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Some musicians are content to find one thing they like to do, and then to keep doing it for the rest of their career. Jason Miles is definitely not that kind of artist. Repetition is not a concept that even makes sense to him. Why stay stuck in one place when you can explore and experience something different? Moving determinedly forward has been Miles’ guiding philosophy since he began playing music professionally, more than four decades ago. 

As a composer, keyboardist, producer and arranger, Grammy winner Miles has brought to every new project he’s undertaken a boundless sense of curiosity and adventure

ARTICLE: RADIO

Love Song for August

Read "Love Song for August" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first broadcast in August included new releases from Veronica Swift, John Storie, Wendy Kirkland, Gretje Angell, Sara Gazarek and Wayne Wallace and Moy Eng, with birthday shout outs to Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, pianists Diane Moser and Josh Nelson, plus vocalists Kat Edmonson, KJ Denhart, Kevin Mahogany, Baby Jane Dexter, and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Big Noise New York

Read "Big Noise New York" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first broadcast of 2019 included a preview of some of the many artists performing in New York at the Winter Jazzfest and APAP annual convention, with new releases by Simone Kopmajer, Something Blue and Stacy Sullivan, plus birthday shout outs to Myra Melford, Carol Sudhalter, James Shipp, and vocalist Christine Tobin, among others.

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Blue is Paris/Night Time

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Label: Lightyear Entertainment
Released: 2017
Duration: 4:47

ARTICLE: RADIO

Honoring Aretha & Timeless Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh

Read "Honoring Aretha & Timeless Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we remember the legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in the second hour and enjoy a sampling of standards with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh plus songs by women who wrote with pianist Jimmy Rowles whose centennial is being celebrated this year. Playlist Lynne Arriale “Woodstock" from Give Us These Days ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

Read "Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

Kind Of New 2: Blue Is Paris

Label: Lightyear Entertainment
Released: 2017
Track listing: Blue is Paris: Sunshine; Blue is Paris: Nighttime; Blue is Paris: Morning; Blue is Paris: After Hours; Blue is Paris: Afternoon; Blue is Paris: Twilight; Blue is Paris: Dawn; Blue is Paris: Sunset; Blue is Paris: Thunderstorm; Blue is Paris: Lightning

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jason Miles: Kind Of New 2: Blue Is Paris

Read "Kind Of New 2: Blue Is Paris" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

You can't fault the motivation behind keyboardist Jason Miles' sequel to Kind of New (Whaling City Sound, 2015). Miles wanted to respond to the 2015 Paris terror attack and Kind of New 2: Blue Is Paris is the result, but though the motivation is solid, the execution doesn't match it. With Kind of New, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jason Miles Will Release "Kind Of New 2: Blue Is Paris" On May 12

Jason Miles Will Release "Kind Of New 2: Blue Is Paris" On May 12

Follow Up to 2015's Kind of New Features Ten Arrangements of Producer/Keyboardist's New Composition Written in Reaction to 2015 Paris Terror Attacks Legendary producer, keyboardist and composer Jason Miles’ Kind of New 2: Blue is Paris, featuring ten interpretations of the titular piece which he composed after visiting Paris in the weeks immediately following the 2015 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

CDs of Note – Short Takes

CDs of Note – Short Takes

Tis the season for jazz tribute recordings. Taking a look at CD projects honoring the musical legacies of Jackie McLean, Marian McPartland, Oscar Peterson, Dinah Washington, Grover Washington Jr. and Attila Zoller... Various Artists Message to Attila: The Music of Attila Zoller (Enja) The late Attila Zoller was an important but somewhat ...


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