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Jessica Williams

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Jessica Williams is a well-known and highly respected pianist and composer who has deep roots in the Jazz Tradition. The two-time Grammy Nominee was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and classically trained at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In her teens, Jessica moved to Philadelphia and began playing with the great Philly Joe Jones, drummer for the Miles Davis Quintet. Later, she moved to California, where she played in the bands of Eddie Harris, Dexter Gordon, Tony Williams, Stan Getz, Big Nick Nicholaus, Airto and Flora, Charlie Rouse, John Abercrombie, Charlie Haden, Leroy Vinnegar, and others. She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; a Rockerfeller Grant for composing; the Alice B

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New Releases By Fay Victor, Taylor Eigsti, Birthday Shoutouts To Shirley Scott, Jessica Williams & More

Read "New Releases By Fay Victor, Taylor Eigsti, Birthday Shoutouts To Shirley Scott, Jessica Williams & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Lauren White, Cliff Beach, Marta Karassawa, Fay Victor, Taylor Eigsti and Jane Scheckter, with birthday shoutouts to Noriko Ueda, Shirley Scott, Nicole Henry, Jane Irving, Mark Murphy, Giorgia Hannoush, Jessica Williams, Bobby McFerrin and Marilyn Harris, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing ...

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New Releases Plus A Celebration Of Octogenarian Women Of Jazz

Read "New Releases Plus A Celebration Of Octogenarian Women Of Jazz" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from vocalists Susan Krebs, Tracey Yarad, Hailey Brinnel and Lizzie Thomas, with singles from drummer Cecilia Sanchietti and harpist Brandee Younger, plus birthday shoutouts to Jessica Williams, Nat King Cole, Berta Moreno, Queen of the Organ Shirley Scott, Michele Rosewoman and Mark Murphy, among others. Also a preview of a special ...

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Jitterbug Waltz, Toshiko Akiyoshi and some electro/electro acoustic works

Read "Jitterbug Waltz, Toshiko Akiyoshi and some electro/electro acoustic works" reviewed by David Brown


This week, we celebrate Fats Waller's tune “Jitterbug Waltz," recorded 81 years ago this week, with interpretations by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Eric Dolphy & Tyshawn Sorey; we'll also check out a set of works featuring pianist composer & arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi. Ikue Mori was in Philly this week so let's hear a solo from her+ some ...

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Zorn's Bagatelles to Garner's Mambo

Read "Zorn's Bagatelles to Garner's Mambo" reviewed by David Brown


This week, John Zorn's Bagatelles featuring Brian Marsalla, Kris Davis and John Medeski: new works by Jason Moran, Kenny Barron and Pandelis Karayorgis; Woody Herman sings with Erroll Garner; If I were a bell with Red Garland, Jo Lawry and Duke Ellington, and much more. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the ...

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A Wish For the New Year With New Releases by Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding, Remembering Artists Who Passed and More

Read "A Wish For the New Year With New Releases by Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding, Remembering Artists Who Passed and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This first broadcast of the new year celebrates 2023 with new releases from Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding and a single from Carla Muller, plus Part I of some favorite recordings of 2022 and a nod to some of the artists that left the planet last year. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...

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Day of the Dead Show - A Sonic Alter

Read "Day of the Dead Show - A Sonic Alter" reviewed by David Brown


This week, we bring you G-Town Radio's 5th annual Day of the Dead weekend. For this week's Jazz Continuum program, we will feature a variety of jazz musicians paying homage to friends, mentors, and icons in the Jazz Continuum. Think of this as a sonic alter to those who came before in the music.

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Abe Goldstien

Read "Meet Abe Goldstien" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


You can have your “Dry Cleaner From Des Moines"--we're putting our money on our latest jazz Super Fan from Des Moines. Former adman Abe Goldstien lists his passions as his wife, his two children, and jazz. Retired though he may be, Abe doesn't show any signs of slowing down, keeping up a busy schedule volunteering for ...

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Piano Inside And Out: You Have To Be Modernistic

Read "Piano Inside And Out: You Have To Be Modernistic" reviewed by David Brown


Today, a survey of piano approaches from James P. Johnson to Dorothy Donegan to Satoko Fujii and lots of folks in between. This is piano jazz.Playlist King Fleming Trio “Junction City Blues" from Stand By (Argo) 0:00:30 Randy Weston “Boram Xam Xam" from Khepera (Verve) 0:04:01 Earl “Fatha" Hines “Blues in Thirds" from The ...

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Songs of Spring and More New Releases for April

Read "Songs of Spring and More New Releases for April" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from from Callum Au & Claire Martin, Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini with a special single of Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most from Sarah Moule and Simon Wallace in honor of the centennial of T.S. Eliot's poem The Wasteland, which was the song's inspiration, plus birthday shoutouts to ...


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