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Lakecia Benjamin

Lakecia Benjamin is a Vandoren artist. Charismatic and dynamic saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin's electric stage presence and fiery sax work, has shared stages with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, Macy Gray and many others, brings the soul and funk up to a fever pitch in a show that's guaranteed to keep crowds dancing day or night. Though her own music with her band Lakecia Benjamin and Soul Squad is immersed in the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone and the Meters as well as classic jazz, Benjamin's soaring, dance floor-friendly grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level

Pursuance: The Coltranes

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: Liberia; Prema; Central Park West; Walk With Me; Going Home; Syreeta's Song Flute; Spiral; Om Shanti; Alabama; Acknowledgement; Turiya and Ramakrishna; Affinity.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lakecia Benjamin: Pursuance: The Coltranes

Read "Pursuance: The Coltranes" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Over the years, there have been many recorded tributes to John Coltrane but saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin takes the concept farther by paying homage to the work of both John and his wife, Alice Coltrane. Benjamin plays their compositions in a wide range of settings with a large cast of musicians, including a couple who actually worked ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mothers Day with Birthday Celebrations for Mary Lou Williams and Carla Bley

Read "Mothers Day with Birthday Celebrations for Mary Lou Williams and Carla Bley" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Mothers Day broadcast included new releases from the Posi-Tone Swingtet, bassist Anne Mette Iversen, vocalists Joan Watson-Jones, Rachelle Garniez, and Diane Schuur plus the Charles Pillow Ensemble, with birthday shout-outs to Carla Bley and Mary Lou Williams as well as a nod to a few Jazz Mothers and their children. Thanks for your continued support ...

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New Music for Dat Same Old Lockdown Routine

Read "New Music for Dat Same Old Lockdown Routine" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

As lockdown enters day number “both of us have lost count, haven't you? ," the boys decide to check out some new releases. There's a prestige project celebrating the First Couple of jazz, offerings from North and South of the US border, and a lo-fi jam session cut and pasted for your listening pleasure. Then Pat ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sebastien Ammann’s Color Wheel, Kenny Warren Trio and More

Read "Sebastien Ammann’s Color Wheel, Kenny Warren Trio and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

I doubt you would get much argument that trumpet players Herb Robertson and Dave Ballou, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Tom Rainey are among the finest of their generation. When Robertson and Ballou decided to form a quartet back in 2005, those four musical minds coming together pretty much assured some magic would happen. In 2007 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Celebrating Bessie Smith

Read "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Celebrating Bessie Smith" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Halfway through April, which is also Jazz Appreciation Month, the broadcast includes new releases from vocalist Nanette Frank, composer Wayne Alpern, trumpeter Johnny Summers and pianist Monika Herzig, with birthday shoutouts to the Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith, pianist Herbie Hancock, plus vocalists Marilyn Maye and Dusty Springfield. Thanks for listening and please support the ...

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Spring 2020

Read "Spring 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note, spotlighting titles that might otherwise go unnoticed. Jaromír Honzák Hard To Understand Animal Music 2020 The airy warm tones of “Francoise Truffaut" constitute an apt commencement for Czech double bassist Jaromír Honzák ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

To A New Day - a Lockdown Broadcast

Read "To A New Day - a Lockdown Broadcast" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

A special two hour remote broadcast of A Broad Spectrum -includes new releases from pianists Connie Han and Emie R. Roussel, guitarist Jocelyn Gould, vocalists Laila Biali, Thana Alexa, Lenora Zenzalai Helm and trumpetists Rachel Therrien and Jeremy Pelt , with a belated birthday shoutout to Jazz Master Bobby McFerrin. Playlist Connie Han “Mr. ...


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