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Etta James

Etta James began her long career as a singer early, singing doo-wop as a teenager in the 1950s. She has enjoyed equal success crooning blues ballads, belting out rhythm and blues and rock and roll, or interpreting jazz. While the ease with which she can navigate these various styles demonstrates her impressive skill, it has also served to confound the music industry as to how to categorize her. In the late 20th century and into the next, James has finally been widely acknowledged as one of the most talented singers of her era. James was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles, California, on January 25, 1938

Take Five with Monika Hoffman

Read "Take Five with Monika Hoffman" reviewed by Monika Hoffman

Meet Monika Hoffman A Swedish singer with Hungarian-German roots, Monika Hoffman studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she performed with the likes of Michael Brecker and Charlie Haden. Back in Europe, her latin vocal jazz album Let's Run Away featured Cuban-American saxophone legend Paquito D'Rivera and she now presents its follow up--Ten Muses. ...

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No Ordinary Love - Celebrating Jazz Aquarians Barbara Carroll, Etta James and Sade Adu

Read "No Ordinary Love - Celebrating Jazz Aquarians Barbara Carroll, Etta James and Sade Adu" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week our playlist includes new releases by pianists Yelena Eckemoff and Marina Albero, trumpetist Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, and trombonist Audrey Ochoa, plus birthday shout outs to Etta James, Barbara Carroll, Sade, Mariah Parker, Adi Meyerson, Kate McGarry, Lizz Wright, Peter Eldridge, Cheryl Bentyne and Chelsea McBride, among others. Also a nod to Mary Lou Williams, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eva Schubert: Hot Damn Romance

Read "Hot Damn Romance" reviewed by Paul Naser

Those looking for a chanteuse in the jazz tradition often have limited options outside of legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan or more contemporary stars like Diana Krall or Jazzmeia Horn; if they are looking for original music, more often than not they're out of luck. So, fans of the style may ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

A to JazZ Talks 2019: The Road To International Stage

Read "A to JazZ Talks 2019: The Road To International Stage" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A to JazZ Talks: The Road To International Stage Literature Club Peroto National Palace of Culture Sofia, Bulgaria July 5, 2019 For the majority of young musicians, the very notion of pursuing a career in music can be daunting, to say the least. Admittedly, it is perhaps easier than ever ...

Take Five with Maria Muldaur

Read "Take Five with Maria Muldaur" reviewed by Maria Muldaur

About Maria Muldaur Maria Muldaur is best known for “Midnight At The Oasis," though she has toured extensively worldwide for over four decades, and has released 41 albums covering all stripes of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band, as well as several award-winning children's albums. Often joining forces with other ...

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Songs to Aging Children Come

Read "Songs to Aging Children Come" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we celebrate new releases by vocalist Cyrille Aimee, pianist Betty Bryant, saxophonist Jazmin Ghent and we give a look at some interesting old and new duets of songs by Joni Mitchell, including a new single by Carol Lipnik and Rachelle Garniez in the final hour. Then some shout outs to Barbara Carroll, Etta James, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Live From Old York: Maya Youssef, Vika Bull, Roy Wood, Blackbeard’s Tea Party & Ben Ottewell

Read "Live From Old York: Maya Youssef, Vika Bull, Roy Wood, Blackbeard’s Tea Party & Ben Ottewell" reviewed by Martin Longley

Maya Youssef National Centre For Early Music October 12, 2018 This was a different group than the trio that your scribe saw in Birmingham around a year earlier, with Syrian qanun player Maya Youssef losing her pair of Iranian sidekicks and now joined by some new bloods. Instead of setar ...

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Roy Kral and Thelonious Monk birthdays; RIP Carol Hall

Read "Roy Kral and Thelonious Monk birthdays; RIP Carol Hall" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Celebrating mid-October birthdays with songs by pianist/composer Roy Kral, who with his wife vocalist Jackie Cain formed the duo group Jackie & Roy, and also Thelonious Monk a year after his centennial. Also remembering songwriter Carol Hall (1936-2018) best known for the Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, but who also contributed lyrics to ...


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