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Marilyn Harris

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Singer-pianist-songwriter Marilyn Harris boasts an enviable jazz pedigree. After studying composition with Hale Smith at UConn and film scoring with Ray Wright and Manny Albam at Eastman School of Music, Marilyn worked extensively with jazz arranger Gil Evans and studied piano with Richard Tee and Rodgers Grant. Her talents have graced not only her own recordings, but a wide variety of other artists' work including co- writing a gold record with Jim Brickman, doing arrangements for Bette Midler, Lola Falana and Donna McKechnie, and her songs have been covered by jazz vocalists Anne Marie Moss, Jackie Paris, Claire Martin, Bobbe Norris, Judi Silvano and Diane Hubka. Marilyn was born in Syracuse, NY and grew up in Hartford, CT

Article: Radio & Podcasts

I'm Gonna Go Fishin' on a Sunday Afternoon

Read "I'm Gonna Go Fishin' on a Sunday Afternoon" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


A new month begins with recent releases from the Cory Weeds Quartet and vocalist Naama Gheber, with birthday shoutouts to Duke Ellington and Judy Collins in the first hour, followed by pianists Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn and Connie Crothers (pictured). Thanks for your continued support and please support the artists you hear on this broadcast and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Wild Is Love - Celebrating Nat King Cole's Centennial

Read "Wild Is Love - Celebrating Nat King Cole's Centennial" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


We take a brief detour in the middle of Women's History Month to celebrate the centennial of Nat “King" Cole in the second hour and play some of the songs he was famous for. The show also includes new releases from guitarist/vocalists Camila Meza, John Pizzarelli, and trumpeter Samantha Boshnack with more birthday shout outs to ...

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Article: Album Review

Cheryl Bentyne / Mark Winkler: Cheryl Bentyne / Mark Winkler: West Coast Cool

Read "Cheryl Bentyne / Mark Winkler:  West Coast Cool" reviewed by Edward Blanco


In 2010, veteran Los Angeles singer/lyricist Mark Winkler joined forces with the Manhattan Transfer's lead singer, multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Cheryl Bentyne, playing the music of the '50s and '60s commonly known as West Coast Jazz at venues throughout California and elsewhere. West Coast Cool is this remarkable duo's music-only version of their live show, turning its ...

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News: Video / DVD

"72 DAYS - The Kim Kardashian Blues" by Marilyn Harris

Marilyn Harris' new song is getting all kinds of attention from jazz fans who appreciate her biting humor and swingin'-time, ribbing the “reality" stars' marital hijinks! About Marilyn Harris Singer-pianist-songwriter Marilyn Harris boasts an enviable jazz pedigree. After studying composition with Hale Smith at UConn and film scoring with Ray Wright and Manny Albam ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Jack's Gone! No He Isn't; Yes He Is; No He Isn't...!

Read "Jack's Gone! No He Isn't; Yes He Is; No He Isn't...!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As I sat down to write this month's column, word came that trumpeter Jack Sheldon had died. No sooner had I written a few words about that when word came that trumpeter Jack Sheldon had not died. After some back-and-forth on the internet (is he or isn't he?), the last report, it seems, was the true ...

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Article: Profile

Marilyn Harris: The Future Has Arrived

Read "Marilyn Harris: The Future Has Arrived" reviewed by Craig M. Cortello


The title track to pianist/vocalist Marilyn Harris' Future Street (Wrightwood, 2004) details that magical avenue where all things are possible, where potential is realized, and where dreams can come true. Listening to her follow-up Round Trip (Wrightwood, 2006), a compilation of twelve songs featuring powerhouse arrangements and ten original compositions, it's clear that the future has ...

Album

Round Trip

Label: Wrightwood Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Round Trip; The Cards Keep Comin

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Article: Album Review

Marilyn Harris: Round Trip

Read "Round Trip" reviewed by Jim Santella


With her heart stuck on jazz for keeps, Marilyn Harris sings this program of originals, plus two chestnuts, with the authenticity of a life-long veteran. She knows. Big band arrangements by Mark Wolfram give the session such a flair that its memory lingers on long after the disc has completed its spin. Wolfram fashions the big ...

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Article: Album Review

Marilyn Harris with the LA Jazz All-Stars Big Band: Round Trip

Read "Round Trip" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Marilyn Harris is that rare musical commodity who can write funny and clever songs in the tradition of Dave Frishberg, Bob Dorough (who appears on this album) and Mose Allison, among others. She also writes “serious" songs that tell a story (eg. “That Afternoon in Harlem," which specifically relates to a jazz environment, or “Letting Go," ...


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