eartha Kitt" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast opens with music by composer and arranger Melba Liston and concludes with the unique vocal stylings of the great Eartha Kitt to celebrate their birthdays. New releases include Gayelynn McKinney, Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias, Joe Traina and Marty Elkins, with more birthday shoutouts to Ruth Brown, Sade, Michelle Walker, Cheryl Bentyne, Andrea ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Funk in a Deep Freeze

Read "Funk in a Deep Freeze" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


For the Sunday of the Women's March we played new releases by pianist Judy Night, flutist Magela Herrara, Judy Bisantz, Bob Levy and saxophonist Carol Sudhalter with birthday shout outs to Eartha Kitt, Irene Kral, Jose James, Cheryl Bentyne, Peter Eldridge, Sade, and Dolly Parton, among others. Playlist Pam Fleming “Keep It Movin" from ...

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Article: Live Review

Rene Marie With Experiment In Truth At The Jazz Corner

Read "Rene Marie With Experiment In Truth At The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie


Rene Marie The Jazz Corner Rene Marie with Experiment in Truth Hilton Head Island, SC December 28-29, 2018 There are no sharp edges to Rene Marie's voice. Her singing has a warm, soft-velvet quality. She does, however, have an extensive range and an ability to change direction and ...

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Article: Interview

Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz

Read "Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Pianist, composer, and arranger Alan Broadbent doesn't just “dig" jazz. He has a deep and enduring passion for it. Growing up in mid- 20th-century New Zealand, he quickly went beyond piano lessons to reading musical scores and learning jazz standards. Then, when the Dave Brubeck Quartet came to his relatively isolated hometown of Auckland, his love ...

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News: Book / Magazine

Recent Reading: Books About Jazz In Four US Regions

Recent Reading: Books About Jazz In Four US Regions

After jazz emerged—or coalesced—as a distinct form of music in jny: New Orleans in the early twentieth century, it quickly took hold throughout the world. Jazz musicians developed on every continent, even in countries where the spirit of jazz goes against the grain of politics and culture; a jazz community is emerging in China, not an ...

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Article: Album Review

John Daversa: Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles

Read "Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Does the world need another collection of Beatles covers? The same argument could be had about any of the dozens of standards that regularly, sometimes ad nauseam, crop up on new releases. But redundancy is validated each time an Amy Winehouse takes on “Body and Soul" or Avicii reinvents “Feeling Good," and those instances serve as ...

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News: Recording

Cynthia Basinet Remake "All Of Me" Slated To Be One Of The Top Of The Pops Summer Hits

Cynthia Basinet Remake "All Of Me" Slated To Be One Of The Top Of The Pops Summer Hits

New York, NY: The American songstress, Cynthia Basinet best known for sultry pop jazz combo standards and her iconic version of “Santa Baby" (the only one to receive the seal of approval from Eartha Kitt) has stepped outside of her typical genre and just released a dance remake of John Legend's “All Of Me”. Teaming up ...

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Article: Live Review

A Peter White Christmas at Yoshi's

Read "A Peter White Christmas at Yoshi's" reviewed by Walter Atkins


A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair Yoshi's Oakland Oakland, CA December 18, 2014 A Peter White Christmas, featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair, was a great way to enjoy the holiday season. Both Yoshi's Oakland shows were sold out and the 8 pm show was jam-packed ...


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