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Kat is an exciting, talented example of the current new generation of singer/ songwriters who presents her own brand of jazz-influenced, contemporary music to an ever-increasing and diverse audience. From her unique take on the traditional jazz standards, to her personal and soulful interpretations of the music of Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones and even the Arctic Monkeys and Oasis, this Boston born vocalist wins appreciation in theatres, clubs, restaurants and even bateaux on London’s River Thames. She is in constant demand and regularly works as a duo with jazz guitar or piano, as well as with many of Europe’s leading musicians in big bands; nonets; as part of an eight piece Ella Fitzgerald tribute and with her own trio and quartet. Her passion for jazz was developed at the famed Berklee School of Music in Boston, USA and she honed her skills further at New York University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree, majoring in drama and voice

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New Releases With Birthday Shoutouts to Regina Carter, Dorothy Ashby, Abbey Lincoln and More

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This broadcast presents new releases from marimbaist Jenny Klukken, Kevin Hays, Ben Street & Billy Hart, bassist Ilana Lipsztein, Cory Weeds Nightcrawlers and saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree with birthday shoutouts to Regina Carter, Dorothy Ashby, Abbey Lincoln, KJ Denhert, Kat Edmonson and Kat Gang, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by ...

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A Pride of Jazz Leos - Louis Armstrong, Abbey Lincoln, Dorothy Ashby & More

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Lots of Jazz Leos to celebrate on today's broadcast. Included are new releases from Beth Duncan, Regina Carter, Ken Steele plus a special pandemic single from Lauren Lee, with birthday shoutouts to Abbey Lincoln, Louis Armstrong, KJ Denhert, Hendrik Meurkens, Kat Gang, Dorothy Ashby, Kat Edmonson, Roberta Piket, Terri Lyne Carrington and more. Thanks for listening ...

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The Empress of the Blues

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This broadcast opens with a celebration of the music of Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, in honor of her birthday, with new releases from saxophonist Melissa Aldana, vocalists Emma Larsson, Marc Jordan, Joanna Wallfisch and Claire Martin, plus more birthday shout outs to Dusty Springfield and Carline Ray (member of the International Sweethearts of ...

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John Escreet, The Expansions and More

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To open this week's episode of Neon Jazz we feature the British pianist John Escreet and one of his heroes, Keith Jarrett. The show pays tribute to the talented jazz singer Kellye Gray and profiles The Standard Vocal Jazz Ensemble out of Kansas City Kansas Community College. Also spotlighted are jazz icons like Dexter Gordon and ...

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Thanksgiving Birthdays and Holiday Jazz

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An assortment of Thanksgiving-inspired jazz to whet your appetite and get your gratitude on, with birthday shout outs to Mose Allison, Rickie Lee Jones, Johnny Mercer and Sheila Jordan, plus a preview of who's performing in NYC for the holidays. Playlist Jen Hodge “The Swamp Bucket Challenge" from All's Fair in Love and Jazz ...

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Halloween Mischief, Spirits and Sweet Stuff

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Our Halloween broadcast is full of musical mischief, spirits and sweet stuff, with new releases from Giacomo Gates, Ayn Inserto, Alyssa Allgood and Vivian Sessoms, plus birthday shout outs to Milton Nascimento, Jazz Master Dianne Reeves, Jay Clayton, Cleo Laine and Andy Bey. Playlist Amanda Monaco “The Mean Reds" from Glitter (Posi-Tone Records) 00:00 ...

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Dinah Washington, Teri Thornton and a Cornucopia of New Releases

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In this episode we celebrate some heavyweight jazz birthdays --Dinah Washington, Teri Thornton and Alice Coltrane, to name a few. Plus a bumper crop of new releases as summer winds down. Playlist The Diva Jazz Orchestra “The Rhythm Changes" from The Diva Jazz Orchestra: 25th Anniversary Project (ArtistShare) 00:00 Madeleine Peyroux “On a ...

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Love Songs for August

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"What fresh Hell is this?" We begin with songs by Dorothy Parker, who, though best known for her sharp wisecracks, turned out several luscious standards in her day. In the second hour, we salute the great Count Basie then usher in the Leonard Bernstein centennial celebration; plus there is a bumper crop of new releases to ...

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Celebrate songwriters Abbey Lincoln and Bernice Petkere

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Many special birthdays in this episode of A Broad Spectrum as we honor the great Abbey Lincoln and remember Bernice Petkere, named the “Queen of Tin Pan Alley" by Irving Berlin for her songs “Close Your Eyes" and “"Lullaby of the Leaves." Playlist Linda Dachtyl “A Late One" from A Late One (Chicken ...


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