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"Music lives in that place where anything can be picked up. It can become a different statement in someone else's hands than in my hands. The fact that it can be passed from hand to hand is something beautiful, almost spiritual. It means different things in different places, and I approached this record as if there is no history. I was just a voice, and I loved it." —Lizz Wright With her latest album, Dreaming Wide Awake, Lizz has simultaneously delivered a record with "no history" and yet one that embraces the history of jazz, gospel, rhythm- and-blues and the singer-songwriter tradition

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases By Ada Rovatti, Christie Dashiell, Birthday Shoutouts To Etta James, Barbara Carroll & More

Read "New Releases By Ada Rovatti, Christie Dashiell, Birthday Shoutouts To Etta James, Barbara Carroll & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Allison Adams Tucker, Ada Rovatti, Christie Dashiell, Danette McMahon and Joel Tucker Commodore Trio plus preview singles from Norah Jones and Lizz Wright, with birthday shoutouts to Etta James, Pureum Jin, Barbara Carroll, Alexis Cole, George Evans and Kaisa Maensivu, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists ...

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Article: Album Review

Albert Vila: Reality Is Nuance

Read "Reality Is Nuance" reviewed by La-Faithia White


Reality Is Nuance features nine tracks from jazz guitarist Albert Vila and his trio. The trio is completed by bassist Doug Weiss, who has performed with jazz legends such as singers Joe Williams and Lizz Wright, and drummer Rudy Royston, who has performed with the late great Les McCann, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and The Mingus Big ...

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Article: Live Review

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Detroit Jazz Festival 2023 Hart Plaza & Campus Martius Detroit, MI September 1-4, 2023 Opening night is always a gas. Whether it takes the form of the annual rite of spring in baseball, the long anticipated opening of a Broadway play, or for that matter, the opening salvo of a world ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Mimi Fox and Ed Cherry, Birthday Shoutouts to Dolly Parton, Sade, Cheryl Bentyne And More

Read "New Releases From Mimi Fox and Ed Cherry, Birthday Shoutouts to Dolly Parton, Sade, Cheryl Bentyne And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from guitarists Mimi Fox and Ed Cherry, drummer Abbie Finn, vocalists Libby York, Paul Carrack, Jose James and Kari Kirkland, with birthday shoutouts to Dolly Parton, Sade, Lizz Wright, Peter Eldridge, Mariah Parker, Cheryl Bentyne and Kate McGarry, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by ...

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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 ...

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Article: Live Review

North Sea Jazz 2022

Read "North Sea Jazz 2022" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


North Sea Jazz Festival Ahoy Rotterdam Rotterdam, The Netherlands July 8-10, 2022 The post-pandemic, new North Sea normal seemed much the same as before, except the stakes were higher than usual due to economic recovery issues and continued uncertainty regarding Covid-19 resurgence. While the global entertainment sector bloomed ...

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Article: Live Review

Lizz Wright at Yoshi's Oakland

Read "Lizz Wright at Yoshi's Oakland" reviewed by Walter Atkins


Lizz Wright Yoshi's Oakland Oakland CA June 29, 2022 The accomplished vocalist and songwriter Lizz Wright introduced an exceptional blend of gospel, folk and jazz genres to an exuberant assembly at Yoshi's. Wright, accompanied by pianist Kenny Banks, gracefully took the stage to a full house in one of the San ...

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Article: Album Review

Thapelo Lekoane: Tapestry

Read "Tapestry" reviewed by Lucy Jacobs


Tapestry is Thapelo Lekoanes' stunning debut album. Lekoane is a South African artist with a long-standing career as a music director, vocalist and songwriter. Through these experiences, Lekoane has noticeably drawn from a deep well of jazz, folk, soul and world influences to produce this work. These influences are present in the album's sound which has ...

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News: Event

Adrienne Arsht Center Jazz Roots 2021-2022 Season Schedule

Adrienne Arsht Center Jazz Roots 2021-2022 Season Schedule

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County announces the return of the annual Jazz Roots series to the Center's Knight Concert Hall for the 2021-2022 season offering another incredible cast of jazz All-Stars beginning on November 5th, 2021 with “The Creation"-world premiere performance by legendary pianist Chucho Valdes and the Yoruban Orchestra ...


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