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Johnny Hartman

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John Maurice Hartman was a critically acclaimed baritone jazz singer who specialized in ballads. Born in Louisiana but raised in Chicago, he began singing and playing the piano by age eight. In 1940, Hartman graduated from DuSable High School where he studied music under Walter Dyett before receiving a scholarship to Chicago Musical College. He sang as an Army private during WWII but his first professional work came in September 1946 when he won a singing contest awarding him a one-week engagement with Earl Hines at Chicago's El Grotto nightclub. Seeing potential in the singer, Hines hired him for the next year

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Renée Manning

Read "Take Five With Renée Manning" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Renée Manning Widely celebrated vocalist/composer, Renée Manning, has been educating students ages 2 to 100 years for the past 35 years. During her 10 years as instructor and Vocal Chair at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, she has been awarded several grants including Met Life grants for her choral work with Prospect Hill Senior Center, ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

John Coltrane: A Liturgical Discography

Read "John Coltrane: A Liturgical Discography" reviewed by Steve Cook


So much to hear and so little time. The immensity of the recording legacy of John Coltrane as leader, co-leader and side player can be daunting for newcomers and long-time fans alike. Without needing to argue for the place of Coltrane's oeuvre in history, the following proposes a year-long calendar by which to experience and enjoy ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos

Read "Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine.The winners of the New Jersey Jazz Society's new Juried Scholarship Competition are:$1,000 prize for PerformanceTrumpeter Liam Sutcliffe, Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Studies Program$1,000 prize for Composition Vocalist Jimmy Waltman, Princeton University Program in Jazz Studies$500 prize ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

African Cookbook, A Vocal Tangent, A Dizzy Atmosphere

Read "African Cookbook, A Vocal Tangent, A Dizzy Atmosphere" reviewed by David Brown


This week, South African jazz artists to African sounds in jazz, a vocal tangent, and finally, a Dizzy atmosphere. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Epistrophy (Theme)" from Live At The It Club (Complete) (Columbia) 00:15 Somi “House of the Rising Sun" from Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba (Salon Africana) 01:50 Nduduzo Makhathini “Amathongo" from In ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

More Than 3 Tenors

Read "More Than 3 Tenors" reviewed by H William Stine


They were superstars on their own, iconic names who didn't need first names: Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti. The world loved them; and they loved the world -sometimes a little too literary. When they agreed to sing together, they went from superstars to superheroes: The Three Tenors. Three? Really? That's all it takes to be adored? I can ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Disinformation Week

Read "Disinformation Week" reviewed by H William Stine


Disinformation. It's a word we're hearing frequently these days. Some people call Disinformation propaganda; some people with a straight face call it alternative facts. I call it pernicious lies. So I spent two hours defining and explicating Disinformation; and, most importantly, telling people how to protect themselves from it. JUST KIDDING! You know me. Instead, I ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Jones, Part 2

Read "Hanksgiving: A Tribute to Hank Jones, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This year our seasonal Hanksgiving episode celebrates a musician of sumptuous elegance and sophisticated narrative and harmonic feel like pianist Hank Jones. As usual, we play a mix of albums that feature him as a leader, co-leader or sideman and renditions of his work by other musicians. Happy listening. PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lotsa Luck

Read "Lotsa Luck" reviewed by H William Stine


Good luck, best of luck, lucky day, lucky duck, lucky dog, lucky devil, all the luck, with a little bit of luck, lucky charm, beginners luck, just my luck--are you seeing a pattern here? I saw a musical theme. Lots of “Lucky" song titles and song lyrics, plus a reminder or two that not all luck ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Will Power Versus Won't Power

Read "Will Power Versus Won't Power" reviewed by H William Stine


What does it take to lose weight? Willpower. Stop biting your nails? Willpower. What does it take to stop watching America's Got Talent? Half a brain—but that's a different issue. Getting back on topic: what does it take to give up smoking? Again, Willpower. So let me get this straight: Willpower is forcing yourself not to ...


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