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Jo Lawry

Rarely does a singer come along in whom virtuosity meets sensitivity. Jo Lawry at once tests the limits of technical facility and explores the furthest reaches of musical expression. Her music, steeped in the jazz tradition without being constrained by its traditional forms and functions, demonstrates a unique combination of maturity and inventiveness. Born in South Australia, Jo was awarded a 2003 Fulbright Fellowship for study in the United States, which led her to New York where she still resides. There, she studied with such jazz luminaries as Javon Jackson and John Riley, and recorded with Renee Rosnes, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash

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Jo Lawry: Acrobats

Read "Acrobats" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Ha trovato un intrigante, e quanto mai riuscito, equilibrio tra sperimentazione e mainstream la cantante australiana Jo Lawry nel suo pieno ritorno al jazz dopo il debutto del 2008 con I Want to Be Happy. Il merito va condiviso con la contrabbassista Linda May Han Oh e la batterista Allison Miller, magnifiche co-leader di ...

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Acrobats

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: Travelling Light; Acrobats; Taking a Chance on Love; You’re the Top; ‘Deed I Do; You’re the Voice; Takes Two to Tango; 317 East 32nd St; My Time of Day/I’ve Never Been in Love Before; If I Were a Bell.

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Love for Sale: Cole Porter from Ella to Iyer + Drinking Songs

Read "Love for Sale: Cole Porter from Ella to Iyer + Drinking Songs" reviewed by David Brown


In week's edition we honor a variety of musicians whose date of birth coincides with this weekend (Pine Top Smith, Hazel Scott, Kenny Barron, Jimmie Lunceford, Jamaaladeen Tacuma). We'll also celebrate the 132nd birthday of composer and song writer Cole Porter as interpreted by a variety of artist thought the evening. Drinking songs will follow, then ...

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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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Jo Lawry: Acrobats

Read "Acrobats" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Australian vocalist Jo Lawry has covered a lot of ground in a musical career that goes back to her well-received debut in 2008, I Want to Be Happy (Fleurieu). Her formidable jazz chops were readily apparent on that release, but she then turned to other genres, including folk and pop on albums like Taking Pictures (ABC ...

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Ben Allison, Rickie Lee Jones, Mette Henriette, Jo Lawry & Other New Releases

Read "Ben Allison, Rickie Lee Jones, Mette Henriette, Jo Lawry & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The painstaking job of unearthing subtle nuances which were lost in earlier mixes of five of his albums is at the heart of the remastering labor of love that Ben Allison has embarked on during the pandemic. During the first part of our show we focus on listening with new ears to some of our old ...

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New Vocal Releases, Birthday Shoutouts to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jutta Hipp and More

Read "New Vocal Releases, Birthday Shoutouts to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jutta Hipp and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast begins the February fundraiser for the station and includes new releases from drummer Jay Lawrence & the Platinum Jazz Orchestra, vocalists Jo Lawry, Ben Cassara and Ann Hampton Callaway, with birthday shoutouts to pianists Lil Hardin Armstrong, Caili O'Doherty, Jutta Hipp, vocalists Ed Reed, CeCe Gable and bassist Katie Thiroux, among others. Thanks for ...

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Laila Biali: Out Of Dust

Read "Out Of Dust" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


There's no boxing Laila Biali in. A sharp-minded songwriter, respected pianist and celebrated vocalist who straddles jazz and pop with unusual ease and strength of vision, Biali is truly beyond category. Possessing clear eyes, a perceptive mien and a sharpshooters's gifts in regard to emotional aim, she often expresses more in a single breath than others ...

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Aubrey Johnson: Unraveled

Read "Unraveled" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Serving as a statement of elucidation, exploration and emotional reasoning, Unraveled lays bare a unique soul while presenting a clear-headed means of disentangling complex artistic threads. It's an album that's as sophisticated as it is accessible and as personal as it is universal in its line(s) of thought. In short, it's a debut destined to stand ...


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