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June was born as Shirley Luster on November 20, 1925 at the Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois and was raised from the age of three in Decatur, Illinois; and from the beginning always wanted to sing. She was singing with local bands when she was just 13, and later with society bands around Chicago, the big city 150 miles from Springfield, using the name Sharon Leslie. None of her family knew anything about music, so she had to persuade them to let her sing with the local home town band. The band was led by Bill Oetzel, and as Shirley Luster she sang with it for four years. Next she joined Boyd Raeburn's first great band at Chicago's new Band Box Theatre

Article: Album Review

Veronica Swift: This Bitter Earth

Read "This Bitter Earth" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Ad appena 26 anni Veronica Swift firma il suo album più avvincente e maturo, imponendosi come la vocalist stilisticamente più completa emersa nel nuovo millennio. Dotata di un talento prodigioso, s'è imposta nell'affollato panorama odierno delle cantanti per inventiva e virtuosismo, rinnovando l'eredità di grandi interpreti degli anni cinquanta come Anita O'Day e Dinah Washington.

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News: Recording

June Christy: Fair and Warmer!

June Christy: Fair and Warmer!

Each year, right after the holidays, I love listening to June Christy's 1950s vocal recordings for Capitol. It's the hip dryness of her voice, the beaming sunshine of her singing style and cool phrasing that knock me out. It's all very California. Couple this with Pete Rugolo's eclectic arrangements and the Hollywood tigers assembled for the ...

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Concert Kenton

Label: Sounds of Yesteryear
Released: 2020
Track listing: Act I, Progressive Jazz—Artistry Jumps; Elegy for Alto; Machito; Theme to the West. Act II, Innovations in Modern Music—Theme; Samana; I’ll Remember April; Gloomy Sunday; How High the Moon; Love for Sale; Gregory Bemko; Salute; Theme. Act III, Mellophoniums—Commencement; Artemis and Apollo; Apercu. Act IV, L.A. Neophonic —Stan speaks about the Neophonic Orchestra. Opus for Tympani (First Movement / Second Movement / Third Movement). Act V, 1971—A Listening; Poinciana.

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Article: Radio

New Releases, Grammy Nominations Plus Celebrating Etta Jones and Gloria Lynne

Read "New Releases, Grammy Nominations Plus Celebrating Etta Jones and Gloria Lynne" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new releases from Mariana Zwarg, Billy Stritch and Seth MacFarlane with a peek at the Grammy nominations plus birthday shoutouts to Etta Jones, Ethel Ennis, Leigh Pilzer, June Christy, Judy Carmichael, Maria Schneider and Gloria Lynne (pictured) among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: June Christy

Jazz Musician of the Day: June Christy

All About Jazz is celebrating June Christy's birthday today! June was born as Shirley Luster on November 20, 1925 at the Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois and was raised from the age of three in Decatur, Illinois; and from the beginning always wanted to sing. She was singing with local bands when she was just 13, ...

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Article: Album Review

Stan Kenton and His Orchestra: Concert Kenton

Read "Concert Kenton" reviewed by Jack Bowers


There's no question that Stan Kenton led one of the more successful and popular orchestras of the storied Big Band Era, winning various yearly polls while drawing large crowds to his jazz concerts and dance performances from coast to coast. But Kenton always wanted something more: to enlighten as well as entertain. Music, he felt, should ...

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Article: Album Review

Naama Gheber: Dearly Beloved

Read "Dearly Beloved" reviewed by Jim Trageser


Cabaret singer? Jazz singer? Pop singer? The splendid debut from Israeli singer Naama Gheber recalls a time when such distinctions were utterly without meaning. “Dearly Beloved" finds her inhabiting the same territory as such classic crossover singers as June Christy, Peggy Lee and Lena Horne. Of course, for that generation, jazz WAS ...

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Article: Interview

Michelle Lordi: Career Evolution

Read "Michelle Lordi: Career Evolution" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Some artists are blessed to be born into situations where opportunities are at the ready. Education and training are easily obtainable. Maybe they have connections to the professional world, via their lineage or other friends. Even so, it's still up to them to produce and deal with the inevitable vagaries of their choice to pursue music ...

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Article: Radio

Never Forget to Say Thank You

Read "Never Forget to Say Thank You" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week we feature Grammy nominees and finalists from the Hot House/Jazzmobile NYC Readers Jazz Awards, a new release from Alice Ricciardi and Pietro Lussu, plus birthday shout outs to June Christy, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mandel, Etta Jones, pianist Geoffrey Keezer and Michelle Ann May of Musique Noire, among others. Playlist Musique Noire “Pretty ...


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