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Benny Goodman, Erskine Hawkins & Ben Sidran

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Pianist of lyricist Ben Sidran begins the 763rd Episode of Neon Jazz with a song off his beautiful new album Swing State. It just so happens that he was the 2,000th full interview for the program. Following Ben's take on “Tuxedo Junction," we hear Erskine Hawkins's version. From there, we present a nice crop of music ...

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Vince Guaraldi, Houston Person & Kim Nalley

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From the jazz queen of the Bay Area we begin the 762nd Episode of Neon Jazz with vocalist Kim Nalley and music off her album I Want a Little Boy. We follow that up with her good friend and tenor Houston Person. We hear some great new music from Alberto Pibiri, Aaron Aranita and George Winstone. ...

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Marcus Roberts, Bill Evans & Matthew Kaminski

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Major League Baseball's All-Star game marks mid-season and we celebrate America's pastime with Atlanta Braves organist and Hammond B-3 groover Matthew Kaminski with a song from his LA Connection album featuring Jeff Hamilton and Bruce Forman. We also hear new music from Manel Fortia, Ester Wiesernova and Adam Shulman. In between, hear classics by Pete Daily's ...

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Mary Lou Williams, Sheila Jordan & CeCe Gable

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The voice and range of Reno-based veteran jazz singer CeCe Gable kicks off the 760th Episode of Neon Jazz with music from her new album Next Year's Song. We follow that up with music from an inspiration to many in the jazz world, Sheila Jordan and a song from Live at Mezzrow. More music from talents ...

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Doc Cheatham, Kenny Washington & Arron Bazzell

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From a New York City musician and educator realizing his dream with his debut album Aesthetic, we kick off today's show with saxophonist Aaron Bazzell. We follow that up with music by trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, who happened to be the first concert Aaron saw live. From there, show 759 showcases new music from Chicago's Susie Blue ...

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Bill Evans, Brian Landrus & Joel A. Martin

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We begin the 758th Episode of Neon Jazz with an innovator combining elements of jazz and classical into his new album Jazzical--Komitas Pass of Fire by pianist Joel A. Martin. New music from vocalist Michele Thomas, percussionist Ches Smith and bassist Chris Mondak are explored further. Minneapolis-based Larry McDonough pays tribut to pianist Bill Evans. Finally, ...

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Bill Charlap, Ron Miles & Jean Fineberg

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From bandleader and musical force of nature Jean Fineberg we begin the 756th Episode of Neon Jazz with a track from her band's eponymous release followed by something from “The Godfather of Soul" and a commentary from Jean. We also delve into new music from Peter Curtis, Keith Oxman and Chris Greene. Vocalists take center stage ...

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Article: The Big Question

Why don't more jazz venues present the music more in line with how people live today, rather than how they lived 60 years ago?

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This article was first published in December 2014. I have pondered for more than a decade as to why most jazz venues don't present the music contemporary to the lifestyles of most people today. Some do. Progressive examples of such venues that come immediately to mind include, Shapeshifter Lab in jny: New ...

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Kris Davis, Cole Porter & Lenny Marcus

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Washington DC-area pianist Lenny Marcus begins the 755th Episode of Neon Jazz with new material off his latest 2022 album When a Door Opens. We also hear new works from Ermelinda Cuellar, Kristina Koller and the Diva Jazz Orchestra. Balancing all this new material are classics from The California Ramblers, Aretha Franklin and Muggsy Spanier. A ...

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Brad Mehldau, Pat Martino and Vincent Orsolini

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Leading the Kansas City Jazz Group Everyday Strangers, we kick off the 754th Episode of Neon Jazz with keyboardist Vincent Orsolini. From there, we hear the artist who floored him while witnessing his first live show in Brad Mehldau. We move on into profiling jazz with an edge from the likes of Franky Freedom, Mark Owen, ...


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