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In a remarkable recording career that spans three and a half decades, Kenny Rankin has established an impressive set of creative credentials, as an insightful songwriter, a distinctive guitarist and, above all, a world-class singer possessing an uncanny ability to cut straight to a song's emotional heart. While his supple, pristine tenor has earned him status as a singer's singer, Rankin's songwriting talents have been widely recognized by his peers. For example, his "In the Name of Love" inspired a memorable version by Peggy Lee, while his "Haven't We Met" has been cut by a number of jazz and pop artists including Carmen McRae and Mel Torme

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Free Association, Vol. 4 with Stephanie Byrne

Read "Free Association, Vol. 4 with Stephanie Byrne" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Free Association is a series of collaborative mix-tapes curated by Mondo Jazz in association with musicians and selectors of various backgrounds. Free Association mix-tapes develop as a conversation. The first selector sends a tune cherry-picked to suit, and ideally surprise, the second selector who then, in turn, returns the favor. An hour or so ...

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Article: Profile

Roy McCurdy: From Cannonball to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame

Read "Roy McCurdy: From Cannonball to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame" reviewed by Scott Gudell


When we placed a call from New York to Los Angeles in the early part of 2021, the articulate and vibrant drummer Roy McCurdy answered and quickly connected us back to the 1950s. He told us about his hometown of jny: Rochester, New York, his early days performing with Chuck Mangione and Gap Mangione and how ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

I See You; I Hear You

Read "I See You; I Hear You" reviewed by H William Stine


I think one of the responsibilities of having a microphone every week is knowing when to shut up. I did that (for the most part) this week and let singers and songwriters who for so many years have seen and heard with perception and then written with eloquent honesty about this painful struggle playing out once ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

I Gotta Swing - Celebrating Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys

Read "I Gotta Swing - Celebrating Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week's broadcast includes new releases from Danish sax/flute/clarinetist Sarah Elgeti, flutist Elsa Nilsson, vocalists Lizzie Thomas and Chanda Rule, pianists Lynne Arriale and Carla Bley plus the Kenny Barron / Dave Holland Trio with birthday shout outs to Blanche Calloway (sister of Cab Calloway, pictured), Dena DeRose, Sharel Cassity, Marsha Heydt, Kenny Rankin and Melissa ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Groundhog Day

Read "Groundhog Day" reviewed by H William Stine


Explain to me again why we created a holiday to honor an ugly, destructive rodent and a misguided superstition while continuing to discredit the value of scientific facts in our lives? I based my Groundhog Day celebration on the classic movie and this rule: if you hear a song once this week, you're going to hear ...

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Article: Interview

David Finck: The Bass, Scatting Offenses, and the Back Hoe

Read "David Finck: The Bass, Scatting Offenses, and the Back Hoe" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


David Finck is not only a first-call bassist with a long resume of high-profile recordings and gigs, but he's one of the most versatile musicians on any instrument. Finck has been in the studio, touring, and/or sharing the world's greatest stages with everyone from Andre Previn to Ivan Lins, Woody Herman to Natalie Cole and Kenny ...

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Article: Album Review

Jan Shapiro: Piano Bar After Hours

Read "Piano Bar After Hours" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Vocalist Jan Shapiro is best known as an educational fixture at Berklee College of Music. She arrived at that venerable institution nearly three decades ago and she's shaped countless voices and careers in the intervening years, serving as teacher, role model and, for more than a decade, head of the vocal department in Berklee's Performance Division. ...

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Article: Meet the Staff

Meet Dr. Judith Schlesinger

Read "Meet Dr. Judith Schlesinger" reviewed by AAJ Staff


I currently live in: Dobbs Ferry, NY I joined All About Jazz in: 2002 What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? Was thrilled to discover it back in 2002. Happy to do whatever I can to nurture and promote my favorite music. How do you ...

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Article: In the Artist's Own Words

Steve Khan: The Making of "Parting Shot"

Read "Steve Khan: The Making of "Parting Shot"" reviewed by Steve Khan


The term, “parting shot" can certainly be interpreted in any number of ways. Perhaps for most of us, it would be best defined like this: “a threat, insult, condemnation, sarcastic retort, or, gesture delivered while departing." I choose to view it as the latter, thinking of a light punch to the shoulder as the final gesture! ...


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