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Helen Merrill

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Helen Merrill was born on July 21, 1929, in New York City. She is a first generation American, her parents immigrated from what is now known as Croatia. She began singing as a teenager in the late 1940s. In 1951, she was a vocalist with the Earl Hines band. She recorded two songs on the Roost label in 1953, ‘My Funny Valentine’ and ‘The More I See You’, which mark the beginning of her long recording career. These recordings led to her being signed to a contract on the newly launched EmArcy label of Mercury Records. The first single released by EmArcy Records (EmArcy 16000) was by Helen Merrill

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sam Rivers Centennial + New John Zorn Works

Read "Sam Rivers Centennial + New John Zorn Works" reviewed by David Brown


For this week's show, we celebrate the centennial of the birth of composer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers; along the way we'll here a short vocal set and some recent releases from John Zorn. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club--Complete (Columbia) 01:50 Helen Merrill, Clifford Brown “Hush Now Don't Explain" ...

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New Releases, A Pride of Jazz Leos, Congratulations To Jazz Master Amina Claudine Myers & More

Read "New Releases, A Pride of Jazz Leos, Congratulations To Jazz Master Amina Claudine Myers & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Kaisa's Machine, Amy Engelhardt, the Towner Galaher Organ Trio, with a single from vocalist Monika Ryan, plus birthday shoutouts to guitarist Mary Osborne, vocalists Kay Starr, Helen Merrill, Luciana Souza, Phoebe Snow, Cynthia Scott, Janis Siegel, Joanie Palatto, Carmen Bradford, among others, closing with a salute to newly awarded Jazz ...

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Article: Touchstone Album Picks

Francesca Han: Exuding Honesty

Read "Francesca Han: Exuding Honesty" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Pianist and composer Francesca Han's duo album with Ralph Alessi, Exude (Hanji, 2022), is a timely reminder of the Korean's talent as an interpreter, an improvisor and as a creative force. It is a beautiful, conversational album, open to multiple influences. Classically trained, Han discovered jazz while studying in her native Seoul. It was ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jerome Kern The Jazz Standard

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This week we celebrate the 138th birthday of Jerome Kern. Born in 1885, Kern was an important composer of musical theatre and popular music in the early 20th century. Many of Kern's songs have been adapted by jazz musicians to become standard tunes. Featured interpreters of Kern's songs will include David S. Ware, Connie Crothers, Clifford ...

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Article: Album Review

Radka Toneff, Steve Dobrogosz: Fairytales

Read "Fairytales" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'album jazz norvegese più importante della storia torna sul mercato nel quarantennale della sua pubblicazione. Il giudizio è stato espresso in un referendum del 2011 che ha coinvolto i musicisti del paese scandinavo ed è risultato in linea con le scelte del pubblico: Fairytales è tuttora il più venduto album jazz norvegese. Per ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Midsummer Releases From Duo Carmen Staaf & Allison Miller, Vocalists Deb Rasmussen and Lainie Cooke Plus Birthday Shoutouts And More

Read "Midsummer Releases From Duo Carmen Staaf & Allison Miller, Vocalists Deb Rasmussen and Lainie Cooke Plus Birthday Shoutouts And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from duo Carmen Staaf & Allison Miller, vocalists Deb Rasmussen and Lainie Cooke, Vancouver duo Laura Crema & Bill Coon, with birthday shoutouts to Lisa Maxwell, Cynthia Scott, Carmen Bradford, Helen Merrill, Nicole Glover, Janis Siegel and Luciana Souza, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear ...

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Shabaka Hutchings, Warne Marsh, Deanna Witkowski and More

Read "Shabaka Hutchings, Warne Marsh, Deanna Witkowski and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is an extremely varied selection of music ranging from spiritual blasts by Shabaka Hutchings and Franklin Kiermyer to sax mastery by Warne Marsh and Tony Malaby and torchy vocals from Dinah Washington and Helen Merrill. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings ...

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Lightbulb Moments

Read "Lightbulb Moments" reviewed by H William Stine


They don't happen often and they don't happen to everyone. But if one does happen to you, it could change your life. Of course I'm talking about an IRS audit. Of course I'm not talking about an IRS audit. I'm talking about those out-of-the-blue, eye-opening moments of inspiration or maybe self-discovery. One thing: they're always moments ...

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The Home Show: Vi Redd, Joel Ross, Jutta Hipp, Henry Threadgill, Miho Hazama and more

Read "The Home Show: Vi Redd, Joel Ross, Jutta Hipp, Henry Threadgill, Miho Hazama and more" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a thematic serving of tunes expressing feelings of wanting to be home, traveling home, being home, turkey, and saying goodbye. Featuring Henry Threadgill, Helen Merrill, Ray Bryant, Brother Jack McDuff, Joel Ross, Vi Redd, Miho Hazama and more. Playlist Petter Eldh “Kali Koma" from Koma Saxo (We Jazz Records) 00:00 Henry Threadgill ...


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