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Lena Horne


Lena Horne, the beautiful, elegant, talented singer and actress has become a legend. Her strong sense of her own identity, of justice, and of dignity forced her to struggle against social adversity, and allowed her to triumph. Music is just a part of her story. Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was born on June 30, 1917, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, her parents separated by the time she was three years old, and she lived for several years with her paternal grandparents. Her early life was nomadic: Horne's mother, who was a fairly unsuccessful stage performer, took the young Lena on the road with her, and they lived in various parts of the South before returning to Horne's grandparents' home in Brooklyn in 1931 Horne had early ambitions to be a performer--against the wishes of her family, who believed that she should aspire to greater heights


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington & Lena Horn

Read "Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington & Lena Horn" reviewed by Joe Dimino

In honor of the 2022 book Dangerous Rhythms by New York Times best selling author T.J English, we constructed an hour of jazz celebrating the story of his intersection of the mob and the music. It starts in Chicago with the great King Oliver and ends in New York City with Jimmy Durante. In between, we ...


Article: Album Review

Marjorie Barnes & Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Both Sides Now

Read "Both Sides Now" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Marjorie Barnes, a native New Yorker who has been living in Europe for almost fifty years including several decades in the Netherlands, summons her many years of experience to brighten and embroider Both Sides Now, her impressive debut recording with the world-class Millennium Jazz Orchestra (MJO). Barnes sang in the mid-1970s with the multiple Grammy Award-winning ...


Article: Book Review

Philadelphia Jazz

Read "Philadelphia Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Philadelphia Jazz Suzanne Cloud and Diane Turner 127 pages ISBN 978-1-4671-0784-6 Images of America Arcadia Publishing 2022 Philadelphia longs to be known as a jazz town, a city distinguished by its major contribution to the jazz legacy. There is a good ...


Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...


Article: Live Review

Horne to Strayhorn At Black Repertory Theater

Read "Horne to Strayhorn At Black Repertory Theater" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Nina Causey Black Repertory Theater Horne to Strayhorn Berkeley, CA November 19, 2022 Horne to Strayhorn, an original musical play created by Dr. Mona Vaughn Scott, celebrated and explored the complicated relationship between the legendary Lena Horne and the brilliant jazz composer Billy Strayhorn. Saturday's performance featured Bay Area vocalist ...


News: TV / Film

TV Special: Tony and Lena in 1973

TV Special: Tony and Lena in 1973

In London in July 1973, Tony Bennett and Lena Horne (above) performed an hour-long concert together before a live audience on BBC television. Later that year in September, ABC broadcast the British TV special in the U.S. The ratings were so strong that producers decided to book the pair into Broadway's Minskoff Theatre the following fall ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Save The Country - Songs Celebrating July 4th, New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts and More

Read "Save The Country - Songs Celebrating July 4th, New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast presents new releases from pianist Caili O'Doherty, bassist Michael Fiorino, the Nikos Chatzitsakos Tiny Big Band and a special digital reissue of Salome Bey's debut album, plus birthday shoutouts to Lena Horne, Tierney Sutton, Brandee Younger, Rhoda Scott, Madeline Eastman and Queen Esther, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Sylvia Brooks

Read "Take Five With Sylvia Brooks" reviewed by AAJ Staff

The content of this article has been updated since its 2009 publish date. Meet Sylvia Brooks: Since the release of her captivating debut, 2009's Dangerous Liaisons, jazz vocalist Sylvia Brooks has displayed a gift for inhabiting different personas, with a subspecialty in film-noir inspired femmes fatale. On her fourth album, Signature, she embraces the ...


Article: History of Jazz

Groove Town: Buffalo Jazz And Its Legacy - Historical Insights

Read "Groove Town: Buffalo Jazz And Its Legacy - Historical Insights" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz

From early on, Buffalo attracted musicians as a place to live and pursue their artistic endeavors—and they were excellent ones: Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jimmie Lunceford, Pete Johnson, and Stuff Smith. Dodo Greene, two masters of polyrhythm, Frankie Dunlop and Clarence Becton, as well as pianist and bassist Wade Legge grew up here. Two distinctive voices on ...


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