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Katie Thiroux

Katie Thiroux is a bassist and vocalist of outstanding talent and determination. Coming from a musical family in Los Angeles, she was surrounded by music; beginning with violin lessons at age 4 then switching to the acoustic bass at age 8. While continuing her studies on bass, Katie explored both jazz and classical vocal styles; landing principal roles in the LA Opera and Opera Pacifica by the age of 10. Captivated by an early recording of Lionel Hampton, Katie was driven to pursue her love for jazz and began studying privately with jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton at the age of 12.

 In 2013, Katie formed The Katie Thiroux Quartet with guitarist Graham Dechter (Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Eliane Elias, Michael Buble), saxophonist Roger Neumann (Anita O'Day, Woody Herman) and drummer Matt Witek (Larry Fuller, John Pizzarelli Quartet)

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Article: Interview

Steven Feifke: Kinetic

Read "Steven Feifke: Kinetic" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In terms of physics, kinetic energy is described as a force or power which a body or object possesses by virtue of being in motion. With reference to the aptly named debut from the Steven Feifke Big Band, that ideal is fully applicable. Kinetic, recorded in early 2019 and released in April of 2021, capitalizes on ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Lisa Hilton, Foster Joseph and Francesca Remigi With Celebrations for Carole King, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jutta Hipp and More

Read "New Releases From Lisa Hilton, Foster Joseph and Francesca Remigi With Celebrations for Carole King, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jutta Hipp and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast begins the February fundraiser for the station and includes new releases from pianist Lisa Hilton, vocalist Foster Joseph and drummer Francesca Remigi with birthday shout outs to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jutta Hipp, Carole King (nominated a second time for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Bettye LaVette and Melody Gardot, among others.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Yonder Come the Blues - Happy Birthday to Dorothy Donegan, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald

Read "Yonder Come the Blues - Happy Birthday to Dorothy Donegan, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The final broadcast of Jazz Appreciation Month includes new releases from vocalist Lauren Henderson and the JC Hopkins Biggish Band, with birthday shout-outs to pianist Dorothy Donegan (pictured), Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey and legendary vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Thanks for your continued support and please support these artists and their music. Playlist Dorothy ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

You Can Never Be Too Magical - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding

Read "You Can Never Be Too Magical - Celebrating Esperanza Spalding" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week we feature new releases from vocalists Kat Edmonson, Tamuz Nissim, Maria Schafer and JD Walter with birthday shout outs to pianists Lil Armstrong, Marc Cary and Jutta Hipp, bassist Katie Thiroux, trumpeter Jeannie Tanner, and vocalist Ed Reed, among others. In the first hour, a celebration of Esperanza Spalding's latest Grammy win for Jazz ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann

Read "Juno Nominations and Remembering Debra Mann" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The first Week of the annual WFDU.FM February Fund Drive included new releases from pianists Lisa Hilton, Kait Dunton, Ellen Rowe and saxophonist Jordan Pettay with birthday shout outs to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jeanne Lee, Jutta Hipp, and Melody Gardot, among others. In the second hour, Debra Mann is remembered after news of her passing and ...

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Article: Profile

Brother Thelonious Re-Released At California North Coast Jazz and Ale House

Read "Brother Thelonious Re-Released At California North Coast Jazz and Ale House" reviewed by Arthur R George


"Brother Thelonious," an ale named in tribute to pianist Thelonious Monk using a Belgian Trappist brew style, is flowing again out of the North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, California and its jazz-devoted performance venue, The Sequoia Room. An intermission in production occurred after a dispute between North Coast Brewing and the Estate of the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

George Gershwin, Frank Foster & Late September New Releases

Read "George Gershwin, Frank Foster & Late September New Releases" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Birthday shout-outs to George Gershwin (with a nod to Ann Ronnell and Kay Swift, women writers that he encouraged) and saxophonist/arranger Frank Foster, along with new releases to round out the month of September. Playlist Lou Caputo “Busy Busy Busy" from Uh Oh! (Self-released) 00:00 Danny Bacher “Joy Spring" from Still Happy! (Whaling ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 3-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 3-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow


Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Concert 8: The Herdsmen -Bobby Shew meets Larry McKenna Trumpeter Bobby Shew is a well- known ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Love Songs for August

Read "Love Songs for August" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


"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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