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KENIA is renowned for her ability to translate the complex rhythms of her Brazilian homeland into jazzy creations that made her a star of the smooth jazz movement two decades ago. Her 2016 release on Mooka Records, “On We Go,” is a fresh collection of songs that will entice a new generation of listeners, as it showcases Kenia at the top of her form with a seductive, polished vocal phrasing. “Once again, the vocalist has bridged jazz, international pop and Brazilian music and done so effortlessly, in one of her best works to date” (Jazz Corner). “It’s hard to believe Kenia approaches any song with any trepidation


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Pittsburgh Celebrates the Guitar with "Four on Six" at Alphabet City

Read "Pittsburgh Celebrates the Guitar with "Four on Six" at Alphabet City" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

For countless bluesmen, rockers, and bossa players, the guitar is the path to jazz; that trail was blazed as early as the 1920s by practitioners such as Eddie Durham, Eddie Lang, Django Reinhardt, and Charlie Christian. For Pittsburgh guitarist Mark Strickland, it was Kenny Burrell's Midnight Blue (Blue Note, 1963) that first sparked his interest in ...


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Richie Cole: Cannonball

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Richie Cole and Julian “Cannonball" Adderley. It's as natural as soap and water. In an interview on this site, Cole proclaimed that the famed jazz musician was his favorite altoist. Like Adderley, Cole can cover a wide range of music--from the hardest of hard bop to commercial ditties. And also like Adderley, for Cole the audience ...


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Tony DePaolis: The Contemporary Dynamic

Read "The Contemporary Dynamic" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

Take everything you know about what a debut record should and should not be. Now promptly throw those ideas into oncoming traffic and don't look back. Young Pittsburgh bassist Tony DePaolis has redefined the boundaries of the all-important debut record with The Contemporary Dynamic. It's a concept album. It's a double album. ...


On We Go

Label: Mooka Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: On We Go; Summertime; Que Amor Esse; Melancia; Closer to Me; Pra Qu Que Inventaram a Bahia; Coming Home; Pretty World; For Donato (O Som do Donato); Illusion; Zureta; Nowhere Man


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JazzWeek Radio Chart: June 14, 2010

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 7 8 Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott East-West Trumpet Summit (Origin) 280 152 +128 10 71 1 4 2 9 10 Trombone Shorty Backatown (Verve Forecast) 205 144 +61 0 57 2 9 3 2 2 Dr. Lonnie Smith Spiral (Palmetto) 199 176 +23 5 ...


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JazzWeek Radio Chart: June 7, 2010

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 5 11 Joe Chambers Horace To Max (Savant) 180 156 +24 2 57 1 4 2 2 24 Dr. Lonnie Smith Spiral (Palmetto) 176 169 +7 7 59 2 3 3 16 4 Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden Jasmine (ECM) 171 119 +52 14 ...


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JazzWeek Radio Chart: May 31, 2010

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 21 10 Mike LeDonne The Groover (Savant) 178 103 +75 3 56 1 14 2 24 — Dr. Lonnie Smith Spiral (Palmetto) 169 102 +67 15 52 2 2 3 5 2 John Pizzarelli Rockin In Rhythm: A Tribute To Duke Ellington (Telarc) 163 ...


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Brazilian Vocalist Kenia Pays Homage to the Dorival Caymmi Songbook on Her New Mooka Records Release, "Kenia Celebrates Dorival Caymmi"

Brazilian Vocalist Kenia Pays Homage to the Dorival Caymmi Songbook on Her New Mooka Records Release, "Kenia Celebrates Dorival Caymmi"

Brazilian Vocalist Kenia Pays Homage To The Dorival Caymmi Songbook On Her New Mooka Records ReleaseKenia Celebrates Dorival Caymmi Ever hungry for new challenges, the sultry-voiced Brazilian enchantress Kenia, who reemerged on the jazz scene two years ago with the critically-acclaimed album Simply Kenia, serves up one of the most ...


Simply Kenia

Label: Mooka Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Par, Impar; Catupiry; Crazy; Anjo Da Velha Guarda; Being Cool; Your Face; Olha Ai; Lamentos; Deixa Dilson Vamos Nelson; O Que Vier Eu Traco; Angel Eyes; Nacao; Open Invitation; bonus tracks: Louca, Loca.


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