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Etta Jones

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Etta Jones - vocalist, recording artist (1928-2001) Etta Jones was a fine jazz singer who made the most of her vocal talents. She retained a loyal following wherever she sang, and was held in the highest regard by her fellow musicians. Her last three decades were her most productive, in both the quantity and artistic quality of her work. She was born in South Carolina, but brought up in Harlem. She entered one of the famous talent contests at the Apollo Theatre as a 15 year old, and although she did not win, she was asked to audition for a job with the big band led by Buddy Johnson, as a temporary replacement for the bandleader's sister. Johnson's band was popular on the black touring circuit of the day, and the experience provided a good grounding for the singer

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Late Fall Releases, New Holiday Music Plus A Birthday Shoutout to Bertha Hope

Read "Late Fall Releases, New Holiday Music Plus A Birthday Shoutout to Bertha Hope" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Paul Jost, Elena Maque, Carn Davidson 9, Amanda Ekery with a single from Duchess, plus holiday music from The Moore McColl Jazz Society and June Bisantz, with birthday shoutouts to Bertha Hope, Maria Schneider, Etta Jones, Ethel Ennis, Gloria Lynne, and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists ...

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Article: Interview

Samara Joy: Ascension Into Jazz

Read "Samara Joy: Ascension Into Jazz" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


When Samara Joy performs, she takes her place, stands confidently and sings. Immediately the strength and richness of her voice—which is natural—grabs the attention of the listener. There are no gyrations. It's refreshing that a young artist doesn't see the need for unnecessary vocal gymnastics. Too often, those can miss the mark. Her style ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Women in Jazz, Pt. 3: The International Women in Jazz Organization

Read "Women in Jazz, Pt. 3: The International Women in Jazz Organization" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In part 1 and part 2 of the Women in Jazz series, we looked at the historical marginalization of women in jazz from Lil Hardin Armstrong and Blanch Calloway in the 1920s to Tia Fuller in 2019. Part 2 focused on several prominent pioneering artists including the all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Marian McPartland, and Melba ...

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A Soulful Sunday - Live At The Left bank

Label: Reel to Real
Released: 2019
Track listing: Theme From Love Story; Vernon Welsh Intro; Sunday; This Girl's In Love With You; If You Could See Me Now; For All We Know; Exactly Like You; You Better Go Now; Blow Top Blues; Love Nest; Don't Go To Strangers.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Never Forget to Say Thank You

Read "Never Forget to Say Thank You" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week we feature Grammy nominees and finalists from the Hot House/Jazzmobile NYC Readers Jazz Awards, a new release from Alice Ricciardi and Pietro Lussu, plus birthday shout outs to June Christy, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mandel, Etta Jones, pianist Geoffrey Keezer and Michelle Ann May of Musique Noire, among others. Playlist Musique Noire “Pretty ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Introducing Reel to Real Records

Read "Introducing Reel to Real Records" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


As the driving force behind the Cellar Live label, saxophonist Cory Weeds has been busy doing his share to promote contemporary jazz, so it comes as a pleasant surprise that he has found the time to start the archive label Reel to Real. Unlike reissues that are sometimes lost treasures that are found again, an archive ...

Article: Album Review

Etta Jones: A Soulful Sunday - Live At The Left bank

Read "A Soulful Sunday - Live At The Left bank" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Pochi si ricordano di Etta Jones e qualcuno la confonderà con {Etta James}}. A dispetto delle alte doti tecniche e interpretative, la cantante non ha avuto i riconoscimenti che meritava. Cresciuta ad Harlem, debuttò negli anni '40 nelle serate per debuttanti dell'Apollo Theater, si fece le ossa con Pete Johnson, Barney Bigard ed Earl Hines, ottenne ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

“Old” School

Read "“Old” School" reviewed by H William Stine


Old hat; same old same old; you can't teach an old dog new tricks. I don't get it why people are so negative about the word, old. Some of our greatest songwriters have used that word in some of their best songs. And some of our youngest singers are giving new voice to these old songs. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joe Locke, Branford Marsalis and More

Read "Joe Locke, Branford Marsalis and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start this week's episode with one of the finest voices on the vibes who made his way through Kansas City in early December, Joe Locke, with a cut off his new CD Subtle Disguise. From there, we dive headlong into the music of a legend on the drums in Billy Cobham, who was the subject ...


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