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La Lucha

La Lucha is a Tampa Bay based trio that consists of three best friends from three different parts of the world; Colombia, Mexico & United States. Its members are Alejandro Arenas, bass; Mark Feinman, drums; and John O’Leary, piano. Their repertoire is a diverse mixture of Latin inspired rhythms with Jazz standards, twisted arrangements of pop songs and original compositions. Each member of the trio has extensive national and international performance experience, including a tour of Italy and France with performances at the “Umbria Jazz Festival” and “Jazz a Juan” in Juan Les Pins

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A Look Back at Notable Recordings Composed by Women in 2020

Read "A Look Back at Notable Recordings Composed by Women in 2020" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Happy New Year! The broadcast begins 2021 with a look back at some of the notable 2020 releases made despite the disruption of the pandemic and all of its difficulties. Thanks for listening and please continue your support of the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown.Playlist Anne Sajdera ...

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Closing Out the Year 2020 With New Releases Plus A Remembrance Of Departed Artists

Read "Closing Out the Year 2020 With New Releases Plus A Remembrance Of Departed Artists" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Our year end broadcast features new releases from Paola Prestini & Magos Herrera, Lezlie Harrison and Sue Maskaleris with birthday shoutouts to pianists Janice Friedman, Una Mae Carlisle, vocalists Chris McNulty, Katie Bull, Edith Piaf and saxophonist Camille Thurman. Also remembering the many musicians who left us in 2020. Thanks for listening and please support the ...

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Final Holiday Releases Plus A New Recording From Brianna Thomas

Read "Final Holiday Releases Plus A New Recording From Brianna Thomas" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast features new holiday releases from The Moore-McColl Jazz Society, Adrian Cunningham & La Lucha, Elsa Nilsson, Simone Kopmajer, Sarah McKenzie and Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia plus a new recording by Brianna Thomas, more Grammy nominees and a special birthday shoutout to Gladys Shelley (best known for penning “How Did He Look?" and “Come ...

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La Lucha: Everybody Wants To Rule The World

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Pianist John C. O'Leary III, bassist Alejandro Arenas and drummer Mark Feinman, fast friends since they first met at the University of South Florida in 2006, draw on very different backgrounds and myriad sources when performing together as La Lucha. Whether digging into the Great American Songbook, exploring material from pop and classic rock radio, tapping ...

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Gemini Jazz - Birthday Celebrations for Irene Higginbotham, Hazel Scott, Geri Allen and More

Read "Gemini Jazz - Birthday Celebrations for Irene Higginbotham, Hazel Scott, Geri Allen and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Included are mid-June birthday shoutouts to Irene Higginbotham ("Good Morning Heartache"), and pianists Hazel Scott, Kenny Barron, Monika Herzig and Geri Allen, along with new releases from La Lucha, Dena DeRose, Sara Serpa and a final recording from Larry Willis. Thanks for listening and please continue to support all of these fine musicians -buy their recordings ...


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