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Jen Allen is a jazz pianist whose debut solo album “Pieces of Myself” was released in June 2011. The album features Dave Baron on bass, Lee Fish on drums, Kris Allen on alto, Josh Evans on trumpet and Andrew Renfroe on guitar. In May 2011, Allen was chosen as one of only eight pianists from around the world to participate in the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Allen has played with many jazz greats including Nat Reeves, Jimmy Greene, Dezron Douglas, Charles Flores and Kris Allen. She has performed in venues throughout the world including the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, the Cambridge Festival of the Arts, the Greater Hartford Monday Night Jazz Series, and with many groups including Kendrick Oliver’s New Life Orchestra, the collaborative New Unity Quartet and other jazz and creative music ensembles. Allen has taught at the Litchfield Jazz Camp, The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, The University of Hartford, University of Connecticut Community School of the Arts Jazz Camp, and Trinity College. A native of Foxboro, Massachusetts, Allen was originally a cellist who started playing jazz piano as a favor to her high school band director, and it was then that she found her true artistic voice

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You Reap Just What You Sow - New Releases to Benefit the Jazz Foundation

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This week we feature music that is trying to raise funds to support the Jazz Foundation, by Catherine Russell and the Fred Hersch—Esperanza Spalding duo. We also focus on new releases from Sue Maskaleris, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Alexa Tarantino, W. Allen Taylor, Swingadelic, John Finbury and Magos Herrera, with birthday shoutouts to trumpeter Valaida Snow, guitarist Memphis ...

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Easy Peasey

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Label: Next Level
Released: 2019
Duration: 04:52

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The Music Never Stops: Tales of Wonder and Ms. B.C.

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This week we focus on new releases from pianist Danny Green's band LP and the Vinyl, vocalist Linda Purl, saxophonist Brian Landrus, the duo Const, plus a Stevie Wonder tribute by various Posi-Tone artists for his 70th birthday and a special single from Cynthia Scott, with more birthday shoutouts to lyricist Betty Comden and Betty Carter ...

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Something Cool - Celebrating Carol Sloane

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Women's History Month continues with new releases from saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, vocalist Jay Clayton, pianist Nuphar Fey and guitarist Pat Metheny, with birthday shout outs to vocalist Carol Sloane in the first hour (pictured), along with Nicki Parrott, Rachelle Garniez, Billy Childs, Carole Bayer Sager, Tomoko Ohno, Anat Fort and Eric Comstock, among others.

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Women's History Month Begins and A Broad Spectrum Celebrates Four Years!

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Happy fourth birthday to A Broad Spectrum! We hope to be on the air for many years to come. The first broadcast of Women's History Month includes new releases from vocalists Sinne Eeg, Aubrey Johnson, Judy Niemack and Gina Saputo, pianists Lara Driscoll, Jen Allen, saxophonist Jimmy Greene and ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, with birthday shout ...

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I Sing Just to Know I'm Alive - Happy Birthday to Nina Simone

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This week we focus on new releases from pianist Jen Allen, vocalists Rosemary Loar, Simone Kopmajer, Casey Abrams and Ian Shaw, plus birthday shout outs to Nina Simone in the first hour (who also has a new single out), flutists Nicole Mitchell and Mayu Saeki, vocalists Nancy Wilson, Anne Phillips, Kellye Gray and Shirley Crabbe, violinist ...

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Tomas Janzon, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum and More

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The focus of this hour is on three musicians that have new music charting well, along with the musicians that inspired them. First, we have guitarist Tomas Janzen followed by music from Charlie Parker. Secondly, we have pianist Jen Allen and music from her mentor Jackie McLean. Finally, we profile Indianapolis-based saxophonist Amanda Gardier followed by ...

Sifting Grace

Label: Next Level
Released: 2019
Track listing: Begin Again; Blanket Statement; Climbing Ivy; Easy Peasey ; Kurinji; Prickly Pear; Sifting Grace.

Guitars Galore: Major Vistas, Joe Policastro Trio, Dan Arcamone, Charlie Ballantine, Sound Underground, & Kay-Ta Matsuno

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A brief overview of several notable 2016 contemporary jazz releases featuring guitarists. Major Vistas Minor Anthems Self Produced 2016 A fresh approach to the jazz trio, and the debut release from Madison, Wisconsin's Major Vistas. Keyboardist Mike Weiser says he thinks of it as a modern “organ" ...


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