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Kandace Springs

Every so often a new singer emerges who’s able to assimilate multiple musical touchstones and still come off sounding remarkably fresh and unburdened by the past. Kandace Springs is one of those artists. The 27-year-old, Nashville-based singer, songwriter and pianist counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by her sparkling full-length Blue Note Records debut, Soul Eyes, Springs mimics none of them. Instead Springs allows her comely alto to become a conduit that touches upon soul, jazz and pop while transforming those aforementioned influences into a personalized sound that reveals itself effortlessly


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Albert Tootie Heath, Nick Finzer, Noah Haidu & Matthew Whitaker

Read "Albert Tootie Heath, Nick Finzer, Noah Haidu & Matthew Whitaker" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We kick off the 851st Episode of Neon Jazz with the brilliance and prowess of pianist Matthew Whitaker and music from his forthcoming album. From there, we get into a host of tunes from the Kandace Springs, Rachel Z, Dave Bass, Queen Esther, Leigh Pilzer and Noah Haidu. Talented singer Hyeonseon Baek makes his debut on ...


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New Releases, Birthday Celebrations For Dorothy Donegan, Alberta Hunter, Billie Holiday & More

Read "New Releases, Birthday Celebrations For Dorothy Donegan, Alberta Hunter, Billie Holiday & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast makes the graceful morph from Womens History to Jazz Appreciation Month with new releases from John Basile, Kandace Springs, Jamie Baum, Queen Esther, Leigh Pilzer, Lizz Wright and Tierney Sutton, with birthday shoutouts to Dorothy Donegan, Alberta Hunter, Billie Holiday, Doris Day, Christine Jensen, Tessa Souter, Teri Parker, Tia Fuller, and Amina Claudine Myers, ...


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Take Five with Ricardo Bacelar

Read "Take Five with Ricardo Bacelar" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Ricardo Bacelar Ricardo Bacelar is a Brazilian composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He began his musical career at a young age and was initially influenced by classical, jazz, and Brazilian styles, which significantly contribute to his work today. Throughout his career, he has had numerous accomplishments, garnering top radio play in the U.S., among other notable ...


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Lizz Wright at Yoshi's Oakland

Read "Lizz Wright at Yoshi's Oakland" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Lizz Wright Yoshi's Oakland Oakland CA June 29, 2022 The accomplished vocalist and songwriter Lizz Wright introduced an exceptional blend of gospel, folk and jazz genres to an exuberant assembly at Yoshi's. Wright, accompanied by pianist Kenny Banks, gracefully took the stage to a full house in one of the San ...


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Kandace Springs Quartet / Sasha Berliner Quartet at Jazz Alley

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Kandace Springs Quartet/ Sasha Berliner Quartet Jazz Alley Seattle, WA February 27, 2022 Seattle's premier jazz showroom, Jazz Alley, celebrated its 40th anniversary in anonymity during the pandemic lockdown. John Dimitriou's 400-seater in the Belltown neighborhood grew from humble beginnings in the city's University district, where “The Alley" was hatched as ...


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Monterey Jazz Festival 2021: Returning to the Scene of the Legacy

Read "Monterey Jazz Festival 2021: Returning to the Scene of the Legacy" reviewed by Josef Woodard

Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey County Fairgrounds Monterey, CA September 24-26, 2021 Hastily and heroically assembled, the 64th annual Monterey Jazz Festival took over the Monterey County Fairgrounds, with an added, unusual emotional power. After losing a year to COVID's live music-slashing sword, this great American institution--which rightly touts its legacy ...


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A Look Back at Notable Recordings Composed by Women in 2020

Read "A Look Back at Notable Recordings Composed by Women in 2020" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy New Year! The broadcast begins 2021 with a look back at some of the notable 2020 releases made despite the disruption of the pandemic and all of its difficulties. Thanks for listening and please continue your support of the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown.Playlist Anne Sajdera ...


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 ...


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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