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Helen Sung

Helen Sung is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, and a newly named 2021 Guggenheim Fellow. A native of Houston, Texas, and graduate of its High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), she eschewed her classical piano upbringing after a jazz epiphany during undergraduate studies at UT Austin. Helen went on to become part of the inaugural class of the Thelonious Monk Institute (now the Herbie Hancock Institute) at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her recent releases Sung With Words (Stricker Street), a collaborative project with renowned poet Dana Gioia funded by a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant, and Anthem For A New Day (Concord Jazz) topped the jazz charts

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Terri Lyne Carrington's Latest Project Sets New Standards For Women Composers

Read "Terri Lyne Carrington's Latest Project Sets New Standards For Women Composers" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander, Celia Berk, Connie Han, trio Daniel Carter, Kelly Green & Luca Soul, a live 2017 concert recording featuring Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese, Esperanza Spalding, plus Terri Lyne Carrington's groundbreaking New Standards Vol. 1 project highlighting women composers, with birthday shoutouts to Doris ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cool and Groovy Vibes for a Hot Summer Night

Read "Cool and Groovy Vibes for a Hot Summer Night" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a cool and groovy mix for a hot summer night. Sets with string quartets, vibraphone vibes, burning roller-coaster rides, and dancing with ants in your pants. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club--Complete (Columbia) 00:30 Valaida Snow “I Can't Dance" from Valaida Snow 1933-1936 (The Classics Chronological Series ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

21 Standards on Tap

Read "21 Standards on Tap" reviewed by David Brown


What makes a song a standard? How does a tune enter the commonly shared repertoire that jazz musicians have been expected to know at any moment? Tonight, we spin a variety of well-worn standards for your listening pleasure. Sonny Rollins once said, “Jazz and standards are forever locked in loving embrace." Some commentary in this episode ...

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Article: Live Review

Helen Sung Quartet + 1 at SFJAZZ Center

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Helen Sung Quartet+1 Joe Henderson lab at SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, CA March 18, 2022 Raised by immigrants from Taiwan in Houston, Texas, Helen Sung does not fit the traditional stereotype of a jazz musician. Sung was set to be a classical pianist, earning her bachelor's and master's degrees in classical ...

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Article: Live Review

Chris Potter Big Band and Quartet at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Chris Potter Big Band and Quartet at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Chris Potter Big Band and Quartet CenterSFJAZZ Center San Francisco, CA March 17-19, 2022 Widely acclaimed saxophonist Chris Potter needs no introduction. His fans know him as someone who is always expanding and growing. In addition to his recent role as leader of the SFJAZZ Collective, Potter has formed trios and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

JC Plays Pretty for You: Ballads, Blues, and Soulful Tunes

Read "JC Plays Pretty for You: Ballads, Blues, and Soulful Tunes" reviewed by David Brown


This week, The Jazz Continuum plays pretty for you. Ballads, blues, and soulful tunes from Vi Redd, Ben Webster, Joel Ross, Derek Bailey, Somi, Les McCann, and many more. Plus, a remembrance of pianist Jessica Williams. Playlist Joel Ross “Prayer" from The Parable of the Poet (Blue Note) 0:01:20 Randy Weston African Rhythms “Prayer ...

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News: Festival

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Is Back June 17-25! Lineup Announced, Headliner Shows All Free!

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Is Back June 17-25! Lineup Announced, Headliner Shows All Free!

325 Shows – 1750+ Artists – 20 Venues – Record Number of Free Shows – Limited Number of Club Passes Now On Sale The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is back! After a two-year hiatus due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the lineup for the long-awaited 2022 nine-day ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Bebop, Beats, and the Drive of Beat Literature

Read "Bebop, Beats, and the Drive of Beat Literature" reviewed by Arthur R George


"Mulberry-eyed girls in black stockings, Smelling vaguely of mint jelly and last night's bongo drummer... fling their arrow legs / To the heavens / Losing their doubts in the beat" of jny: San Francisco nights, announced poet Bob Kaufman's “Bagel Shop Jazz." (Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness, New Directions Publishing, 1965; Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman, City ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celia Kameni, Esperanza Spalding, Nigel Price, Pastor T.L. Barrett and More New Releases

Read "Celia Kameni, Esperanza Spalding, Nigel Price, Pastor T.L. Barrett and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We're still riding high on the wave of amazing albums released in 2021 as we explore the sonic multiverse of Celia Kameni through four of her many collaborations before diving into the transcendental music of Pastor T.L. Barrett, Yebba, Esperanza Spalding and some interesting jazz & string projects.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz ...


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