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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

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News: Recording

New Derek Menchan Album Is Incredibly Diverse

New Derek Menchan Album Is Incredibly Diverse

Derek Menchan is one of the most well-rounded musical talents I’ve had the opportunity to come across in recent times. His output is incredibly diverse, and every single time I get to listen to one of his songs, I am always pleasantly surprised at the fact that I never really know what to expect. Derek is ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Andrea Balestra: A Rich Sicilian Odyssey

Read "Andrea Balestra:  A Rich Sicilian Odyssey" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Guitarist Andrea Balestra makes a cerebral investment with every note he plays and with all of his compositions. A lot of guitarists like to jam. Balestra isn't one of them. Substance is preferred over droning speed. His highly intensified music is born of traditional Italian music...being from Sicily perhaps a factor...a deep integration of blues, a ...

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Article: Radio

A Jazz Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Carole King's Tapestry

Read "A Jazz Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Carole King's Tapestry" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from the Henry Robinett Quartet, Wayne Alpern and Rossano Sportiello with birthday shoutouts to Jocelyn Michelle, Bob Mintzer, Peter Eldridge, Barbara Carroll, Susan Tobocman, Etta James and Ed Reed. Also remembering the great vocalist and educator Janet Lawson plus a jazz celebration for the 50th anniversary of the release of Carole ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Latin-Infused Jazz Duo Ariella Announce October 1st Virtual Tour Via Veeps

Latin-Infused Jazz Duo Ariella Announce October 1st Virtual Tour Via Veeps

With a fervor for blues, jazz and vintage soul, enigmatic duo, ARIELLA, passionately transcend boundaries, transporting listeners to the heart of what makes music timeless. It’s a fluid daydream, seeping. With elegant vocals by the charismatic Ariella McManus, a singer with emotional depth and a songwriter rich with breadth, she eloquently combines stunning melodies with infectious ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Josie Falbo

Read "Take Five with Josie Falbo" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Josie Falbo: Josie is and has been one of jny: Chicago's busiest and most frequently heard studio singers for over 30 years. Heard on over 1,000 commercials in various languages through the decades, many you know like McDonald's, United, Nationwide, Midway Airlines, Great America, Green Giant, Oscar Meyer, Budweiser, Old Style, Sara Lee, ...

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News: Recording

Soulful Jazz Duo Ariella Open Hearts And Minds With 'Terrified'

Soulful Jazz Duo Ariella Open Hearts And Minds With 'Terrified'

With a fervor for blues, jazz and vintage soul, enigmatic duo, ARIELLA, passionately transcend boundaries, transporting listeners to the heart of what makes music timeless. It’s a fluid daydream, seeping. With elegant vocals by the charismatic Ariella McManus, a singer with emotional depth and a songwriter rich with breadth, she eloquently combines stunning melodies with infectious ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2020

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal  2020" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


2020 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27-30, 2020 Above all else the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is a spectacular ten-day event: with around 2 million visitors and 500 concerts on 20 stages, it is ranked as the world's largest jazz ...

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Article: Top Ten List

B.B. King: Through the Years

Read "B.B. King: Through the Years" reviewed by Alan Bryson


Sixty-six years passed from the time in 1948 when Riley King auditioned for a spot on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program, until his final performance at the House of Blues on October 3, 2014 in Chicago. His life was a remarkable odyssey from a sharecropper's cabin to the pinnacle of success. We'll never know how many ...


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