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Greta Matassa

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In the Pacific Northwest, where she built her career, Greta Matassa wins wide acclaim; 7 times, the readers of Earshot, the Seattle jazz magazine, have voted her the best jazz vocalist in the Northwest. She was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2014. Jim Wilke, the Seattle jazz maven and host of the syndicated "Jazz After Hours" radio program, praises her versatility. "She has a fearlessness in approaching material,” Wilke says, "that makes her like an instrumentalist in a jam session.” Bassist and producer John Clayton says “One of the best jazz singers we have to boast about these days.” Her 40 year career has been a whirlwind of exciting opportunities and experiences

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases: Roberta Brenza With Sheila Jordan, Marína Ósk, Ana Nelson, Charu Suri & More Women Driven Jazz

Read "New Releases:  Roberta Brenza With Sheila Jordan, Marína Ósk,  Ana Nelson, Charu Suri & More Women Driven Jazz" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Roberta Brenza featuring Sheila Jordan, Marína Ósk, saxophonist/clarinetist Ana Nelson, and pianist Charu Suri with birthday shoutouts to Lorraine Feather, Claire Martin, Paul Jost, Greta Matassa and Alyssa Allgood, among others. Remembering Lou Caputo in the first hour. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Seattle Jazz Fellowship: A New Beginning For Live Resident Jazz

Read "Seattle Jazz Fellowship: A New Beginning For Live Resident Jazz" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The local jazz scene in Seattle has been vibrant and at times prolific over the last one hundred years. The city hosted the only fully integrated jazz club scene in the 1920's and '30s, inspiring Black musicians from the south to escape Jim Crow, and find a place to not only engage in the bustling club ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Jazz Returns to Seattle's Central District: Two Evenings of Black Brilliance

Read "Jazz Returns to Seattle's Central District: Two Evenings of Black Brilliance" reviewed by Paul Rauch


There is a miracle on the corner of 12th Avenue and Jackson St. in what is now Seattle's “Little Saigon." In what was a traditional African American and Jewish community before the influx of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian immigrants after the war in Southeast Asia in the early 1980's, this urban crossroads was the main pulse ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Musical Tribute To New York

Read "A Musical Tribute To New York" reviewed by H William Stine


First show of my 12th season. It was great to be back. But, as reluctant as I am to admit it, the day was certainly not about me. It was September 11th. So for New York, and for anyone and everyone with scars on their heart for what happened on that day twenty years ago, I ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases from Renee Rosnes, Steve Maddock, Andy Farber and Pat Coil

Read "New Releases from Renee Rosnes, Steve Maddock, Andy Farber and Pat Coil" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Renee Rosnes, Steve Maddock, Andy Farber & His Orchestra (featuring Catherine Russell and Pat Coil, with a reissue from Madeleine Peyroux and a single from trombonist Nabou Claerhou, plus birthday shoutouts to Teri Thornton, Akiko Tsuruga, Mark Winkler, Sinne Eeg, Sherrie Maricle, Tomoko Omura and more. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Profile

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Greta Matassa

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Greta Matassa" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and 30's. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence

Read "Nice 'n' Easy Does It - A Celebration on the Centennial of Lew Spence" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


In the first hour, a celebration of the centennial of Lew Spence, best known for his hit “Nice 'n' Easy," plus new releases from trumpeters Rebecca Coupe Franks and Carol Morgan with birthday shoutouts to Joan Whitney, Della Reese (pictured), Mavis Staples and Caroline Davis. In the second hour there is a tribute to Johnny Mandel. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

How Sweet it Is

Read "How Sweet it Is" reviewed by H William Stine


Sweet. It's a word you don't hear much, especially now. Home Sweet Home? After four months of sheltering in place, what's so sweet about being home? Sweet Dreams? It's been months since I had one. Sweet Spot? I know what it used to mean, but now it means keeping six feet away from people. Sweet Nothings? ...

Album

Portrait

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Pieces of Dreams; To Make You Feel My Love; The Shining Sea; Prelude to a Kiss; If You Never Fall In Love With Me; Down Here on the Ground; That Day; The Beat of My Heart; The One Who Loves the Most/ Softly as I Leave You; Gone With the Wind; Just For a Thrill; Baubles, Bangles, and Beads; Lush Life.


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