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Kenny Rankin

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

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

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 ...

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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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 ...

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! ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jack Donahue: Parade

Read "Parade" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Parade is an odd name for an album that's largely built on material of a subtle nature. This CD takes its name from the opening track, “Before The Parade Passes By," but vocalist Jack Donahue doesn't barrel through this song--or most others--like a fast-moving float. He usually prefers to use his pipes to tell a story, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Out Today--6 Titles by Late Singer-Songwriter Kenny Rankin on Sly Dog Records

Out Today--6 Titles by Late Singer-Songwriter Kenny Rankin on Sly Dog Records

MACK AVENUE RECORDS RELEASES SIX TITLES BY THE LATE SINGER-SONGWRITER KENNY RANKIN ON THE SLY DOG IMPRINT Four Titles Digitally Re-Mastered From Original Tapes MIND-DUSTERSFAMILYLIKE A SEEDSILVER MORNINGINSIDETHE KENNY RANKIN ALBUM Today, the Mack Avenue label imprint Sly Dog Records releases six titles by singer-songwriter Kenny Rankin (who died in Los ...


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