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Jimmy Heath

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Jimmy Heath has long been recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist and a magnificent composer and arranger. Jimmy is the middle brother of the legendary Heath Brothers (Percy Heath/bass and Tootie Heath/drums), and is the father of James 'Mtume', Roslyn and Jeffery. He has performed with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years, from Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis to Wynton Marsalis. In 1948 at the age of 21, he performed in the First International Jazz Festival in Paris with McGhee, sharing the stage with Coleman Hawkins, Slam Stewart, and Erroll Garner. One of Heath’s earliest big bands (1947-1948) in Philadelphia included John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Specs Wright, Cal Massey, Johnny Coles, Ray Bryant, and Nelson Boyd

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Bill Gati

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William Gati Bom April 1O, 1959, in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil Initially trained as a classical pianist (he studied at Juilliard from the age of 8), William Gati has been drawn to Jazz while studying with the great John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet). After graduating from City College (1981), he has played in various church venues and has been influenced by gospel music. He has also been involved in directing and performing in musicals and has been influences by the Broadway Show style. His greatest strength, however, is in improvising and performing jazz standards and original compositions. He has been influenced by Sir Roland Hanna (a good friend and Professor at Queens College), John Lewis (another friend), Herbie Hancock, Dr

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Article: Year in Review

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

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Article: Radio

Closing Out the Year 2020 With New Releases Plus A Remembrance Of Departed Artists

Read "Closing Out the Year 2020 With New Releases Plus A Remembrance Of Departed Artists" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Our year end broadcast features new releases from Paola Prestini & Magos Herrera, Lezlie Harrison and Sue Maskaleris with birthday shoutouts to pianists Janice Friedman, Una Mae Carlisle, vocalists Chris McNulty, Katie Bull, Edith Piaf and saxophonist Camille Thurman. Also remembering the many musicians who left us in 2020. Thanks for listening and please support the ...

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Article: Year in Review

Peter J. Hoetjes' Best Releases of 2020

Read "Peter J. Hoetjes' Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes


It's been an unusual year for the music industry within any genre. The first few months of 2020 were fairly typical, followed by months of uncertainty prompted by fear and misinformation. As the year closes however, jazz musicians are hopefully able to glimpse the sun rising on the distant horizon. If 2019 was a ...

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Article: Year in Review

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020

Read "In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020" reviewed by Maxim Micheliov


As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to remember the extraordinarily gifted musicians who made an indelible mark on jazz. With sadness, we bid farewell to Gary Peacock, Ennio Morricone, Keith Tippett, Henry Grimes, Bucky Pizzarelli, Wallace Roney and many others including NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Candido Camero, ...

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Love Letter

Label: Verve Music Group
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ballad From Upper Neighbor’s Suite; Left Alone; Inside Your Heart; Fashion Or Passion; Con Alma; Don’t Misunderstand; La Mesha; Don’t Explain.

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Article: Album Review

Jim Waller Big Band: Bucket List

Read "Bucket List" reviewed by Jack Bowers


One glance at Jim Waller's silver mane is enough to make it clear he is no young lion. In fact, Waller, a veteran composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist who calls San Antonio, Texas, home, is nearing his eighth decade. Even though Waller's career has been long and successful, there was one item on his Bucket List that ...

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Article: Radio

Celebrating Jazz Scorpios Nellie Lutcher and More

Read "Celebrating Jazz Scorpios Nellie Lutcher and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Today's broadcast celebrates many Jazz Scopios, with birthday shoutouts to Nellie Lutcher ("He's a Real Gone Guy, Hurry On Down"), Dizzy Gillespie, Fred Hersch, Dianne Reeves, Magos Herrera, Jimmy Heath, Freddy Cole, Anita O'Day and Fran Landesman ("Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," “Ballad of the Sad Young Men"). Thanks for listening and please ...

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Article: Radio

We've Just Begun - A Review of Recent Recordings

Read "We've Just Begun - A Review of Recent Recordings" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Despite the pandemic, it has been a great year for new music. Today's broadcast includes new releases from cellist Tomeka Reid and pianist Carol Welsman, plus a review of various recordings that are on this year's preliminary Grammy ballot. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time ...


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